MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017
TODAY AT DAUPHIN'S COUNTRYFEST
Keith Urban headlines tonight's main stage show at 10 pm. Tim Hicks plays at 8:30 pm. Meghan Patrick plays at 7 pm. Winnipegger Jason Kirkness performs at 5 pm. Local Roblin artist Ryan Keown kicks off the main stageat 3:30pm
JAKE CLEMONS - MUSIC
The nephew of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons is grateful for the support that fans have given him as he steps in to play his uncle's sax parts. Jake Clemons says after Clarence's death in 2011, he felt his uncle's presence when he picked up the sax again. Jake Clemons says it was part of his healing process to play, and he knows lots of fans needed that healing too. The fans might be kind to him, but the rest of the E Street Band is pretty tough. Jake Clemons says the band is known for turning on a dime, so he's had to stay as alert on Day 200 as he was on Day One. Jake Clemons has a solo album out called ``Fear and Love.''
ROCK HALL - EXHIBIT
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has created an interactive exhibit so fans know what it's like to attend the induction ceremonies. The ``Power of Rock'' exhibit will bring to life more than 30 years of the inductions with smoke, lasers, film and memorabilia. The late director Jonathan Demme created a 12-minute film of highlights from the ceremonies. The exhibit opens tomorrow at the museum in Cleveland.
LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE - GRACELAND HOTEL
Three people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease that has been traced to the pool and hot tub of a hotel run by the Elvis Presley estate. Health officials are looking into the outbreak at The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Legionnaires' disease produces symptoms similar to pneumonia: cough, high fever and headaches.
CHARLES KELLEY - HOUSE
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum has sold his house in Nashville for a profit. Architectural Digest reports Kelley and his wife, Cassie, sold their 6,600-square-foot house for 2.91 million dollars. They paid 1.6 million dollars in 2012. The house has four bedrooms and six bathrooms and sits on one and a half acres. The property features an elevator, a sauna, a putting green, a pool and a pool house with its own kitchenette and bathroom.
GEORGE EZRA - WRITER'S BLOCK
George Ezra took a break for about a year and a half to figure out what he wanted to write for his next album.
Getting back into the groove proved to be troublesome for him. Ezra says he'd wake up every day, prepare to write and nothing would happen. He says that's fine for one day, or even two, but it sometimes took two weeks before he had a halfway decent idea. Ezra says, ``There's only so many times you can clean the kitchen.''
That's only partly a joke -- he says that's really what he was doing. Ezra has some music in the works but he says he doesn't know when it will come out.
NOTORIOUS B.I.G.'S MOM - KYLIE AND KENDALL JENNER
The mother of the Notorious B-I-G is slamming reality stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner for a line of T-shirts that superimpose their own faces and logo over photos of Biggie. Voletta Wallace writes on Instagram the shirts are done without permission and are ``disrespectful, disgusting and exploitation at its worst!''
The Jenners also put their faces and logos over classic images and album covers featuring Tupac Shakur , Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, The Doors and Metallica. The shirts sell for
125 dollars. The Jenners have apologized, saying the idea wasn't well thought out.
ADELE - TOUR
Adele is giving stronger signals that this is her last tour. Adele put a handwritten note in the program for her London concerts this week in which she says she doesn't know if she'll ever tour again. She says she doesn't like it that much and she's a ``real homebody.'' Adele told an audience in New Zealand in March that she was probably not going to do another tour. Her last show on the tour is Sunday at London's Wembley Stadium.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - GRAMMY DONATION
Chance The Rapper's history-making Grammy award will not sit on a shelf in his house, but in a museum in his hometown of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chance announced during a gala at the DuSable (doo-SAH'-buhl) Museum of African American History that he's giving the museum his Grammy for best rap album for ``Coloring Book.'' The Grammy was the first one given to an album only available by streaming. Chance and his father, tourism executive Ken Bennett, were named to the museum's board of trustees in January.
KELLY CLARKSON - CHILDREN'S BOOK
Kelly Clarkson's daughter has inspired another picture book. Clarkson will publish a book called ``River Rose and the Magical Christmas'' on October 24th. It will come with an original song that Clarkson wrote and performed. Clarkson's daughter, River Rose, also was the inspiration for last year's picture book, ``River Rose and the Magic Lullaby.''
PUBLIC ENEMY - ALBUM
Public Enemy has released a new album and it's free through the end of Tuesday. ``Nothing is Quick in the Desert (Except Death)'' is available for free download at www.publicenemey.bandcamp.com . Chuck D calls it a thank you for 30 years of fan support. He says the album title comes from a saying he has about the average person's view of the record industry.
LADY GAGA - CONCERT
Lady Gaga says if she's playing a bar or a stadium, she will give her all either way. Lady Gaga says it's not fair to fans to approach a performance differently. She will do another ``Dive Bar Tour'' next month, then launch a world tour August 1st in Vancouver. Lady Gaga also is wrapping up filming of a remake of ``A Star Is Born.'' She describes making the movie ``life changing,'' ``wonderful'' and ``inspiring.''
(The Associated Press)