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MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

 

CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE ROCK MUSICIANS

 

Bruce Springsteen calls Chuck Berry ``rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Mick Jagger says Berry ``lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.''

Keith Richards says, ``One of my big lights has gone out!'' Slash tweets that Berry ``was indisputably the king.'' Lenny Kravitz says to Berry, ``None of us would have been here without you.'' Joan Jett calls Berry ``Original Pure Rock n Roll,'' while Sammy Hagar tweets, ``Thank God for his rock and roll presence on this planet!'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - RAP AND R-AND-B MUSICIANS

 

The way Questlove pays tribute to Chuck Berry is this: ``Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Q-Tip wishes eternal peace to ``the father of rock and roll - the genius Chuck Berry.''

Chuck D posted his artistic rendering of Berry online with the caption, ``R-I-P King of Rock and Roll.'' Cee Lo Green tweets, ``May the great Chuck Berry rest in peace and may his legacy live on forever more.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY REMEMBERED - THE COUNTRY MUSICIANS

 

Keith Urban thanks Chuck Berry ``for the poetry, the passion and the potency.'' Berry died Saturday outside St. Louis at the age of 90. Charlie Daniels calls Berry ``the greatest rock and roll lyricist ever.'' The Band Perry calls Berry a ``legend''

and an ``icon.'' Kristian Bush of Sugarland thanks Berry for ``your big idea'' and adds, ``It changed the way my heart feels the beat.''

Kenny Rogers writes on Facebook that he met Berry a few times and he was ``always incredibly nice to me, which made me feel important.'' 

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ERIC CARMEN - CHUCK BERRY'S INFLUENCE -- AND ATTITUDE

 

Chuck Berry rarely had a permanent backing band because he was aware nearly every rock band knows how to play his songs, so he'd hire local musicians to back him because it was cheaper. Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, The Average White Band and The Raspberries were among the acts who backed Berry in their early days. Eric Carmen of The Raspberries recalls it as was one of his worst gigs ever. He said in an April 2000 Associated Press interview Berry showed up five minutes before showtime and would not say what key he was playing in or even what song. Carmen says Berry caught him watching Berry's fretwork and purposely turned away. Carmen's response was to turn up his amp. Berry's response was to wave to the crowd and walk off. Carmen says he thought the audience was going to lynch The Raspberries but ``we got out with our lives.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - DUCK WALK

 

If you're going to imitate Chuck Berry's style of playing, the duck walk is a must. Berry came up with that as a child. He did it so he could slip under tables. Berry did it during a concert and a journalist called it the ``duck walk.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - ``JOHNNY B. GOODE''

 

If Chuck Berry had not changed one word of one of his songs, it may not have become the rock-and-roll standard that it is today. In the song ``Johnny B. Goode,'' Berry originally sang ``coloured boy'' instead of ``country boy.'' Radio stations probably would not have played it with the original wording. It also broadened the appeal of the song to musicians who wanted to be like Johnny. The song was partly inspired by Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who collaborated with him on many hits.

Then again, if Berry had been more successful at his day job, he may not have pursued music to supplement his income. Berry had trained as a hairdresser. 

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CHUCK BERRY - ONLY ONE NUMBER-ONE

 

Can you name Chuck Berry's only song to hit number one? No, not ``Johnny B. Goode.'' No, not ``Rock and Roll Music,''

or ``Memphis,'' or ``Maybellene,'' or ``Roll Over Beethoven.'' It was ``My Ding-A-Ling,'' in 1972. The surprising part is that it didn't get a lot of radio play because of the double-entendre lyrics. ``My Ding-A-Ling'' was recorded live at the Lanchester Arts Festival in the U-K with Onnie McIntyre and Robbie McIntosh of Average White Band in Berry's backing band. The closest Berry ever got to the top spot otherwise was ``Sweet Little Sixteen,'' which hit number two in 1958. 

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CHUCK BERRY - TROUBLE

 

Chuck Berry may have been an architect of rock and roll, but he was also had a fair number of brushes with the law.

Berry served three years in prison in the mid-1940s for a crime spree involving armed robberies and car theft. He served another a year and a half in prison and nearly derailed his career in the early 1960s for violating the Mann Act, which barred transporting a minor across state lines for ``immoral purposes.'' Berry ran into tax trouble in 1979 in part because of his insistence on being paid in cash. Berry settled a case for 1.3-million in 1994 in which some of his female employees accused him of videotaping them in the bathroom of his restaurant. Berry also was sued in 2000 by his longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, who accused Berry of failing to pay him royalties. The case was dismissed two years later. 

