MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018
GEORGE MICHAEL - NO MORE TRIBUTES
George Michael's family is asking fans to stop with the tributes outside his homes because the family is trying to be good neighbours. Michael's family posted a statement asking fans to remove flowers, photos and other gifts left at his home in London and the one in Goring, about 80-kilometres away, by the end of the month. They point out that Michael liked his privacy and the family cannot expect the neighbours to continue to be gracious about the tributes. Instead, the family suggests that fans remember Michael through charitable contributions, volunteering or random acts of kindness.
JAMES BROWN DRUMMER - REMEMBERED
Bootsy Collins remembers James Brown drummer John ``Jab'o'' (JAB'-oh) Starks as, ``Wow, what a funky drummer.''
Questlove calls Starks ``a serious funk god'' whose drumming spawned New Jack Swing and other R-and-B movements of the 1990s. Starks, along with Clyde Stubblefield, was part of the two-drummer lineup in James Brown's band in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He played on hits like ``Sex Machine,'' ''Super Bad`` and ''The Playback.`` Starks died Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama, at the age of 79. He had entered hospice care for cancer and a bone marrow disorder.
ROBIN ZANDER - ONLINE COMIC
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick has been working on an online comic that he thinks could be ``revolutionary.'' Zander says it's called ``The High Priest of Rhythmic Noise'' after a song co-written by bandmate Rick Nielsen.
Zander describes it as a graphic novel cut into segments, but he doesn't want to say too much because he's afraid someone will steal his idea. He started working on the concept in 1983, but at the time he thought he was writing a movie. He says he's done about ten rewrites, but he's still looking for the best way to put it out.
Cheap Trick will kick off a tour with Poison beginning May 18th in Irvine, California.
YES - GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
The band Yes will mark 50 years together this year with an anniversary tour and fan convention. Founding keyboardist Tony Kaye will join Yes on tour beginning June 5th outside Chicago. The current version of Yes includes Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and Alan White. Cover artist Roger Dean will appear at select dates to sell special tour prints. The Yes Fan Convention will take place in Philadelphia on July 21st. A five-album vinyl boxed set featuring remixed versions of early Yes albums comes out June 29th.
LINDSAY ELL - JOHN MAYER'S ``CONTINUUM''
Lindsay Ell will release her homework as an album. Ell will put out her version of John Mayer's ``Continuum" album on May 25th as ``The Continuum Project.'' Kristian Bush of Sugarland produced Ell's debut album, and to get her ready, he asked her what her favourite album was. She said ``Continuum.'' He assigned her to remake it with three rules: she had to play all the instruments, she had to record it by herself and she had two weeks to do it. Ell says remaking Mayer's album helped her create her own vision for her music.
(The Associated Press)