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MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

 

CONCERT SECURITY - WINNIPEG

 

Security is being enhanced at Winnipeg's MTS Centre in the wake of the fatal bombing at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England. 

True North Sports and Entertainment will start by bringing in an explosives specialty dog for a sold-out Red Hot Chili Peppers show this Friday. 

Kevin Donnelly of True North tells CTV Winnipeg that the Manchester bombing, which killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more, ``changes everything.'' 

He says terrorist attacks have also taken place at shopping malls, train stations, airports and sporting events. 

He says True North is always looking to ``increase, enhance and stay current'' with security standards around the world. 

True North partners with the Winnipeg Police Service to provide security at large events.

 

(CTV Winnipeg)

 

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The Tragically Hip's momentous final show of last year's ``Man Machine Poem'' tour is getting an encore broadcast on CBC-TV next month. 

The national broadcaster says it plans to reair ``The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration'' on June 24. 

Running nearly three hours, the Kingston, Ont., concert last August featured the band performing their biggest hits to a sold-out hometown crowd. 

It was widely believed to the Hip's final show as lead singer Gord Downie battles terminal brain cancer. 

It was a ratings boon for the network, with the original airing averaging 4.04 million viewers. 

Fans hosted viewing parties across the country and some local communities held public screenings and afternoon entertainment in the lead-up to the show. 

The CBC had originally told viewers the concert would be a one-time event that wouldn't be rebroadcast again or made available on demand. 

Sally Catto, general manager of programming at CBC Television, says the network changed its mind, deciding another showing would be the ``perfect way to kick off the summer.''  

(The Canadian Press)

 

ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT-KAREN DAVID

 

One of first confirmed victims of Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester is being fondly remembered by Toronto-raised actress Karen David. David -- the star of the T-V series ``Once Upon a Time'' -- says she just met 18-year-old Georgina Callander last month. Callander was a fan of David's character on the hit T-V series and the two kept in touch on Twitter. After hearing of Georgina's death, David says she found messages from the teen that she hadn't yet answered. Speaking with the Canadian Press, David described Georgina as lovely, bubbly young lady and that her death stirs a lot of anger. David also posted a message on her Facebook page addressed to Callander and her family.

Monday's attack killed Callander and 21 other people and injured another 59, many critically. 

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ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BLAST - MOVING FORWARD

 

When it comes to most music performers, the old adage ``the show must go on'' seems to be holding up. However, it still isn't clear whether Ariana Grande's world tour will be among the shows that continue on _ after being the target of a terrorist strike at her concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.

Grande's reps are disputing reports that the singer is calling off the rest of her world tour. At the same time, they aren't confirming that it will continue. Grande's next performance on her tour is set for tomorrow in London. There has been no official word on whether it will take place. Other acts who have gigs in Europe this summer say they aren't changing their plans. Among those who say they'll honor their deals are Celine Dion, Guns N' Roses, Phil Collins and Iron Maiden. Those attending can expect face tighter security than they'd usually find at a concert. For example, London's O-2 arena urges patrons to arrive early -- and leave large bags at home. 

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ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BLAST - EYEWITNESSES

 

For many pre-teen fans of Ariana Grande, Monday was shaping up as an unforgettable night -- but not in the way it turned out. For many, seeing the American pop star was a dream come true _ and remained so until just moments after Grande said goodnight left the stage. That's when a terrorist detonated a bomb. The mother of 11-year-old Rihanna Hardy says she and her husband traveled 140 miles to see the show. But after the bomb went off and people were scurrying to find the exits, her father says his daghter ``just kept asking every five or 10 seconds, `Are we going to die'.'' She and her family came through the harrowing ordeal -- but 22 people didn't make it out alive. 

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ARIANA GRANDE TOUR IN QUESTION

 

Ariana Grande has not called off or postponed her tour, but it's uncertain if she will play London tomorrow as planned. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured as a suicide bomber attacked the end of Grande's concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. The youngest victim identified was 8 years old. Grande tweeted after the show, ``broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.'' 

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BOMBER IDENTIFIED IN CONCERT ATTACK

 

 Investigators are looking for possible accomplices to the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. Manchester police believe the bomber is 22-year-old Salman Abadi. A European security official says Abadi was a Briton of Libyan descent. A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

U-S intelligence director Dan Coats says it has not been verified that the Islamic State is responsible, although the group is claiming responsibility.

