MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
ARIANA GRANDE-CONCERT BLAST
At least 22 people have been killed and dozens of others injured at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Officials say thousands of young music fans were at the Manchester Arena when an explosion went off as the show was letting out. Grande was not injured, but tweeted how she felt:
``Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words.'' There was panic after the explosion. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and some 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. Many parents spent the night searching for children who hadn't turned up after the show. And groups of friends separated by the blast sought to find one another.
Police say they are treating the blast as a terrorist act.
QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY SAYS FREDDIE MERCURY WAS LOSING HIS FOOT TO AIDS
Queen guitarist Brian May reveals one of the ways that AIDS took its toll on singer Freddie Mercury was on his feet.
May tells The Sunday Times of London Mercury showed him his foot in the days before his death and in May's words, ``Tragically there was very little left of it.'' May says Mercury apologized for showing it to him, but May responded he was upset only to learn the extent of Mercury's pain. May says another great tragedy was that the drug ``cocktail'' that has helped many AIDS patients was discovered a few months after Mercury had died in 1991.
NICKI MINAJ SUPPORTS VILLAGE IN INDIA
Nicki Minaj just keeps on giving. She revealed on Instagram she has been sending money through her pastor to a village in India. Minaj says she has helped them with a computer center, a tailoring institute, a reading program and two water wells. Minaj says people complain about ridiculous little things when others don't even have clean water. Minaj says she is just getting started and she is especially proud of helping the women of India. Recently Minaj helped pay the student loans and book fees for some college students.
BABY OF MIDLAND GUITARIST ARRIVES IN PARKING LOT
Midland guitarist Jess Carson figured he had time to get his wife to the hospital when she went into labor last week because she had a 28-hour labor with their first child. Instead, their baby was born in the hospital parking lot. Carson tells People magazine he was on a Mother's Day break and happened to be home in Driftwood, Texas, when his wife, Camille, went into labor. It was an hour-long drive to the hospital. Carson says he drove up to the emergency room, ran around to the other side of the car and there was the baby. Doctors transferred them to the birthing suite and mother and baby are doing fine. The Carsons named their new son Parker Emmanuel. They also have a 15-month-old daughter, Ida Mae.
BUCKCHERRY GUITARIST AND DRUMMER LEAVE
Original Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson has left the band, but a reason was not given. The band announced drummer Xavier Muriel has also left and they wish Nelson and Muriel the best. Buckcherry will continue to play dates over the summer. A side project of the band, Josh Todd and the Conflict, will release an album in September.
MASTODON STRIPS DOWN ``SHOW YOURSELF''
The Mastodon song ``Show Yourself'' could have been a lot more complicated, if guitarist Bill Kelliher had his way.
Kelliher says he had maybe 15 riffs in that song. He says producer Brendan O'Brien cut the fat from it and told them, ``Here's your
song--- Quit overthinking it.'' Kelliher says when he created the opening riff, he wasn't going for a pop sound at all. He says his original intent was more of ``an evil riffage.''
JACK WHITE CREATES BOOK BASED ON SONG
Jack White's first book will be a children's story based on the White Stripes song ``We're Going To Be Friends.''
White collaborated with former ``Ren and Stimpy'' animator Elinor Blake, who also records music under the name April March. The book will come with recordings of the original song, along with versions by March and The Woodstation Elementary School Singers. The book comes out November 7th.
ELVIS PLANE IS FOR SALE
A 55-year-old jet with no engines and a red shag interior that has been sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico, for 30 years could be worth as much as 3.5 million dollars when it's auctioned on Saturday. It's because the jet once belonged to Elvis Presley and his father, Vernon. GWS Auctions says the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has the original paint job. The interior is just as Presley designed it: red shag carpet, red velvet seats and woodwork with gold inlay. The cockpit has never been restored and the pilots' seats are torn.
GEORGE STRAIT GETS TEXAS HONOR
George Strait has been named the Texas State Musician for 2017. The general public nominates musicians, and the Texas Commission on the Arts makes the decision. Strait says he is a proud Texan and he loves to sing the praises of his state.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL BE INDUCTED INTO OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME
Carrie Underwood will get a special honor from her home state. Underwood will be among those inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on November 16. Past honorees Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth will host the ceremony
BLACK EYED PEAS WILL PLAY BEFORE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
The Black Eyed Peas will be the warmup act for one of the biggest sporting events in Europe. They will play a concert June 3 in Cardiff, Wales, before the Champions League final in soccer. Real (ree-AL') Madrid will play Juventus. The global TV audience for the Champions League final averages around 160 million. The Black Eyed Peas better mind their time. Last year, the game started four minutes late because Alicia Keys' performance ran long.
FYRE FESTIVAL LAWSUITS
Remember the Fyre Festival _ where a bunch of well-off people headed off to what they thought would be a swanky event _ only to find the event had been cancelled because it was so poorly arranged? Well, here come the lawsuits. The suits include a
100 million dollar class-action suit. That lawsuit claims the festival was ``Nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam'' and that the event seemed more like ``The Hunger Games'' than something like Coachella. Among those being sued in the case is rapper Ja Rule.
After the festival was cancelled, he posted an apology online, saying the event wasn't a scam _ and wasn't his fault.
(The Associated Press)