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CHUCK BERRY - THE BEACH BOYS

 

The first number-one song for the Beach Boys was a rip-off of a Chuck Berry hit. ``Surfin' U-S-A'' has the same melody as Berry's song ``Sweet Little Sixteen.'' Beach Boy Mike Love writes in his book, ``Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy,'' Berry's publishing company immediately accused The Beach Boys of stealing the song. The Beach Boys settled, and Berry was given writing credit. Love writes that he doubts Berry knew much about it because he was in jail at the time for violating the Mann Act. However, he says he met Berry on a plane years later and Berry said, ``I like what you did with 'Sixteen.''' Love writes on Facebook ``Fun Fun Fun'' and ``Be True To Your School'' were also ``born of as a result of my 'going to school' at Chuck Berry University.'' Beach Boy Brian Wilson says, ``I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll.'' 

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``HAIL! HAIL! ROCK N ROLL'' MOVIE DIRECTOR - CHUCK BERRY

 

The director of ``Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll'' remembers him as ``more difficult than any movie star I've ever worked with.'' Taylor Hackford writes in The Hollywood Reporter that Berry was ``diabolical'' but ``at the same time, I totally loved him.'' He says Berry was asked to report at 7 a-m the first day. He showed up at 3 p-m and only after he was paid 25-hundred dollars in cash in a brown paper bag. Hackford describes Berry as ``charming'' but he could ``turn on a dime and be as dark as it gets.'' He says he loved Berry but ``every day was a negotiation.'' 

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CHUCK BERRY - NEW ALBUM

 

Chuck Berry is gone but we still have new music from him on the horizon. Berry had announced on his 90th birthday in October he was working on an album called ``Chuck'' _ featuring mostly new songs. It's his first new album in 38 years. A release date was not given, and the status of the album is unclear. 

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ASTRONAUTS - CHUCK BERRY

 

Even NASA is a little sad about the death of Chuck Berry. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets his condolences and says, ``Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar.'' In 1977, Berry's song ``Johnny B. Goode'' was the only rock song included on the gold-plated record sent with Voyager 1 that was meant to communicate earth culture to any extraterrestrials the spaceship would encounter. Berry's music was sometimes used as the wake-up call for astronauts on board the Space Shuttle.

 

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GLEN CAMPBELL' - NO LONGER PLAYS MUSIC

 

Glen Campbell is no longer able to play guitar.

His wife, Kim Campbell, tells The Nashville Tennessean her husband's Alzheimer's disease has progressed so that he can't talk and he doesn't understand much. She says Campbell sometimes plays air guitar and he enjoys his daughter Ashley playing songs on her guitar, especially ``You Are My Sunshine.'' Kim Campbell says her husband sometimes tries to tell jokes but they come out as gibberish. She says, ``He still has his essence.'' 

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BLUESMAN JAMES COTTON - OBIT

 

Blues singer and harmonica player James Cotton has died of pneumonia. His label, Alligator Records, says Cotton died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, as the age of 81. Cotton played blues harp with Howlin' Wolf in the 1950s, then moved on to play in Muddy Waters' band. His harmonica is heard on the Muddy Waters ``At Newport'' and ``Hard Again'' albums. He released nearly 30 albums on his own and toured with Janis Joplin.

He also worked with B.B. King, Todd Rundgren, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Johnny Winter. 

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(The Associated Press)

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Legendary Blues Musician "Big Dave McLean" performs in Dauphin on November 24th!

Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:01
Legendary Blues Musician

The Watson Art Center in Dauphin continues to host some great singer / songwriters and extremely talented musicians, don't miss Blues Legend "Big Dave McLean" on Friday November 24th. For more info on any of this upcoming show in Dauphin, you can call 638-6231 or go online and check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017 08:29
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

NEIL YOUNG - MUSIC ARCHIVE

 

Neil Young promises to open his music archive for free on Dec. 1st. Young writes on Facebook that fans will be able to ``visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow.'' It dates back to his first single released in Canada in 1963. Young's new album, ``The Visitor,'' will be released that same day.

