MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
JERRY LEGER AT BRUCE'S FIREHOUSE TONIGHT!
Toronto based artist Jerry Leger will play Bruce's Firehouse (238-3rd Ave. N.E.) tonight. Leger is promoting his new album "Nonsense and Heartache". Doors open at 7:30. Show time is 8 PM. Admission $20.
PHIL COLLINS - INJURY
Phil Collins postponed his London shows last night and tonight after he seriously hurt himself tripping over a chair in the middle of the night in his hotel room. Collins' management says he suffers from walking problems after a back operation and his fall caused a severe gash near his eye. Collins had several stitches and was hospitalized for observation. He is expected to be back on stage Sunday in Cologne, Germany, on his ``Not Dead Yet'' tour.
TWISTED SISTER - LAWSUIT - FAREWELL TOUR
Twisted Sister says it didn't get paid.
The promoter says it's because the show was a rainout. Now they're going to court. Guitarist Jay Jay French's company, Jema Productions, which handles the band's contracts, is suing promoter John D'Esposito and his company Rock N Festivals over their appearance at The Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey, last fall.
Twisted Sister says it was paid only 50-thousand dollars U-S out of an agreed 200-thousand dollar appearance fee. D'Esposito says in court documents Twisted Sister agreed to accept a post-dated check.
Two weeks later, an attorney the event told French's company not to cash the check because of insufficient funds. D'Esposito blames bad weather for poor attendance, which led to refunds. Twisted Sister says they still played -- and it was billed as a no-refunds event.
LADY ANTEBELLUM - HORN SECTION
It was Hillary Scott's dream to put horns on a Lady Antebellum song. Bandmate Charles Kelley says Scott has been begging for horns for the past two or three records. Scott says she even pushed it for their Christmas album. Kelley says they always dismissed it because they aren't a horn section band and it didn't make sense. Then the song ``You Look Good'' came along. Kelley says the bass riff was so old-school funk that horns added a fresh dimension to their sound. ``You Look Good'' appears on Lady A's new album, ``Heart Break,'' out today.
EMINEM - HEADPHONES - GRADS
Eminem surprised some high school seniors in Flint, Michigan, this week with graduation presents. The Flint Journal reports an audio message from Eminem was played Tuesday at the Flint Community Schools commencement, in which he offered his congratulations. His foundation provided each graduate with a set of Beats By Dre headphones. Last August, Eminem's foundation gave backpacks full of school supplies to elementary students in Flint.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - FATHER
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line says he's got ``a lil Hubbard in the cupboard.'' He announced on Instagram his wife, Hayley, is pregnant. He says they've had such a hard time not telling everyone in the past few months and they can't wait for the next chapter in their lives.
DUA LIPA - ALBUM - DELAYED
It's Dua Lipa's own fault that it took so long for her self-titled debut album to come out. It was to be released in September and it finally came out last week. Lipa says she wanted to put out singles to establish herself as an artist. However, she didn't want to have an album full of songs that were already out, so she kept making new music. Now that it's out, on a scale of one to ten, Lipa says her excitement level is ``200.''
ARIANA GRANDE - TOUR
Ariana Grande is back on the road again. She resumed her world tour in Paris on Wednesday after putting two weeks' worth of dates on hold following a suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, on May 22. Grande posted on Instagram, ``Thinking of our angels every step of the way.'' Twenty-two people were killed at the Manchester concert.
PROPHETS OF RAGE - CHRIS CORNELL
Prophets of Rage has provided a touching tribute to Chris Cornell at their Berlin concert on Wednesday. Prophets of Rage include Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, who played with Cornell in Audioslave. Fan video shows the band playing an instrumental version of the Audioslave song ``Like A Stone'' with a spotlight on the microphone. The crowd provided the vocals.
TAYLOR SWIFT - STREAMING
Taylor Swift is getting back together with a few of her famous exes, including Spotify and Pandora. The pop star's representative confirmed her full catalog will return to all streaming platforms today. Her official Instagram fan account, Taylor Nation, posted the news Thursday. Five of her albums, including ``1989,'' also will be available on Tidal, Amazon and other streaming platforms. Swift removed her music from Spotify in 2014 around the release of ``1989,'' a Grammy-winning multi-hit pop album. No streaming service besides Apple Music was able to stream it. Swift's hits include ``Shake It Off,'' ``We Are Never Getting Back Together'' and ``You Belong With Me.''
(The Canadian Press)