MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017
Could Bob Dylan have used the modern equivalent of Cliff's Notes to accept one of the greatest writing awards? Writer Ben Greenman noted that Dylan appeared to have made up a quote from ``Moby Dick'' in Dylan's lecture submitted to the Swedish Academy as part of his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in literature. Slate writer Andrea Pitzer noted the line in question appeared similar to the SparkNotes summary of the book. Dylan said, ``Some men who receive injuries are led to God. Others are led to bitterness.'' SparkNotes has, ``Someone who trials have led him toward God rather than bitterness.'' Pitzer found 20 other similarities. None of the phrases were copied outright.
Representatives for Dylan and the Nobel committee have not commented.
Keith Richards' ex, model-actress Anita Pallenberg, has died. Richards' rep confirms Pallenberg died Tuesday in southeast England at the age of 75. A cause of death was not revealed, but a statement says Pallenberg had been ill for some time. Pallenberg was part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene and hooked up with Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. She left Jones after he became abusive. She carried on a relationship with Richards from 1967 to 1980. They had three children together. Richards says Pallenberg was ``a most remarkable woman. Always in my heart.''
Chief Keef is out of jail. He was arrested Monday at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after security officials say they found marijuana in his carry-on bag.
Chief Keef appeared in court Tuesday and his bond was set at two-thousand dollars. Jail officials say he is no longer in custody.
Chief Keef faces a felony charge for possessing a marijuana edible and two possession misdemeanours.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is a knight now.
The Copenhagen Post Online reports Denmark's Prince Frederik gave Ulrich the honour during a recent trip to San Francisco. He gave Ulrich the Order of the Dannebrog medal. Ulrich was born in Denmark and moved to the U-S as a teenager. Metallica have posted a photo on Instagram of Ulrich and Prince Frederik with the caption, ``Does this really mean we must address him as Sir Lars now?''
Gene Simmons of Kiss is trying to copyright the devil horns gesture. The Hollywood Reporter reports Simmons has applied to the U-S Patent and Trademark Office for protection of the gesture for entertainment purposes. He claims he first used in commerce in 1974. Ronnie James Dio generally is credited with popularizing the gesture and had said he learned it from his Italian grandmother as a way to ward off the evil eye. John Lennon is making the gesture on the cover of the single version of ``Yellow Submarine.'' If you want to get picky, Simmons is asking for protection for the gesture with the thumb out, while Dio generally made it with the thumb in.
The Manchester city council is considering granting honorary citizenship to Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day). The B-B-C quotes council leader Richard Leese as saying Grande has ``exemplified the response'' of love and courage since a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her concert there on May 22nd. Grande headlined the One Love Manchester concert less than two weeks after the attack to raise funds for the British Red Cross.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN HAVE A MULTI-YEAR PLAN
Catfish and the Bottlemen frontman Van McCann jokes they will tour through September, record their next album, tour for another two years, then ``buy a big island.'' McCann says the next album is done and they just have to find the time to hit the studio.
He says his main focus in making another record is to give people more songs to sing along with. He promises, ``There are some hellacious numbers on this next one.'' Catfish and the Bottlemen will open for Green Day beginning August 1st in Auburn, Washington.
If you take away one lesson from Jason Isbell's new album, ``The Nashville Sound,'' he hopes it's to be nice to each other. Isbell says after he quit drinking, put his life in order and started a family, he realized he can't sing the blues anymore.
Isbell says he looked outside himself and tried to empathize with other people. Isbell says he used to hope that people would have compassion for him, but now he hopes people will have compassion for others. ``The Nashville Sound'' is out tomorrow.
Another pop star is heading to Broadway. Ingrid Michaelson will make her Broadway debut in ``Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.'' She takes on the role of Sonya. Her run is from July 3rd to August 16th.
The Grammys have made rules changes that would mean Bruno Mars and Ryan Tedder would not have earned trophies for producing songs on Adele's ``25'' album, as they did this year. The Recording Academy has changed the rules to say artists, producers and engineers must work on at least a third of an album that wins Album of the Year in order to get trophies. The rule has expanded to include songwriters as well. Mars and Tedder worked on single songs on Adele's album, which won Album of the Year this year. The Grammys also will allow its members to vote online now.
The arena where a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert last month will remain closed until September. Officials at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, say the main public area outside the arena is too damaged for the planned summer events. Among the acts whose concerts have been cancelled are Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Celine Dion, Radiohead, Linkin Park and Blink-182.
(The Associated Press)