MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
COUNTRY STARS TO HONOUR GREGG ALLMAN AT CMT AWARDS
Country's biggest stars will pay tribute to Southern rocker Gregg Allman at the CMT Music Awards with performances from Jason Aldean, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and more.
CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement Wednesday that after Allman's death Saturday, artists started reaching out to see how they could honour Allman during the show, which will air June 7.
Philips said the Allman Brothers Band created the ``bedrock foundation of modern Southern music.''
In addition, CMT announced that Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini, who is a leading nominee, will both be performing during the awards show. Previously announced performers include Florida Georgia Line with The Chainsmokers, Keith Urban with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.
Alanis Morissette's 1995 album Jagged Little Pill is headed to the stage as a musical. The Ottawa-raised singer says she's working together with Diablo Cody to meld her breakout release into the story of a multi-generational family that touches on issues of gender identity and race. Cody is best-known for her Oscar-winning screenplay for the 2007 comedy Juno, starring Canadian actress Ellen Page. Jagged Little Pill is one of the best-selling albums of all time, helped by international hits like Hand In My Pocket, You Oughta Know and Ironic.
Dave Bidini is getting into the newspaper business. The writer-musician of Rheostatics and Bidiniband fame will serve as publisher of the West End Phoenix, a monthly broadsheet for Toronto's west end. The new home-delivered paper will be a non-profit, ad-free and patron-supported venture, featuring contributions from the likes of paper artist Kalpna Patel, writer Michael Healey AND journalist Eman Bare. CanLit legend Margaret Atwood and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal are among the board and advisory council members for the West End Phoenix, which is slated to be published in October.
ARIANA GRANDE PLANS ALL-STAR BENEFIT IN MANCHESTER
Ariana Grande says music is meant to heal and that's what she's going to do, with the help of some top-name friends. Grande will play a concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday, along with Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Take That. Proceeds will go to a Red Cross emergency fund set up to help the victims of a suicide bombing at Grande's concert in Manchester last Monday. Twenty-two people were killed.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S CANCER HAS RETURNED
Olivia Newton-John has had a recurrence of breast cancer. Newton-John says the back pain that forced her to call off the first half of her North American concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to her sacrum. The 68-year-old has chosen to treat it with a short course of photon radiation and natural wellness therapies. Newton-John says she came to that conclusion after talking to her doctors, natural therapists and the medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She plans to be back to performing later this year.
BODYGUARD FOR WALE CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION
Wale's bodyguard has been arrested for carrying a loaded firearm without a license. The Boston Globe reports Eric Miller has pleaded not guilty to charges that include unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a large-capacity feeding device. Police say Miller was identified as one of the participants in a fight near a Boston nightclub on Sunday. Miller was already on parole in connection with a murder case in Washington. His bail was set at 50-thousand dollars.
STEVEN TYLER TO ``AMERICAN IDOL'': GET OUT YOUR CHECKBOOK
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is not interested in returning to ``American Idol'' when it comes back on A-B-C. Tyler says he's talked to Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, who were his fellow judges on the singing competition show, just to find out what's going on. He says ``Idol'' would have to offer him an awful lot of money and he can't really talk about it too much. Aerosmith are on tour in Europe right now.
JIMI HENDRIX GUITAR PULLED FROM AUCTION
An auction house has pulled an offer for a guitar that Jimi Hendrix supposedly played at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, after its authenticity came into question. Heritage Auctions of Dallas announced the guitar will no longer be for sale on June 17th. The pre-sale estimate was 750-thousand dollars.
Heritage says its experts examined the instrument and have concerns it's not the same one Hendrix played at Monterey. Hendrix played one guitar during the concert and swapped it out for another, which is the one he famously torched.
``ACM HONORS'' ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS
Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and the late Shel Silverstein will be honoured for their songwriting at the Academy of Country Music Honors this summer. While Silverstein is best known for books like ``The Giving Tree'' and ``Where the Sidewalk Ends,'' he also wrote ``A Boy Named Sue'' for Johnny Cash, ``Cover of the Rolling Stone'' for Dr. Hook and ``One's On The Way'' for Loretta Lynn. George Strait, Dolly Parton, Eric Church and Reba McEntire will also be given awards. ``The A-C-M Honors'' will be held in Nashville on August 23rd and shown on A-B-C at a later date.
(The Associated Press)