MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017
DAVID BOWIE LIGHTNING BOLT DOESN'T MAKE ITS CROWDFUNDING GOAL
The crowdfunding plan to raise money to create a three-story red-and-blue lightning bolt in honour of David Bowie in London has fallen short of its goal. The campaign organizers had wanted to raise about 1.1-million dollars but only got about 62-thousand. The organizers say because they did not reach the goal, no money will be collected, but they have no plans to go away.
They're still planning to do a piece of public art in Bowie's memory, but they will approach the fundraising in a different way.
JASON ISBELL PREVIEWS ``THE NASHVILLE SOUND''
Jason Isbell finished his latest album and thought, ``Shouldn't that have been harder?'' He jokes that his band should have been ``fighting and punching holes in the wall,''
but the songs came easy. Isbell put more rock songs on the album, but that's an accident. He says he can't purposely write those songs, but he feels fortunate to have four or five ``loud up-tempo songs.'' The album is called ``The Nashville Sound,'' and it comes out in June.
MAYOR HELPS IN PRESERVATION EFFORT FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN HOME
The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, is getting involved in efforts to preserve a boarded-up house in a blighted neighbourhood where Aretha Franklin was born. Alan Crone, special counsel to Mayor Jim Strickland, told a judge that a working group from Strickland's office plans to assist those trying to preserve the house. Crone says if they ``can get one house right, no matter where it is, that's a victory.'' Franklin was born there in 1942 and her family moved away about two years later. The house was marked for demolition but volunteers stabilized it. Community leaders say the D-I-Y Network is interested in the house as a rehab project.
MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Keith Urban, The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline the March Madness Music Festival the weekend leading up to the N-C-double-A men's basketball championship. The festival is free and runs March 31st to April 2nd in Phoenix. Other performers include Blink 182, Grouplove and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The Final Four is played April 1st and the championship is April 3rd.
SIB HASHIAN OF BOSTON DIES
Musicians are mourning the loss of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian. Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith remembers Hashian as a ``really good guy and fine drummer as well.'' Lou Gramm says his thoughts and prayers go to Hashian's family. Michael Sweet, singer for Stryper and sometimes singer for Boston, says it was an honour to be a member of the band Hashian helped create. Hashian died Wednesday while on the Legends of Rock cruise in the Caribbean at the age of 67. A cause of death has not been determined. His wife says funeral arrangements will be made at a later date. Hashian played on the first two Boston albums and left the band as they were working on the third one. He also was famous for his hair, sporting one of the biggest afros in rock.
WILLIE NELSON: ``STILL NOT DEAD''
Willie Nelson has a song on his upcoming album called ``Still Not Dead,'' and it's pretty appropriate. His publicist, Elaine Schock, is denying reports that Nelson is on death's door and can't even muster the breath to sing. Schock says Nelson called off some shows in January and February because of a bad cold but otherwise he is ``perfectly fine.'' The report originated with Radar Online on March 13th. Nelson performed at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 18th looking healthy and singing well. Nelson, who is 83, has dealt with several death hoaxes over the years. He will put out an album called ``God's Problem Child'' next month.
DON McLEAN'S EX OBJECTS TO TWEET
Don McLean's ex-wife thinks he should be held in contempt of court for tweeting about her soon after she was given an order of protection against him. Patrisha McLean says in court documents her ex-husband tweeted he was ``delighted'' to give her a protection order ``since it protects me from her for two wonderful years.'' She says the tweet came less than 48-hours after a Maine court granted the order. Don McLean's attorney says the allegation is ``unfortunate,'' and he will keep their disagreements in court. Don McLean pleaded guilty last year to domestic violence assault.
BOB DYLAN: I'M NOT THE JESTER
If Don McLean's reference to the Jester in ``American Pie'' means Bob Dylan, Dylan doesn't believe it. Dylan was asked in a rare interview published on his website if he thinks McLean was talking about him. Dylan says -- quote -- ``Sure, the jester writes songs like 'Masters of War,' 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall,' 'It's Alright, Ma' - some jester.'' He says he has to think McLean is talking about somebody else. Other things we learn about Dylan in the interview: he makes 32-minute long albums because that's how long a good-sounding L-P should be, he had wild hair in the 1960s because he wanted to look like Little Richard and he watches ``I Love Lucy'' non-stop on his tour bus.
(The Associated Press)