MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017
MEL TILLIS DIES
Pam Tillis is ``deeply saddened'' at the death of her father, Mel Tillis, over the weekend. Pam Tillis calls her father's passing ``sudden and unexpected.'' She says in a statement on Facebook her father was ``a master songwriter, brilliant comedian and beloved father.'' Mel Tillis died early yesterday at a hospital in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 85. He dealt with intestinal issues since last year, but the suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. His publicist says the Tillis family will release information about funeral services in Florida and Nashville.
MEL TILLIS TURNED HIS STUTTER TO HIS ADVANTAGE
Mel Tillis once joked as an Air Force flight leader, he marched his airmen into a wall because he couldn't get out the word ``halt.'' Tillis was famous for a stutter that disappeared when he sang. Tillis poked fun at it and would work it into his show because he said it was his trademark. His stutter kept him from getting a record deal early in his career, so he turned to songwriting. He wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bobby Bare, ``Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town,'' for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition and ``Thoughts of a Fool'' for George Strait. Tillis had more than 30 top ten country hits as a singer, including ``I Ain't Never,'' ''Good Woman Blues`` and ''Coca Cola Cowboy.`` Tillis died early yesterday at the age of 85.
COUNTRY SINGERS REACT TO MEL TILLIS' DEATH
Bobby Bare says he would not have had a career if it weren't for Mel Tillis. Tillis wrote ``Detroit City'' for Bare, and Bare says he's lost a brother. Randy Travis calls Tillis ``a special friend, great artist and constant inspiration.'' John Rich says he and Tillis were ``laughin' buddies.'' Tim Rushlow says Tillis was ``humble, kind, gracious and funny.'' Blake Shelton says Tillis was ``a funny, funny guy'' and helped Shelton keep is head on straight. Naomi Judd says, ``There are standup comedians and then there's Mel Tillis.''
AC/DC GUITARIST MALCOLM YOUNG DIES
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young said as long as the songs kept coming, AC/DC would be there to play them. Young said in an Associated Press interview from September, 2000 he didn't want to tour as a nostalgic act, but as long as there was still good music coming through, he wanted to continue. Young had to drop out of daily activities with the band three years ago while he dealt with dementia. AC/DC confirms Young died peacefully but details of his death were not given. Young was 64. It's been a tough month for the Young family lately. Their older brother, guitarist George Young of The Easybeats, died less than a month ago.
MUSICIANS MOURN MALCOLM YOUNG
Paul Stanley of Kiss calls AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young ``the driving engine'' of the band and ``a sometimes unsung icon.'' Eddie Van Halen says he had some of the best times of his life with Young on their 1984 tour of Europe. Lars Ulrich says Young was an integral part to the soundtrack of his life. Tom Morello calls Young the ``number one greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll.'' Scott Ian of Anthrax posted a photo of his tattoo of Young and says what Young means to him is ``unquantifiable.'' Disturbed tweet, ``No words. Just tears.'' Young died at the age of 64, but AC/DC did not give details of his death.
DOCTORS LOOKING FOR NEW LIVER FOR DAVID CASSIDY
David Cassidy's publicist says there is nothing ``imminent'' about his condition, but he remains hospitalized with liver and kidney failure near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JoAnn Geffen says Cassidy, who is 67, is in a private room and conscious. She says doctors are hoping to find another liver for him. Cassidy was taken to the hospital on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Cassidy said he was ending his career because he's dealing with dementia that runs in his family.
BUSINESSWOMAN MUST PAY KATY PERRY FOR INTERFERING WITH CONVENT SALE
A jury has found a businesswoman interfered with Katy Perry's attempt to buy a convent sitting on a hilltop in Los Angeles. On Friday, a jury decided Dana Hollister should pay the archdiocese of Los Angeles $3.47 million and Perry $1.57 million for forcing them to pay huge lawyer fees and other costs. Perry wanted to buy the 8-acre property, and the sale was approved by the archbishop of Los Angeles. Hollister tried to buy the property from two nuns who live there. A judge voided that sale, saying the nuns did not have the authority to sell. While the archdiocese has approved the sale to Perry, the Vatican still needs to finalize it.
AMAS: LINKIN PARK ACCEPTS AWARD ON BEHALF OF CHESTER BENNINGTON
It was no surprise that Linkin Park won the American Music Award for favourite alternative artist last night, but it was a surprise that they were there to accept it. The band has kept a low profile since the suicide of singer Chester Bennington in July. Singer Mike Shinoda says they dedicate the award to Bennington's talent and joy. He urged everyone, whether a fan or an artist, to take a moment to appreciate what they've got and make Bennington proud.
