MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018
Matthew Good's concert scheduled for last night in Prince George, B-C was postponed for a day as the Canadian rocker recovered from pneumonia. A post on his social media accounts says the concert with him and Our Lady Peace at the C-N Centre will now take place tonight. Good was taken to hospital on Tuesday night after collapsing onstage during a performance at Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium. His social media accounts said he was taken to hospital ``as a precautionary measure.''
Lawyers for Prince's family will get to see the investigative files on his death under strict guidelines.
Prosecutor Mark Metz says the investigation into Prince's death on April 21st, 2016, is still active, so the data is confidential.
Prince's family attorneys want to look at the data within the next month to decide whether to file a lawsuit before a two-year statute of limitations expires. A judge's order specifies the attorneys may view the data only at a sheriff's office and cannot copy, share or openly discuss the files.
It's pressure enough for John Legend to portray Jesus in the live version of ``Jesus Christ Superstar.'' One thing not weighing on his mind, though: whether he'll be in contention for an Emmy. Legend has a Grammy, Tony and Oscar. He jokes he's ``aware of the gap'' in his EGOT but he has no presumptions that he'll win an award on only his second acting role. He made his acting debut in ``La La Land.'' ''Jesus Christ Superstar`` airs Sunday on N-B-C.
FETTY WAP GIVES AWAY GIFT CARDS
Fetty Waphanded out gift cards to families in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, on Tuesday. The Record of Woodland Park reports Fetty gave out the cards at a Price Rite in Center City Mall. A line of hundreds of people stretched outside and around the block. Fetty joked he hoped he'd get a couple of invitations to Easter dinner. He says he came from not having much and now he can do a lot more, so he wants to help as many people as he can. Fetty has donated Thanksgiving turkeys in Paterson since 2015.
Twenty-five years after ``Doggystyle'' was a number-one album on the pop and on the R&B charts, Snoop Dogg has hit number one again -- on the gospel chart. Billboard reports the album ``Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love'' is number one on the Gospel Albums chart. The double album features guest appearances by Faith Evans, K-Ci, Patti LaBelle, Mary Mary and Charlie Wilson.
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: STAGE THOUGHTS
What do members of Manchester Orchestra think about while they're playing a concert? Positive thoughts, if they're lucky, according to singer Andy Hull. He says he might think about his family, or how grateful he is to be there. He says the trouble starts if he starts thinking that people aren't liking the music, and maybe he should get another job. Guitarist Robert McDowell says the best circumstance is when he's in a groove and realizes half the show is over. He says it's like listening to good music on a road trip and suddenly you're halfway there.
``ROCKTOPIA'' ENLISTS DEE SNIDER
Dee Snider is joining the Broadway show ``Rocktopia'' April 9th-15th. The show combines classic rock with classical compositions. Pat Monahan of Train is with the show through April 8th. After Snider's run, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick will take over April 23rd-29th.
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has become a celebrity ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. Campbell says he can empathize with patients in need of hospice care after his
2013 diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The group's head, Margaret Butler, says Campbell took a particular interest in the charity and is especially fascinated with their use of music therapy for patients and their families.
WE DAY CALIFORNIA
Selena Gomez, The Chainsmokers, Paula Abdul and Dierks Bentley are among the musicians who will participate in the youth empowerment event WE Day California.
Organizers say more than 16-thousand students and teachers will gather in Los Angeles on April 19th to discuss ways to bring ``positive change'' to the world. Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Richie and Maddie Ziegler are among the celebrities who will take part. The event will be broadcast as an A-B-C special on August 17th.
``2001: A SPACE ODYESSY''
An unrestored 70-millimetre print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece ``2001: A Space Odyssey'' is coming to select U-S theatres soon. The release is set for May and will be in celebration of the movie's 50th anniversary. Warner Brothers Pictures says the cut will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12th before launching in select U-S theatres on May 18th.
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan will introduce the film at the Cannes premiere, where members of Kubrick's family will also be in attendance. Kubrick died in 1999.
RHONY - DOUBLE HOMICIDE
A man has been convicted in a double homicide involving a burning car owned by a woman who often appeared on ``Real Housewives of New Jersey.'' NorthJersey-dot-com reports Gerry Thomas was convicted yesterday of two counts of felony murder and aggravated arson and attempted robbery but was acquitted of murder and weapons charges. The 29-year-old man faces 30-years to life on each felony murder count when he's sentenced in May. The bodies of Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega were found last year in Paterson in the blazing car Anderson had borrowed from the son of Kim DE Paola, who frequently appeared on the Bravo reality T-V show.
(The Associated Press)