 

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FIVE FOR FIGHTING - CHRISTMAS SONG

 

Five For Fighting singer John Ondrasik was talking with musician Jim Brickman about how they didn't want to ``just want to regurgitate another Christmas song.''

They both had done work for military causes, so they decided to write a holiday song for them called ``Christmas Where You Are.''

Ondrasik says his work with the military has been rewarding, but people are surprised to learn he has no family connection to the military. He says after 9-11, he got letters from soldiers in Iraq telling him how much his song ``Superman'' meant to them and that sparked his interest in helping them. ``Christmas Where You Are'' is on Brickman's new album, ``A Joyful Christmas.'' 

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Kelly Clarkson and Pink will open the American Music Awards on Sunday. Other performers include Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid , Imagine Dragons and Demi Lovato.

Diana Ross also will perform and get a lifetime achievement award.

Whoever wins artist of the year will win it for the first time. The contenders are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Toronto rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Mars leads the nominations with eight. A-B-C will carry the awards live from Los Angeles. 

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BONO - LITHUANIA INVITE

 

The mayor of a town in Lithuania where Bono supposedly owns a shopping mall has invited Bono to visit it.

Alvydas Katinas, the mayor of Utena in northeastern Lithuania, says he wrote to Bono to invite him to see the Ausra shopping centre.

Bono was named in the so-called Paradise Papers, documents that detail tax dodging by multinationals and wealthy individuals.

According to the documents, Bono is a part owner of the mall due to low-tax investments in Malta. Katinas says Bono has never visited Lithuania and he could help promote the town. 

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``THOR: RAGNORAK'' - ``IMMIGRANT SONG'' SALES

 

Led Zeppelin's ``Immigrant Song'' is seeing a sales boost, thanks to the new ``Thor'' movie. Billboard reports 18-thousand downloads of the song were sold in the week after ``Thor: Ragnorak '' opened two weeks ago, compared to the previous week's sales of about two-thousand. The song is featured in the movie. ``Immigrant Song'' was featured in the movie's trailer that came out in April and it sold seven-thousand copies that week. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

 

Carrie Underwood's broken wrist has cost her a home-state honour. The Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports Underwood was not inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night because she was unable to attend. Hall of Fame officials say Underwood will be eligible to be nominated again and will be considered for a future class. Underwood injured herself in a fall at her home in Nashville last Friday. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SETS SALES MARK

 

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.

Billboard reports ``reputation,'' moved 1.05-million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release. Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's ``Divide'' was the year's bestselling album, with 919-thousand units sold. Number three is Kendrick Lamar's ``Damn.'' It has sold 842-thousand units. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE

 

Right on the heels of Billboard's report that her ``reputation'' album moved more than one-million copies in its first four days, we get word of a surprise she gave some fans in Tennessee. The Nashville Tennessean reports the superstar singer chronicled a run she made through a local Target store. She stopped by to pick up a few things, including that new album. She says she has a tradition of visiting the store to buy her album when a new one comes out. 

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``DESPACITO'' - LATIN GRAMMYS

 

The global hit ``Despacito'' was the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards. It made good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year.

Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout the three-hour show, which opened with a moment of silence for the storm-ravaged island. 

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MEEK MILL - APPEAL

 

Among the arguments Meek Mills' lawyers are offering in their plea to get him out of prison is the fact that neither his probation officer nor a prosecutor thought he should go back to prison. His lawyers have filed an appeal asking for Mill's probation to be terminated. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for violating probation in a gun and drug case. Brinkley cited a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests. Because Mill is a celebrity, he's in protective custody in state prison, but the only housing for protective custody there is solitary confinement, according to the motion. On Tuesday, Mill's lawyers asked Brinkley to recuse herself from the case, saying she's overstepped her bounds as a judge. They say among other things, Brinkley asked Mill to remake the Boyz II Men song ``On Bended Knee'' and mention her in it. 

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES - SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

 

Nothing But Thieves says they ``100 per cent deny'' allegations of sexual assault. The band says in a statement they were advised not to address false allegations that have circulated on social media, but they say they could not idly sit by.

They say the past week has been one of the most difficult of their career and add that ``being demonized and subject to so much hate over things that are false is incredibly upsetting.'' They are considering legal action. A Nothing But Thieves concert sponsored by the British magazine New Music Express was called off this week in response to the allegations. 

