MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
TRAGICALLY HIP FRONT MAN ORDER OF CANADA
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is among 29 people being honoured today by the Governor General today for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues.
Downie is being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
The singer and social activist is being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and in the advancement of reconciliation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among the dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony.
Indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle is being named an officer of the order.
Downie's band mates, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langois and Gord Sinclair have also been named to the order and are to receive their citations at a later date.
(The Canadian Press)
Simon Tam of the Asian-American rock band The Slants says they are beyond humbled and thrilled at having won a victory in the U-S Supreme Court. The court struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks. Tam tried to trademark the band name in 2011 but the U-S Patent and Trademark Office refused, saying the name is offensive to Asians. Tam says he wanted to reclaim the racist name and turn it into one of pride. The case was closely watched by the Washington Redskins. The team has a separate dispute after the trademark office cancelled the team's trademark in 2014, calling it offensive to Native Americans.
Authorities say one man has died at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas over the past weekend. The Clark County coroner's office says 34-year-old Michael Adam Morse died Saturday morning, but a cause of death and Morse's hometown has not been reported. A heat wave pushed temperatures at nearly 40 degrees Celsius at night during the final acts Sunday. Authorities say one-thousand people sought medical treatment, 95 felony arrests were made, mostly for drugs, and 282 people were ejected. The Electric Daisy lineup featured Zedd, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, DJ Khaled, Flosstradamus and Marshmello.
Monica is recovering from major surgery for endometriosis. Monica writes on Instagram she had an eight-hour surgery on May 30th that also removed two cysts and fibroids and corrected a hernia. She says she was diagnosed only two weeks prior.
Monica says she knew something was wrong but she also knew victory and better health would be near again.
Vince Gill has turned into a gushing fanboy about his upcoming gig playing with The Eagles. Gill will join The Eagles for two shows next month, singing four of Glenn Frey's songs. Gill tells Rolling Stone magazine says The Eagles have had a huge impact on country music, but he's been minimalistic with the rehearsals. He says the worst thing would be ``just blasting in going 90 miles an hour.'' Gill says if The Eagles decide to tour, he'd be the first one on the bus, or he'd even drive his own car.
Ginger Spice'' Geri Horner of the Spice Girls was laid flat when George Michael died. She was not only a fan, but he was her friend. She says even her mother used to write letters to Michael. Horner says she put her feelings into a song called ``Angel in Chains'' that's a tribute to Michael. It comes out Friday and it will raise money for Childline, one of Michael's favourite charities. Horner paid tribute to Michael in another way. Three weeks after Michael died, she gave birth to her son Monty. His full name is Montague George Hector Horner.
Ariana Grande has finished the European leg of her tour by thanking fans for ``wiping my tears away.'' Grande thanks fans on Instagram for showing love and support to her and her crew and for bringing your absolute brightest, most passionate, contagious energy to these shows. Twenty-two people were killed at Grande's May 22nd concert in Manchester, England, during a bombing attack. Grande performed Sunday in Turin, Italy, and will resume her tour June 29th in Rio de Janeiro.
Those mysterious ``4:44'' ads that have been popping up online and in major cities now have a point. It's the name of Jay Z's new album. It comes out June 30th only on Tidal, the streaming service he co-owns.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open a branch in Tokyo. A short-term exhibit will open in September, with a permanent space to open later. Why Japan? Rock Hall President and C-E-O Greg Harris says it's the second-largest music market in the world.
(The Associated Press)