USIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018
Canadian rock musician Matthew Good was taken to hospital last night after collapsing on stage during a show at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium. Singer Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, which is touring with Good, told the crowd Good had collapsed due to pneumonia. A message posted on Good's official Twitter account said the musician had been taken to hospital as a precaution. There was no word yet on whether they would perform as scheduled tonight at the C-N Centre in Prince George, B-C.
``WHO BIT BEYONCE'' - SPECULATION
If you're following the speculation game of who bit Beyonce, actresses Sanaa Latham and Sara Foster deny it. It started when comedian Tiffany Haddish told G-Q magazine she saw an actress bite Beyonce on the face at a party after Jay-Z's Los Angeles concert on Dec. 22nd. Unidentified sources narrowed in on Lathan and Foster. After Beyonce fans swarmed Lathan's Twitter with bee emojis, Lathan responded with, ``Y'all are funny. Under no circumstances did I bite Beyonce and if I did it would've been a love bite.'' Foster says, ``Flattering that anyone thinks I could get this close to Beyonce.'' Beyonce's spokeswoman did not return an Associated Press request for comment.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEES
Ricky Skaggs says his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame ``makes it official'' -- for all the fans who thought he already was in the hall of fame. Skaggs will be inducted as the modern era performer, Dottie West as the veteran era performer and Johnny Gimble as the recording and/or touring musician. West's friend, Jeannie Seely, says West loved lights like lamps and candles and always had them burning. She says West probably turned on every light in heaven because of her inclusion in the hall. Cyndy Gimble, Johnny's daughter, says her father once said that if someone gets a kick out of his playing, maybe it's worth doing. The inductions will be later this year in Nashville.
JESSE HUGHES - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal has taken down his Instagram posts criticizing the March For Our Lives as ``pathetic.'' Hughes had said in posts over the weekend that the students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were ``exploiting'' the deaths of their fellow students. Hughes cited his own experience as a mass shooting survivor at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2015. He said students who took time off school to protest ``insult the memory of those who were killed and abuse and insult me and every other lover of liberty by your every action.''
Hughes' agent did not return a request for comment.
ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING - INQUIRY
An inquiry into the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last May reveals firefighters were not allowed to go to the scene for more than two hours. The report says police arrived on the scene within a minute of the bombing, but firefighters were kept away because the senior officer on duty mistakenly believed an active shooter was still loose. The inquiry panel said it could not determine whether quicker deployment could have saved lives. However, it said lives were saved when a police duty inspector decided to override protocol and let police and medics stay in the area. Twenty-two people were killed in the attack.
ASHLEY McBRYDE - PROVES TEACHER WRONG
Ashley McBryde recalls sitting in algebra class and the teacher asking what everyone was going to do with their lives. When McBryde said she was going to make songs in Nashville, the teacher called her ``stupid.'' McBryde says the teacher told her she needed to remember where she comes from -- Mammoth Spring, Arkansas -- and she better have a backup plan. McBryde says her backup plan was not to have one. Her ``Girl Going Nowhere'' album comes out Friday. McBryde says, ``Still to this day, I have not used algebra.''
PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL - LINEUP
Jack White, Chris Stapleton and Lionel Richie will headline the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on Sept. 22nd and 23rd. Other performers include Hozier, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows, Bleachers, Dawes, Elle King and the festival's co-founder, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. It's the fourth year the festival has been staged.
US NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE - LINEUP
Usher, Common, The Roots and Kirk Franklin will play a concert in Montgomery, Alabama, to open a memorial to victims of lynching. The April 27th concert will celebrate the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Other performers include and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Gary Clark Junior. Sweet Honey In The Rock and Bebe Winans will play the opening ceremony on April 26th.
(The Associated Press)