 

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TAKE THAT POSTPONE CONCERTS IN MANCHESTER

 

Officials at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, have announced the Take That concerts scheduled there for this week are on hold while police investigate the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) concert there on Monday.

Take That were supposed to play Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the arena. The group called off their show in Liverpool last night out of respect for the victims. 

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SOME SHOWS CANCEL, SOME STILL GO ON IN ENGLAND AFTER BOMBING

 

Blondie has called off a show in Britain, while the show must go on for Simple Minds. Blondie called off its show in London last night out of respect for victims of the bombing at Ariana Grande's (GRAHN'-dayz) concert in Manchester, England, on Monday. Simple Minds still played their gig in Manchester last night. Il Volo kept their date in London last night.

The Parklife Festival, featuring Frank Ocean, Run The Jewels, Fatboy Slim and Manchester natives The 1975, will still be staged in Manchester on June 10-11. Celine Dion, Iron Maiden, Phil Collins and Guns N' Roses plan to keep their upcoming British concert dates as planned. 

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TERROR LEVEL RAISED IN BRITAIN AFTER ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT BOMBING

 

 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's terrorism threat level has been raised to critical.

That means another attack may be imminent. May says Salman Abadi, who is believed to be the suicide bomber at Monday's Ariana Grande

concert, may have been part of a bigger network. May says critical status means armed soldiers may be deployed instead of police at public events. 

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PETER HOOK'S DAUGHTER WAS AT ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT

 

The daughter of Peter Hook of New Order and of Joy Division was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester but was not injured. Hook tweets his daughter made it home safe. He adds that his heart goes out to all parents and those involved, and he urges Manchester to ``stay strong.'' A suicide bomber killed 22 people at the end of Grande's show on Monday. 

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RISE AGAINST REACT TO ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT TRAGEDY

 

Ariana Grande and Rise Against couldn't be further apart on the music spectrum, but Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath (MAK'-il-rath) still felt a particular twinge of sadness hearing the news of tragedy at Grande's show. McIlrath says he's familiar with Grande's music because he has two daughters. He's taken them to pop concerts and he says, ``Nothing could be more innocent.'' McIlrath says it's especially devastating that a suicide bomber targeted Grande's concert because her audience is mostly young people, what he calls ``such an innocent place of music.''

McIlrath says the bombing will not affect how he approaches his concerts because musicians need to stay strong. 

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MEEK MILL SUED OVER CONCERT SHOOTINGS

 

The families of three men shot outside a Meek Mill concert are suing Mill and the concert venue.

Thirty-one-year-old Travis Ward and 20-year-old Jaquan Graves were killed, and 25-year-old Nathan Mitchell was among two people injured outside a December show at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut. Mitchell and the families of Ward and Graves accuse Mill and the theater of inadequate security measures. The lawsuit says Mill's lyrics incite violence and there have been shootings at two of his other concerts. Representatives for Mill and for the theater did not return requests for comment. The amount of damages being sought in the lawsuit was not disclosed. No one was arrested in the shootings. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

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Legendary Blues Musician "Big Dave McLean" performs in Dauphin on November 24th!

Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:01
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The Watson Art Center in Dauphin continues to host some great singer / songwriters and extremely talented musicians, don't miss Blues Legend "Big Dave McLean" on Friday November 24th. For more info on any of this upcoming show in Dauphin, you can call 638-6231 or go online and check out www.watsonartcentre.com

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017 08:29
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

NEIL YOUNG - MUSIC ARCHIVE

 

Neil Young promises to open his music archive for free on Dec. 1st. Young writes on Facebook that fans will be able to ``visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow.'' It dates back to his first single released in Canada in 1963. Young's new album, ``The Visitor,'' will be released that same day.

 

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FIVE FOR FIGHTING - CHRISTMAS SONG

 

Five For Fighting singer John Ondrasik was talking with musician Jim Brickman about how they didn't want to ``just want to regurgitate another Christmas song.''

They both had done work for military causes, so they decided to write a holiday song for them called ``Christmas Where You Are.''

