MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
DRAKE - AMSTERDAM
What does Drake have against the Netherlands?
Billboard reports for the third time in three months, the Toronto rapper called off his concert in Amsterdam. Fans had already entered the 17-thousand-seat Ziggo Dome when a representative for the promoter announced Drake was sick and his doctor told him not to perform. The concert has been rescheduled for tomorrow. Drake was supposed to perform Jan. 20th and 21th in Amsterdam and then moved the concerts to Jan. 26th and 27th. Those shows were rescheduled to this week.
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA - ROCK HALL INDUCTION
The drummer for Electric Light Orchestra feels it's more important to honour his touring commitments than to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bev Bevan writes on Facebook he will miss E-L-O's induction because he'll be on tour with comedian Jasper Carrott. He says those dates were booked before the Rock Hall made the announcement about inductees.
Bevan says it would have been ``fantastic'' to meet up again with his old E-L-O bandmates and he considers their induction a great honour.
JASON ALDEAN - BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR ROADIES
Jason Aldean is continuing his commitment to stomping out breast cancer by asking survivors to be his honourary roadies. On select dates of his upcoming ``They Don't Know'' tour, Aldean will surprise survivors with concert tickets, private meet-and-greets and backstage access. The survivors will be chosen through essay submissions at his website, JasonAldean-dot-com .
Aldean says as long as he's doing what he's doing, he is willing to do what he can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors.
The tour begins April 27th in Toledo, Ohio.
ELLE KING - BANJOS
Elle King gets star-struck around banjo players.
King, who plays banjo herself, says her favourite players are Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. She once saw them perform and she cried from the front row. She even went to meet them later and was gushing like a little girl. King says most banjo players just love the banjo and don't care if you play it traditionally. She says anyone who dictates you must play banjo a certain way isn't a very good musician.
PINK FLOYD - RECORDING CONSOLE
The recording console from Studio 2 of Abbey Road upon which Pink Floyd recorded the ``Dark Side of the Moon'' album has sold at auction for 1.8-million dollars. Bonhams auction house says the console sold to an unidentified buyer. Producer Mike Hedges bought the console when the studio upgraded in 1983. Besides Pink Floyd, the console was used in the making of albums by Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, The Cure and Kate Bush.
BOB DYLAN - ARCHIVES
Bob Dylan's archives are being put to use, a year after the University of Tulsa announced it was giving the archives a home. The university says one historian is working on a book about Dylan's 1970 albums, and another is examining the relationship between Dylan and African-American music. More than six-thousand items are stored at the archives, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks, films, videos, personal effects and musical instruments. At the moment, the university is only letting select scholars access the archives, but it will make the collection available to more researchers in the fall.
OBIT - FOUNDATIONS SINGER - CLEM CURTIS
The original singer for The Foundations has died.
The B-B-C reports the family of Clem Curtis confirms his death Monday morning but they do not give details. He was 67. Curtis sang on the 1967 hit ``Baby Now That I've Found You.'' He left The Foundations in 1968 and they had a hit with ``Build Me Up Buttercup'' with singer Colin Young in 1969. Curtis sang with various lineups of the bands in the 1970s and had a career appearing on stage in Britain's West End.
TOBY KEITH - FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Toby Keith will headline the Pro Football Hall of Fame concert. The Concert for Legends will be in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6th, the night after the inductions. Perhaps you are unaware that Keith has a football background. He played semi-pro and tried out for a U-S-F-L team.
``TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT'' - CARTOON
Elton John is working on an animated version of the musical ``Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'' John will work with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on the project. The announcement was made at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday.
(The Associated Press)