MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018
ALABAMA - BENEFIT CONCERT
The band Alabama will headline a benefit concert for tornado relief in Jacksonville, Alabama. A storm hit the campus of Jacksonville State University in March. AL-dot-com reports the Sept. 26th concert also will include the Charlie Daniels Band, Jamey Johnson and Shenandoah. Alabama singer Randy Owen says J-S-U is near and dear to his heart as an alumnus and they are ready to do their part to help.
GIBSON GUITARS - BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION
Chuck Berry played Gibson guitars. So did B.B. King, and Pete Townshend and Joan Jett and Eric Clapton and Santana and hundreds of other guitarists,. The company that makes those guitars has filed for bankruptcy protection after years of debt. Gibson Brands will still sell guitars as it continues operations with 135-million dollars in financing from lenders.
ASHLEE SIMPSON - REALITY SERIES
Ashlee Simpson and her husband, Evan Ross, will do a reality show based on their upcoming duets album. The E!
Channel will follow Simpson and Ross, who is the son of Diana Ross, as they record the album and raise a family. The show has a working title of ``Ashlee and Evan.'' It will premiere later this year.
BRIAN WILSON - POSTPONES TOUR
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is calling off his May concert dates because he needs immediate back surgery. Wilson says in a statement he's been having issues and recently the pain has gotten worse. He says his doctors are optimistic that the surgery will relieve the pain. Wilson's tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys album ``Pet Sounds'' was to begin Monday in Washington. His next scheduled date is June 15th outside Victoria, B-C.
TONY AWARDS - MUSICALS
If ``Spongebob SquarePants: The Musical'' wins the Tony Award for best original score, it could be a who's who of music accepting it. The score was a collaborative effort with top artists each writing one song. The songwriters include Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sara Bareilles , The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic At The Disco, Plain White T's, T.I. and They Might Be Giants. Bruce Springsteen will be given a special Tony Award for his run of shows on Broadway.
Ariana LaBose and LaChanze, two of the actresses who play Donna Summer in ``Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,'' got nominations.
Jimmy Buffett's musical ``Escape to Margaritaville'' was snubbed.
The Tonys will be given out June 10th in New York.
LANCE BASS - 'N SYNC
Lance Bass says he did not come out as gay during the height of 'N Sync's popularity because he didn't want to mess things up for the other four. Bass said during the unveiling of the group's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday he didn't want to jeopardize the careers of his group-mates or the hundreds of other people who helped make 'N Sync possible. Bass says he'd see young gay fans from the stage who were singing their hearts out and he wanted to let them know he was one of them. He says he didn't have the strength then, but he does now.
KANYE WEST - SLAVERY
Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West has caused another stir. This time he's getting attention for calling American slavery a ``choice,'' It happened in an interview on ``T-M-Z Live'' _ when he was trying to explain his previous controversy: his expressed support for U-S President Donald Trump. The dismissal of slavery as a choice didn't sit well with the T-M-Z staffers. At one point, West asked ``Do you feel like I'm thinking free and feel free?'' One responded: ``''I actually don't think you're thinking anything.``
JOHNNY CASH - GOLD RECORD
Visitors to the Johnny Cash Museum will finally be able to see his first gold record. The plaque for ``I Walk The Line'' has been in the hands of private collectors since it was sold to an anonymous buyer shortly after Cash's death. Museum founder Bill Miller purchased the plaque from a private collector in Germany earlier this year. It's now on display with Cash's other gold and platinum records.
(The Associated Press)