MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
OBIT - GREGG ALLMAN
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Gregg Allman's manager says Allman kept quiet about his liver cancer because he didn't want it to affect his career. Manager Michael Lehman says Allman ``wanted to continue to play music until he couldn't.'' Allman died Saturday at his home near Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 69. Allman had kept calling off concerts in the past year for unspecified health reasons. He denied last month he was in hospice. He had a liver transplant in 2010 after contracting hepatitis C. Lehman says funeral arrangements are pending but the plan is to bury Allman in Macon, Georgia, next to his brother Duane, who died in 1971.
OBIT- GREGG ALLMAN - NEW MUSIC
Gregg Allman still has one more album to add to his legacy. Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, says Allman had just finished an album called ``Southern Blood.'' Lehman says Allman had listened to a few tracks of it the night before he died and was excited for the record to be completed. ``Southern Blood'' is set to come out in September. Allman died of liver cancer Saturday at his home near Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
OBIT- GREGG ALLMAN - REACTION
Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts says the news of Gregg Allman's death is too soon to properly process.
Betts writes on Facebook he's so glad he was able to have a couple of good talks with Allman before he died. He says he was about to call to check on him when he got the news of Allman's death on Saturday. Cher had married Allman three days after divorcing Sonny Bono, then filed from divorce from Allman nine days after that. They reconciled but divorced in 1979. Cher tweets, ``I've tried. Words are impossible.''
OBIT - GREGG ALLMAN - MUSIC WORLD MOURNS
Charlie Daniels says Gregg Allman ``had a feeling for the blues very few ever have.'' Peter Frampton says he was honoured to have jammed with Allman and calls him ``a gentle soul with so much soul.'' Singer Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band says Allman showed him more respect in the music business than anyone ever had. Travis Tritt says Allman was a huge influence on him, and Brad Paisley urges Allman to ``jam on in the great hereafter.'' Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban say their hearts are broken over the news. Allman died of liver cancer Saturday outside Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
OBIT - CHRIS CORNELL - FUNERAL
Tom Morello remembers Chris Cornell ``as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe.'' Morello said during Cornell's funeral Friday in Los Angeles that Cornell wrestled his demons and ``rode them like a mother-flipping chariot of lightning strapped with Marshall stacks to make some of the greatest rock and roll of all time.'' A who's-who of music attended the funeral. Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament gave eulogies. Chester Bennington and Brad Delson of Linkin Park performed Leonard Cohen's ``Hallelujah.'' Attendees included Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, Joe Walsh, Nile Rodgers, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale and Pharrell Williams. Linda Ramone, widow of Johnny Ramone of The Ramones, says Cornell is buried next to her late husband at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
PETER HOOK - MANCHESTER RACE
One of the major events that was held in Manchester, England, over the weekend was the Great Manchester Run 10K race, and Peter Hook of New Order was right in the middle of it. Police armed with submachine guns patrolled the race in the wake of a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last Monday that killed 22 people. Hook says he's always had pride in Manchester, ever since he was born. In regards to terrorists, Hook says, ``They picked the wrong people to mess with this time.'' Hook's daughter had attended Grande's concert and got out safely.
ROCK HALL OF FAME
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is unveiling big improvements for fans. Cleveland-dot-com reports the museum is debuting renovations that were part of its ``Museum 2.0'' plan Memorial Day Weekend. The improvements include an outdoor beer garden, food trucks and the new All Access Cafe. Visitors can now participate in trivia contests and watch demonstrations as well. The museum's new Power of Rock Experience Connor Theatre is scheduled to open July 1st. Over 50 concerts and events are scheduled for this summer. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame C-E-O Greg Harris says the organization combed through visitor data and organized focus groups to better understand patrons. The museum is slated to host the 2018 Induction Ceremony.
(The Canadian Press)