MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
MUSICIANS MOURN J. GEILS
Singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band is remembering guitarist J. Geils with affection. Wolf writes on Facebook -- ``Thinking of all the times we kicked it high and rocked down the house!'' Tom Morello describes Geils as ``a great rocker in a great rockin' band.'' Nils Lofgren says he learned so much when his band Grin opened for The J. Geils Band. Steve Van Zandt tweets his sympathies and says, ``The J. Geils Band remain one of the greatest bands of all time.'' Geils was found dead at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. He was 71.
POLICE PLAN TO RETURN BOOSIE BADAZZ'S JEWELRY
Police in Biloxi, Mississippi, are changing their story about Boosie Badazz's jewelry. Police initially had said they didn't have any of his jewelry after a Sunday scuffle at a Biloxi mall when Boosie was there. Three men and two juveniles were arrested for assault involving a security guard and a police officer. Police Lieutenant Christopher De Back now says Boosie's jewelry was impounded, but it will be returned, along with a van.
Boosie, formerly known as Lil Boosie, had posted a video Tuesday accusing police of improperly taking his stuff. Boosie was not involved in the assault.
FAITH HILL AND TIM McGRAW REFLECT UPON THEIR MARRIAGE
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw believe the key to the longevity of their marriage is that they choose to stay there.
Hill puts it this way: ``Either you like one another or you don't.
You want to stay married or you don't. You work at it, or you don't.'' McGraw says they don't walk away when things get rocky.
Hill says she would ``rather live a life in rocky road ice cream than vanilla any day of the week.''
PINK FLOYD SHRIMP DISCOVERED
A newly discovered species of pink shrimp has been named after Pink Floyd. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History reports its head researcher, Sammy De Grave, was part of a team that discovered the variety of pistol shrimp with one giant claw off the coast of Panama. It's been named Synalpheus pinkfloydi. Just like any rock band, the shrimp is loud. Not only can its claw kill a small fish, but the claw snapping is one of the loudest sounds in the ocean. De Grave says he's been listening to Pink Floyd since he was 14 and the discovery of the shrimp is the perfect opportunity to give a nod to his favourite band.
JACKIE EVANCHO IS WAITING FOR A RESPONSE FROM TRUMP
Jackie Evancho put out a request to President Donald Trump to meet with her and her sister, but she has not heard back. Evancho says the closest she's heard is White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying Trump is open to it.
Evancho's sister, Juliet, is transgender and was born Jacob. Evancho says she is a shy person, but seeing her sister act so confidently makes her feel confident about herself too. Evancho sang at Trump's inauguration. Evancho has a new album out called ``Two Hearts.''
PHISH DRUMMER RUNNING FOR OFFICE
Drummer Jon Fishman of Phish is running for a seat on the board of selectmen in his hometown of Lincolnville, Maine. Fishman has obtained the paperwork and returned his nominating petitions. Two seats on the board are open and several candidates are trying to get on the June ballot. Fishman lives on a farm with his wife and five children. His wife serves on the school committee.
THE 1975 STAY TRUE TO THEIR SOUND
The sound that The 1975 is becoming famous for nearly derailed them in the beginning. Frontman Matthew Healy says major label representatives would visit their rehearsal room and say, ``Well, every song sounds different.'' Healy's response was, ``Yeah, that's the point.'' He says the reason The 1975 couldn't get signed in 2010 was the same reason they made it big in 2013. Healy says they can't help but be influenced by the music they like. To use his words, ``We're like cultural magpies. Anything that's shiny, we'll collect it.''
DOES COACHELLA WANT KATE BUSH OR NOT?
The promoter who puts on Coachella is denying a report he refused to book Kate Bush. Paul Tollett tells The Los Angeles Times he's been trying to book her for 25 years, even before Coachella started. He says Bush ``just doesn't do very many shows.''
William Morris Entertainment agent Marc Geiger had told The New Yorker he pitched Bush to Tollett. Geiger says Tollett's response was, ``No! No one is going to understand it.'' Bush herself has said she's never been in discussions to play any festival, including Coachella.
HARRY CONNICK JUNIOR WILL SING AT KENTUCKY DERBY
Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem before the Kentucky Derby on May 6th. Connick says it's his first time at the derby, but he used to go see horse races with his dad in New Orleans. Connick says his wife, Jill, has always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, so it was ``an easy `yes''' to the anthem invitation.
PRINCE'S SIBLINGS WANT TO BE DECLARED HIS HEIRS
Prince's six known siblings are pushing a Minnesota judge to hurry up naming them as the rightful heirs to his estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide (EYE'-dee) has said he will probably declare the six siblings to be the heirs. However, he says he's waiting for the resolution of appeals by some who claimed to be heirs and were rejected. The attorney for the six siblings says no credible spouse or child has come forward, so the delay is pointless. A hearing is set for May 10th. Prince died April 21st of last year with no known will.
TROY CARTER NAMED ENTERTAINMENT ADVISER FOR PRINCE ESTATE
The head of creative services for Spotify is taking on extra duties as the entertainment adviser for Prince's estate. Troy Carter will take over the role previously held by entertainment lawyer L. Londell McMilllan and music business executive Charles Koppelman, who were temporary advisers. Carter previously was the manager for Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor.
LUDACRIS WILL HOST ALL-NEW FEAR FACTOR
M-T-V is bringing back the competition show ``Fear Factor'' with Ludacris in charge. He will host and act as executive producer for the new show, which puts contestants in stressful situations as they compete for 50-thousand dollars. The first episode will air May 30th.
SKIP MARLEY SEES SURGE IN SALES AFTER KENDALL JENNER PEPSI COMMERCIAL
Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial was a flop, but there was a winner in that whole mess: reggae artist Skip Marley. His song ``Lions'' was used for the controversial commercial. Billboard reports streams of ``Lions'' rose
one-thousand-749 per cent in the past week. Marley sold two-thousand downloads of the song, his best week yet. The ad shows Jenner leaving a modeling shoot to join a social justice rally and give a police officer a Pepsi.
(The Canadian Press)