MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - SUPER BOWL - GUEST MUSICIANS
Justin Timberlake says Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, 'N Sync or Chris Stapleton will not be special guests for his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday. Timberlake says his only special guests will be his band, The Tennessee Kids. Timberlake says he brought his almost-three-year-old son, Silas, to rehearsals on Wednesday and ``was shocked at how quickly he could cover 100 yards.''
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - PRINCE
Justin Timberlake had nothing but wonderful things to say about Prince during the Super Bowl press conference in Minneapolis yesterday. Timberlake calls Prince a huge influence and ``the greatest all-around musician I can think of in popular culture.'' Timberlake came under fire from Prince fans for his decision to hold a listening party at Prince's Paisley Park last night. Timberlake and Prince had a history of dissing each other in 2006. Timberlake says the times he spent talking about music with Prince are memories he'll take with him forever.
BROTHERS OSBORNE - ``ROCKY TOP''
Brothers Osborne guitarist John Osborne says people yell ``Rocky Top!'' at their concerts like they're the first ones to think of it. He says it was funny the first 500 times.
Brothers Osborne finally decided to learn it, as a tip of the hat to the Osborne Brothers, who made that song a hit in 1967. Singer T-J Osborne says they discovered that they like playing ``Rocky Top,'' but they have to be careful where they play it, because the Tennessee Volunteers adopted it for sporting events. He says they can't play it in Georgia or Alabama. And if some smarty-pants yells out ``Free Bird!'' at their shows, they're ready too. John Osborne says they worked up a 45-second version of that song.
SUGE KNIGHT LAWYER - ARREST
A defence lawyer for Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight has been allowed back on Knight's murder case after being arrested himself last week. Knight agreed in a Los Angeles court yesterday to allow Thaddeus Culpepper to represent him, in spite of a possible conflict of interest.
Culpepper was arrested last week on suspicion of being an accessory after murder. No charges were filed. Culpepper says he was never told why he was arrested. Prosecutors filed court papers last week that said Culpepper had tried to get a sheriff's department informant to testify he witnessed events that would help Knight's case. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Los Angeles burger stand in 2015, killing one of them.
JOURNEY - JONATHAN CAIN - AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Jonathan Cain of Journey will tell his life story. He will publish an autobiography called ``Don't Stop Believin': The Man, The Band and The Song That Inspired Generations.'' As a child, Cain survived a fire at his school in Chicago that killed 92 children and three nuns. As an adult, he suffered setbacks in his music career before winding up in Journey.
The book also details Cain's Christian faith and is published by Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The book comes out May 1st.
(The Associated Press)