AMAS: DIANA ROSS ACCEPTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, FANNY PACK
What's up with Diana Ross accepting a fanny pack on stage at the American Music Awards? It's because she grabbed attention last week for losing one. Ross had tweeted gushy thank-yous to whoever had returned the fanny pack she lost while shopping at a Marshall's in Los Angeles. Ross won the lifetime achievement award at the AMAs last night. She sang a medley of her hits and brought on stage the members of her family, as well as Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. She was nearly upstaged by her grandson busting a move behind her as she sang.
AMAS: THE POSITIVE MESSAGE
Winners and performers at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles last night tried to push a message of optimism. Singer Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, who won the pop/rock group award, says the nation needs to progress to love and equality. Lady Gaga, who won for favourite pop/rock female, says those who feel different or misunderstood should fight for what they believe in. Pink and Kelly Clarkson opened the show with a rendition of ``Everybody Hurts'' as a tribute to first responders in a year full of tragedies and disasters. Demi Lovato introduced her song ``Sorry Not Sorry'' by urging people to rise above hate and never being sorry for who they are.
AMAS: THE WINNERS
Here are the winners at last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles:
_ Artist of the year: Bruno Mars.
_ New artist of the year: Niall Horan.
_ Collaboration of the year: Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, ``Despacito.''
_ Video of the year: Bruno Mars, ``That's What I Like.''
_ Tour of the year: Coldplay.
_ Favorite pop/rock male artist: Bruno Mars.
_ Favorite pop/rock female artist: Lady Gaga.
_ Favorite pop/rock duo or group: Imagine Dragons.
_ Favourite country male artist: Keith Urban.
_ Favorite country female artist: Carrie Underwood.
_ Favourite country duo or group: Little Big Town.
_ Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Drake.
_ Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars.
_ Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.
_ Favorite alternative rock artist: Linkin Park.
_ Favorite adult contemporary artist: Shawn Mendes.
_ Favorite Latin artist: Shakira.
_ Favorite contemporary inspirational artist: Lauren Daigle.
_ Favorite electronic dance music artist: The Chainsmokers.
_ Top soundtrack: ``Moana.''
_ Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross.
LIZ PHAIR GETS TWO-BOOK DEAL
Liz Phair is working on two books. Random House has announced Phair will write a memoir called ``Horror Stories''
that will be about fame, parenthood and love. A release date was not given _ and there are no details on the second book. Phair says the stories come from the deepest part of her and she's been immersed in writing.
CARPENTERS ALBUMS RE-MASTERED ON VINYL
Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters rarely listens to his own music. He says with a laugh, ``I've heard our stuff plenty.'' He says friends look at the records on his jukebox and say, ``Where are yours?'' Twelve of The Carpenters' albums have been re-mastered and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl. They were released Friday. Carpenter says he had to listen to his own music to approve the re-masters, and the thing that struck him was ``how marvelously talented'' his sister, Karen, was.
Carpenter says she was ``an honest-to-God singer, before any Auto-tuning, or anything else.''
GARTH BROOKS CONSIDERS THAT MAYBE HIS STORIES ARE NOT QUITE RIGHT
One of Garth Brooks' biggest fears while telling his life story is that maybe he's been telling it wrong. Brooks just released the multimedia package ``Garth Brooks: The Anthology Part 1
- The First Five Years,'' part one of five about his life. Brooks says he's been telling stories his whole career and he was scared to go back to find out maybe things did not happen exactly as he's been telling them. Brooks says if he could tell anything to the Brooks of 1989, he'd tell himself he's full of baloney.
GREEN DAY RELEASES ``GREATEST HITS''
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong says their latest retrospective is not a bookend, but ``a book of short stories.'' ''Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band`` covers 30 years of Green Day songs and Armstrong says it's the perfect time to release it. He says they're young enough that they still have another lifetime in front of them. He calls it the perfect soundtrack for the ''age of outrage.`` The collection is out now.
NICK CAVE MAKES ``PRINCIPLED STAND'' TO PLAY ISRAEL
Nick Cave says he is going to play Israel because he loves the Israeli people and because he wants to make a ``principled stand'' against ``anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians.'' Cave said in a news conference in Jerusalem yesterday the anti-Israel boycott movement is trying to bully musicians. He says music producer Brian Eno asked him three years ago to sign a boycott list but, in Cave's words, ``There was something that stunk to me about that list.'' Roger Waters is one of the highest-profile musicians to boycott playing Israel. Cave played Tel Aviv last night and will do so again tonight.
(The Canadian Press)