MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
JUSTIN BIEBER REFLECTS ON HOW FAR HE'S COME
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has posted then-and-now photos of himself, and the ``then'' photo is his mug shot. Bieber was arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence in Miami. He posted that photo next to a current one of himself, saying, ``I'm not exactly where I want to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be!'' He says the ``best is yet to come.''
ELTON JOHN - HEALTH
Elton John is taking time off from performing after being laid low by a bacterial infection. The singer says in a statement that he was in intensive care for two nights because of what an unusual bacterial strain. He caught the bacterial ailment while in South America -- and John says as he flew home from Brazil to the U-K, he became ``violently ill.'' He sought treatment right away and was released from the hospital on Saturday. As a result of the illness, John is scrapping all the April and May dates of ``The Million Dollar Piano'' -- including stops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and a show next month in Bakersfield, California.
GREGG ALLMAN IS AT HOME RESTING
Gregg Allman says his doctors have ordered him to rest, so he's home in Savannah, Georgia -- doing just that. Rumours had swirled over the weekend that Allman had entered hospice care.
Allman, who is 69, has had a string of health problems lately. In March, he called off his tour dates for the rest of this year but did not say why. He had a bruised vocal cord in November and had called off shows last August for unspecified health reasons. He had a liver transplant in 2010.
The original lineup of Bananarama is going to do something they never did before: play live. Siobhan (shuh-VOHN') Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin have announced they will play concerts in the U-K in November and December. No word on U-S dates.
Bananarama did not tour until 1988 and Fahey had left the group by then. Bananarama's biggest North American hits were ``Venus,''
``Cruel Summer'' and ``I Heard A Rumour.''
MONDO COZMO, WITH A ``Z''
Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo could not wait for his tour stop in Boston, because he'd finally get his tour T-shirts to sell. His heart sank when he saw them. They had a typo. Ostrander named the band after his dog, and he spells Cozmo with a ``Z,'' but the shirts had them with an ``S.'' He was pressured to sell them anyway, but Ostrander says he could not in good faith have a fan spend 30-dollars on a misspelled shirt. So, he gave them all away. He says it ended up being a cool moment because fans send him pictures wearing them. He says the next time he plays Boston, he's hoping to do something special for anyone who shows up in the misspelled shirt.
CHAINSMOKERS PERFORM IN FRONT OF TYPO
The Chainsmokers may be one of the hottest acts in the world, but that doesn't mean they couldn't use a proofreader. They performed in Pittsburgh over the weekend in front of a backdrop that read ``Thank you Pittsburg'' -- with no ``H'' at the end of ``Pittsburgh.'' Online fans had a blast making fun of that. The Chainsmokers responded by saying, ``Well at least we got another chance this week in Clevlande'' -- with a joking misspelling of ``Cleveland.''
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW TACKLE DYLAN'S ``BLONDE ON BLONDE''
Old Crow Medicine Show is marking the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's ``Blonde on Blonde'' album by putting out their version of it. The ``50 Years of Blonde on Blonde'' album was recorded live during Old Crow Medicine Show's concert in Nashville last May. Frontman Ketch Secor says with ``Blonde on Blonde,''
Dylan swung the doors of country music so wide open that 50-years later, Old Crow Medicine Show had enough room to sneak in with banjos and fiddles. The album comes out Friday. The band will perform the album live on tour beginning May 4th in Santa Barbara, California.
STYX PLAN RELEASE OF ``THE MISSION''
Styx is releasing its first studio album in 14-years and it's a concept album about Mars. ``The Mission'' imagines a manned spacecraft on the first trip to Mars in 2033. It comes out June 16th.
MILEY CYRUS HAS SMALL ROLE IN ``GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY''
Miley Cyrus will have a cameo in the next ``Guardians of the Galaxy'' movie, but it's only her voice.
Director James Gunn tells Buzzfeed he cast Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe in a post-credits scene. Why Cyrus? Gunn was watching ``The Voice'' one night and thought she was ``funny and likable and sweet.'' Gunn says Mainframe is ``barely a character in the comics'' but he doesn't rule out bringing Mainframe back for the third installment of ``Guardians.''
BILLBOARD CHOOSES ``CALL ME MAYBE'' AS THE CATCHIEST CHORUS OF THIS CENTURY
What's the catchiest chorus of the 21st century? According to Billboard magazine, it's ``Call Me Maybe'' by Carly Rae Jepsen. Billboard's criteria were that the song had to have come out since 2000, it had to be catchy and unforgettable, and the chorus must jump to mind just by seeing the title. Billboard's editors note the rest of ``Call Me Maybe'' is pretty forgettable, but Jepsen's delivery of the chorus combines anxiousness, giddiness and excitement. Second on the list is ``Since U Been Gone'' by Kelly Clarkson, followed by ``Mr Brightside'' by The Killers, ``Ms Jackson'' by OutKast and ``The Middle'' by Jimmy Eat World.
(The Associated Press)