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HALSEY - CALLS OFF SHOW

 

Halsey says she needs to take a few days from her tour to gain her composure, but she's not saying what's wrong.

Billboard magazine reports Halsey stopped her concert in Calgary, mid-set, and the rest was cancelled. Wednesday's show in Edmonton was called off. Halsey apologizes on Instagram and says very few things in the world would make her stop a show. She promises to make it up to her Canadian fans. Halsey intends to be good to go for the Minneapolis concert tomorrow. 

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MARIAH CAREY - CANCELS CONCERTS

 

Mariah Carey is calling off the first few shows of her ``All I Want For Christmas'' tour because she's sick. She writes on social media she had the flu last week and now has an upper respiratory infection. The tour was supposed to begin tonight in Windsor, Ontario. While Carey does not state which dates are affected, her website indicates her next scheduled date is Nov. 27th in New York. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:33
SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

 

 

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Richard InmanWinnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

 

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE - GUILTY PLEA

 

Melissa Etheridge has been fined 750-dollars and ordered to serve unsupervised probation for a misdemeanour charge of possessing marijuana. Etheridge's lawyer entered a guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday in Bowbells, North Dakota. She was arrested in August when her tour bus crossed from Canada into the U-S and investigators found marijuana on board.

KMOT-TV reports Etheridge's attorney says she intended to apply for a medical marijuana license in North Dakota. She has used marijuana to treat her breast cancer.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER

 

After Stone Temple Pilots got more than 15-thousand online applications to be their new lead singer, they went with a guy who did not apply that way. Jeff Gutt (GOOT) will be the new S-T-P singer. He's a veteran of the Detroit music scene and was the runner-up on the third season of ``The X Factor.'' Bassist Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after playing a show with Hollywood Vampires and asked Gutt to try out. S-T-P auditioned more than 30 singers. Gutt says no one can fill the shoes of late singer Scott Weiland and he's not even going to try. He says S-T-P's songs deserve to be performed and he's honoured the band chose him to help. The new version of S-T-P will release an album early next year. Their first single, ``Meadow,'' is out now. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SURGERY

 

Carrie Underwood says she's ``doing great'' after having surgery on her wrist Tuesday. Underwood tweets all went well, even though she will ``be setting off airport metal detectors from now on.'' She gives a shout-out to the medical personnel, family and friends who she says have been taking great care of her. Underwood broke her wrist in a fall at her home in Nashville on Friday night. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SHOPPING

 

Shoppers at Target in Nashville ran into a familiar face Tuesday night: Taylor Swift. She has a tradition of going to Target to buy her latest album. She chronicled the night of signing autographs and taking selfies on Instagram Stories. One man said he lives across the street and just came in to get pasta sauce and he ran into Swift. Another fan was near tears as she told a friend on the phone, ``I love Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's just out here shopping!'' Swift's album, ``reputation,'' came out last week. 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS - ``100 YEARS''

 

Pharrell Williams has released a song that will not be heard again for a century, assuming the earth is still around. Williams debuted a new song called ``100 Years'' has been engraved on vinyl made out of clay in Shanghai this week. It will be locked in a safe that's vulnerable to water damage. If rising tides caused by global warming don't destroy the vinyl, it will be released in 2117. Williams says if humans as a species don't do something about climate change, ``We lose the track but we also lose the planet.'' What's the song about? Williams says it's a sarcastic postcard to climate change deniers. 

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EDDIE MONTGOMERY - REMEMBERS TROY GENTRY

 

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry says a little piece of his soul was lost the day of bandmate Troy Gentry's death. Montgomery tells People magazine the September helicopter crash that killed Gentry was ``horrific'' and he will never get over it. Montgomery says years ago, they actually talked about what they'd do if one of them died, and they agreed to keep Montgomery Gentry going. Montgomery says he always thought he'd be the one to go first. 

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LINKIN PARK - LIVE ALBUM

 

Linkin Park fans will be able to get a listen to the concert the band never got to perform in the U-S Linkin Park will release the ``One More Light Live'' album on Dec. 15th. It was recorded during their run of shows in early summer in South America and Europe. The surviving band members say in a statement the shows were ``extraordinary'' and singer Chester Bennington said they were the best shows they had ever done. Bennington hanged himself July 20th, the day before the American leg of the tour was supposed to begin. 

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(The Associated Press)