GEORGE CLINTON - RETIREMENT
George Clinton plans to retire from touring in a year. Clinton, who is 76, tells Billboard magazine anyone who has been coming to his shows in the past couple of years would have noticed that he's out front less and less. He says his recent pacemaker surgery is not the reason why he will retire. He says Parliament-Funkadelic has always been about the music and it will continue long after he stops. Clinton plans to do his last show in May 2019.
BOB DYLAN - A WHISKEY MAN
Bob Dylan is getting into the premium whiskey business. The New York Times reports Dylan's Heaven's Door whiskey will go on sale next month for 50 to 80-dollars a bottle. A limited-edition Bootleg Series will go on sale next year for 300-dollars. Dylan paired with liquor maker Marc Bushala to create it, and Bushala says the hardest part was decoding what Dylan wanted. Bushala says sometimes Dylan's feedback would just be a long look, or he'd say something like the whiskey ``should feel like being in a wood structure.''
DIERKS BENTLEY - FLIP PHONE
Dierks Bentley's quest to be a more authentic person means he's given up the smartphone. Bentley says he uses a flip phone, which helps him be more present in the moment. Bentley says it means he has to carry more stuff that his iPhone used to do for him, like a camera, a voice recorder, a guitar tuner and even pen and paper. He's planning only a few years of being ``untethered,'' though. His daughter is nine years old and he figures within two years an iPhone is going to be the only way he'll be able to communicate with her.
.AJ. COLE'S ``KOD'' - NUMBER ONE
AJ. Cole has had a huge debut with his new album, ``KOD.'' It moved 397-thousand units in its first week of release, putting it at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
It's J. Cole's fifth number-one album. ``Invasion of Privacy'' by Cardi B is number two. ``Eat The Elephant'' by A Perfect Circle is third. ``The Greatest Showman'' is fourth, and last week's number one, Jason Aldean's ``Rearview Town,'' falls to fifth.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST - LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS
Police in Las Vegas will meet today to decide how and when to release documents related to the Route 91 Harvest Festival shootings in Las Vegas in October. Last week, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against a bid by police to delay the release of records that include officer body camera videos, 9-1-1 recordings, evidence logs and interview reports. Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds injured during the festival by a gunman firing from a hotel window. The Associated Press and other news organizations had sought the release of records related to the investigation. Police department lawyers argue the investigation is not complete and it would be time-consuming to comply with the public records request.
(The Canadian Press)