Ondrasik says his work with the military has been rewarding, but people are surprised to learn he has no family connection to the military. He says after 9-11, he got letters from soldiers in Iraq telling him how much his song ``Superman'' meant to them and that sparked his interest in helping them. ``Christmas Where You Are'' is on Brickman's new album, ``A Joyful Christmas.'' 

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AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - PREVIEW

 

Kelly Clarkson and Pink will open the American Music Awards on Sunday. Other performers include Lady Gaga, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid , Imagine Dragons and Demi Lovato.

Diana Ross also will perform and get a lifetime achievement award.

Whoever wins artist of the year will win it for the first time. The contenders are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Toronto rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Mars leads the nominations with eight. A-B-C will carry the awards live from Los Angeles. 

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BONO - LITHUANIA INVITE

 

The mayor of a town in Lithuania where Bono supposedly owns a shopping mall has invited Bono to visit it.

Alvydas Katinas, the mayor of Utena in northeastern Lithuania, says he wrote to Bono to invite him to see the Ausra shopping centre.

Bono was named in the so-called Paradise Papers, documents that detail tax dodging by multinationals and wealthy individuals.

According to the documents, Bono is a part owner of the mall due to low-tax investments in Malta. Katinas says Bono has never visited Lithuania and he could help promote the town. 

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``THOR: RAGNORAK'' - ``IMMIGRANT SONG'' SALES

 

Led Zeppelin's ``Immigrant Song'' is seeing a sales boost, thanks to the new ``Thor'' movie. Billboard reports 18-thousand downloads of the song were sold in the week after ``Thor: Ragnorak '' opened two weeks ago, compared to the previous week's sales of about two-thousand. The song is featured in the movie. ``Immigrant Song'' was featured in the movie's trailer that came out in April and it sold seven-thousand copies that week. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME

 

Carrie Underwood's broken wrist has cost her a home-state honour. The Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports Underwood was not inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last night because she was unable to attend. Hall of Fame officials say Underwood will be eligible to be nominated again and will be considered for a future class. Underwood injured herself in a fall at her home in Nashville last Friday. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SETS SALES MARK

 

In just four days, Taylor Swift's new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.

Billboard reports ``reputation,'' moved 1.05-million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release. Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran's ``Divide'' was the year's bestselling album, with 919-thousand units sold. Number three is Kendrick Lamar's ``Damn.'' It has sold 842-thousand units. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SURPRISE

 

Right on the heels of Billboard's report that her ``reputation'' album moved more than one-million copies in its first four days, we get word of a surprise she gave some fans in Tennessee. The Nashville Tennessean reports the superstar singer chronicled a run she made through a local Target store. She stopped by to pick up a few things, including that new album. She says she has a tradition of visiting the store to buy her album when a new one comes out. 

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``DESPACITO'' - LATIN GRAMMYS

 

The global hit ``Despacito'' was the big winner at the Latin Grammy Awards. It made good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year.

Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout the three-hour show, which opened with a moment of silence for the storm-ravaged island. 

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MEEK MILL - APPEAL

 

Among the arguments Meek Mills' lawyers are offering in their plea to get him out of prison is the fact that neither his probation officer nor a prosecutor thought he should go back to prison. His lawyers have filed an appeal asking for Mill's probation to be terminated. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for violating probation in a gun and drug case. Brinkley cited a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests. Because Mill is a celebrity, he's in protective custody in state prison, but the only housing for protective custody there is solitary confinement, according to the motion. On Tuesday, Mill's lawyers asked Brinkley to recuse herself from the case, saying she's overstepped her bounds as a judge. They say among other things, Brinkley asked Mill to remake the Boyz II Men song ``On Bended Knee'' and mention her in it. 

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES - SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

 

Nothing But Thieves says they ``100 per cent deny'' allegations of sexual assault. The band says in a statement they were advised not to address false allegations that have circulated on social media, but they say they could not idly sit by.

They say the past week has been one of the most difficult of their career and add that ``being demonized and subject to so much hate over things that are false is incredibly upsetting.'' They are considering legal action. A Nothing But Thieves concert sponsored by the British magazine New Music Express was called off this week in response to the allegations. 

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HALSEY - CALLS OFF SHOW

 

Halsey says she needs to take a few days from her tour to gain her composure, but she's not saying what's wrong.

