MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
SKYLARKS FORCE RELOCATION OF ED SHEERAN CONCERT
Ed Sheeran's concert in Germany has been displaced by rare birds. A spokesman for production company F-K-P Scorpio says it will move Sheeran's July 22nd concert from Essen airport to nearby Dusseldorf because of potential impact on the local population of skylarks. More than 80-thousand people are expected to attend. However, even the new site is drawing criticism.
Conservationists have complained about plans to chop down about 100 trees and transplant dozens of others to make way for the crowds.
KATIE ARMIGER HELPS PUSH BILL TO PROTECT MUSICIANS FROM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Country singer-songwriter Katie Armiger is supporting a bill moving through the Tennessee legislature that would give better protections to musicians.
Armiger says because musicians are not considered employees of a record label, bringing action against sexual misconduct is poorly defined. This bill would change that. Armiger says by time she was 18, she was subjected to innuendos, sexual comments and unwanted touching. She says she was told not only to tolerate it, but to encourage it, because that's how it's done in country music.
FLAMING LIPS AND DOGFISH HEAD CREATE BEER-THEMED MUSIC AND MUSIC-THEMED BEER
Flaming Lips and Dogfish Head Brewery have inspired each other on a collaboration that's part music, part beer.
Dogfish has created a pink-tinged pale ale called Dragons and YumYums. Flaming Lips have created a song based on the ingredients of that beer. It's called ``The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon'' and it will be released as a seven-inch single, with the flip side being ``Pouring Beer in Your Ear.'' Taking that collaboration a step further, Dogfish and Flaming Lips will release 100 translucent records that will contain the actual beer.
WAYNE KRAMER CREATES MC50 BAND FOR ``KICK OUT THE JAMS''
Wayne Kramer of the M-C-5 will celebrate 50 years of the album ``Kick Out The Jams'' with a band he's calling M-C-50. He's enlisted Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Dug Pinnick of King's X and singer Marcus Durant. Tour dates have not been announced, except for the final date: October 27th in Detroit. Kramer says the world has lived with the album for
50 years, so he's not interested in doing a note-for-note reproduction of it. He says the musicians he's enlisted will help him -- quote -- ``bring the monster back to life.''
ANN WILSON PREPARES COVERS ALBUM
Singer Ann Wilson of Heart is going old-school in the recording of her new solo album. She's doing it on a tape recorder. Wilson says that creates a sound that's ``vibrant, present and powerful.'' She's recording songs made famous by musicians who have died in the past few years. So far she's recorded ``Back To Black'' by Amy Winehouse, ``You Don't Own Me'' by Lesley Gore and ``Life in the Fast Lane,'' in honour of Glenn Frey. She also plans to remake songs by Chris Cornell, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Tom Petty.
FYRE FESTIVAL ORGANIZER PLEADS GUILTY
The promoter of a Bahamas music festival that was supposed to feature Blink-182 and Migos has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. Billy McFarland entered the plea yesterday in New York. He admitted to using fake documents to trick investors in the Fyre Festival. Sentencing is set for June 21st. The festival promised two luxurious weekends on an island last April and May, but attendees got leaky tents and cheese sandwiches.
(The Associated Press)