MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017
ARCADE FIRE - NEW ALBUM
Arcade Fire's new album, Everything Now, will not be available until July 28th, but the band has given fans something to digest in the meantime. The Quebec art-rock band dropped the upbeat title track on streaming services Thursday, and announced eight Canadian tour dates, starting with a Quebec City show on September 5th. A few days ago, the band issued a limited vinyl edition of the single Everything Now, but it was sold only at a music festival in Spain. The full physical album will be available in various formats, including C-D, cassette and a limited edition black vinyl -- with 20 variations of the artwork in 20 different languages.
ARIANA GRANDE - CHARITY CONCERT
Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and Robbie Williams will join the lineup of Ariana Grande's charity concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Niall Horan and Take That are also on the bill. The ``One Love Manchester'' concert will take place less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at Grande's concert in Manchester Arena. Proceeds will go to an emergency fund to benefit victims of the attack.
CHRIS CORNELL - INVESTIGATION
Chris Cornell's family attorney says Detroit legal officials denied his Freedom of Information request for reports on Cornell's death. Kirk Pasich says in a statement he was told the investigation is still open. Pasich says the family is ``mystified'' as to why the medical examiner announced a cause of death when a full autopsy report is not complete. Cornell died in a Detroit hotel room May 18th. Authorities say the cause of death was hanging. His widow, Vicky Cornell, says there are several unanswered questions regarding her husband's death that she believes a toxicology report will answer.
MARY J. BLIGE - RADIO
Mary J. Blige could do without the vanity in the music business. Blige says so much of music is about how much singers weigh or if they're pretty, rather than whether they can sing. She says it's not just ageism, but sexism. Blige, who is 46, says she sometimes finds she can't get songs on the radio because of her age, but male rappers the same age have no problem. Blige recently released an album called ``Strength of a Woman.''
KEITH RICHARDS - CHARITY AUCTION
Keith Richards and his wife, Patti Hansen, are giving up some of their household items to benefit Connecticut charities that help autistic adults. The Stamford Advocate reports the items Richards and Hansen are donating are not terribly rock-and-roll. They include Italian, French and English furniture, Persian carpets, paintings, Waterford crystal, Flemish tapestry pillows and silver-plated flatware. There is also a china tea set covered in skulls wearing crowns. The auction will be in Hudson, New York, on June 24th. Hansen's nephew has received services from the charities.
BOB SEGER - TOUR ANNOUNCED
Bob Seger's ``Greatest Hits'' album has been certified for sales of 10-million copies. That earns it a rare Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America, or the equivalent of ten times Platinum. Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will launch their ``Runaway Train'' tour August 24th in Toledo, Ohio. Nancy Wilson of Heart will be a special guest on select dates.
ALAN JACKSON - PRE-STANLEY CUP CONCERT
Alan Jackson will play a free outdoor concert as part of the festivities around the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow in Nashville. The Predators will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 that night. Jackson says he's a Preds fan, and it's an exciting time for the team and the city.
MURAL - SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
At one point, Suicidal Tendencies was banned from playing in Los Angeles. On Sunday, a mural of singer Mike Muir will be unveiled in the city. Local artist Robert Vargas created the 12-metre mural on Santa Fe Avenue near the future 6th Street Bridge.
L-A Council member Jose Huizar was one of the driving forces behind the mural. Suicidal Tendencies will perform a free live show at the unveiling.
VINCE GILL - DEACON FREY - THE EAGLES
Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, the son of Glenn Frey, will perform with The Eagles at the Classic West/Classic East concerts. The Eagles will perform with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers on July 15th at Dodger Stadium, while Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind and Fire play there the next day. The Eagles, Steely Dan and the Doobies will perform at New York's Citi Field on July 29th, with Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind and Fire playing there the next day.
(The Associated Press)