Billboard magazine reports Halsey stopped her concert in Calgary, mid-set, and the rest was cancelled. Wednesday's show in Edmonton was called off. Halsey apologizes on Instagram and says very few things in the world would make her stop a show. She promises to make it up to her Canadian fans. Halsey intends to be good to go for the Minneapolis concert tomorrow. 

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MARIAH CAREY - CANCELS CONCERTS

 

Mariah Carey is calling off the first few shows of her ``All I Want For Christmas'' tour because she's sick. She writes on social media she had the flu last week and now has an upper respiratory infection. The tour was supposed to begin tonight in Windsor, Ontario. While Carey does not state which dates are affected, her website indicates her next scheduled date is Nov. 27th in New York. 

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(The Associated Press)

 

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:33
SINGER/SONGWRITER RICHARD INMAN PLAYS BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST

 

 

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Richard InmanWinnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:26
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

 

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE - GUILTY PLEA

 

Melissa Etheridge has been fined 750-dollars and ordered to serve unsupervised probation for a misdemeanour charge of possessing marijuana. Etheridge's lawyer entered a guilty plea on her behalf Tuesday in Bowbells, North Dakota. She was arrested in August when her tour bus crossed from Canada into the U-S and investigators found marijuana on board.

KMOT-TV reports Etheridge's attorney says she intended to apply for a medical marijuana license in North Dakota. She has used marijuana to treat her breast cancer.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER

 

After Stone Temple Pilots got more than 15-thousand online applications to be their new lead singer, they went with a guy who did not apply that way. Jeff Gutt (GOOT) will be the new S-T-P singer. He's a veteran of the Detroit music scene and was the runner-up on the third season of ``The X Factor.'' Bassist Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt after playing a show with Hollywood Vampires and asked Gutt to try out. S-T-P auditioned more than 30 singers. Gutt says no one can fill the shoes of late singer Scott Weiland and he's not even going to try. He says S-T-P's songs deserve to be performed and he's honoured the band chose him to help. The new version of S-T-P will release an album early next year. Their first single, ``Meadow,'' is out now. 

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - SURGERY

 

Carrie Underwood says she's ``doing great'' after having surgery on her wrist Tuesday. Underwood tweets all went well, even though she will ``be setting off airport metal detectors from now on.'' She gives a shout-out to the medical personnel, family and friends who she says have been taking great care of her. Underwood broke her wrist in a fall at her home in Nashville on Friday night. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SHOPPING

 

Shoppers at Target in Nashville ran into a familiar face Tuesday night: Taylor Swift. She has a tradition of going to Target to buy her latest album. She chronicled the night of signing autographs and taking selfies on Instagram Stories. One man said he lives across the street and just came in to get pasta sauce and he ran into Swift. Another fan was near tears as she told a friend on the phone, ``I love Taylor Swift. Yeah, she's just out here shopping!'' Swift's album, ``reputation,'' came out last week. 

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS - ``100 YEARS''

 

Pharrell Williams has released a song that will not be heard again for a century, assuming the earth is still around. Williams debuted a new song called ``100 Years'' has been engraved on vinyl made out of clay in Shanghai this week. It will be locked in a safe that's vulnerable to water damage. If rising tides caused by global warming don't destroy the vinyl, it will be released in 2117. Williams says if humans as a species don't do something about climate change, ``We lose the track but we also lose the planet.'' What's the song about? Williams says it's a sarcastic postcard to climate change deniers. 

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EDDIE MONTGOMERY - REMEMBERS TROY GENTRY

 

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry says a little piece of his soul was lost the day of bandmate Troy Gentry's death. Montgomery tells People magazine the September helicopter crash that killed Gentry was ``horrific'' and he will never get over it. Montgomery says years ago, they actually talked about what they'd do if one of them died, and they agreed to keep Montgomery Gentry going. Montgomery says he always thought he'd be the one to go first. 

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LINKIN PARK - LIVE ALBUM

 

Linkin Park fans will be able to get a listen to the concert the band never got to perform in the U-S Linkin Park will release the ``One More Light Live'' album on Dec. 15th. It was recorded during their run of shows in early summer in South America and Europe. The surviving band members say in a statement the shows were ``extraordinary'' and singer Chester Bennington said they were the best shows they had ever done. Bennington hanged himself July 20th, the day before the American leg of the tour was supposed to begin. 

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(The Associated Press)