MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
LORETTA LYNN - HOME
Loretta Lynn jokes Willie Nelson is not dead yet and neither is she. Lynn has returned to her home in Tennessee after a stay in a rehabilitation facility following a stroke in May, according to her record label. Lynn, who is 85, says in a statement she's getting stronger every day and she's focusing on making a full recovery. She has cancelled all tour dates and pushed back the release of her album, ``Wouldn't It Be Great,'' from August to next year.
ARIANA GRANDE - HONORARY CITIZENSHIP
Officials in Manchester, England, are making Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) an honorary citizen of the city. City council leader Richard Leese says it would have been understandable if Grande never wanted to see Manchester again. Leese says Grande ``brought comfort to thousands and raised millions.'' Twenty-two people were killed in a suicide bombing at Grande's concert in Manchester on May 22nd. Less than two weeks later, Grande headlined an all-star concert to raise money for a victims' emergency fund.
Lawmakers voted yesterday to approve honorary citizenship for Grande.
OBIT - ``GRACELAND'' GUITARIST
Paul Simon is remembering South African musician Ray Phiri as ``a beautiful, masterful guitarist and an inventive musician,'' as well as ``a patriot who used his music to fight apartheid.'' Phiri died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 70. He's probably best known in the U-S as a guitarist and arranger on Simon's ``Graceland'' album. Phiri also performed on the ``Graceland'' tour. He was a big celebrity in South Africa through his band Stimela (STEE'-meh-lah). His death has been met with nationwide tributes there.
CHRIS CORNELL - DEATH REPORT
The crime scene investigation report about the death of Chris Cornell indicates he had a ``well defined ligature mark present in the neck/throat area.'' Detroit police released the report after a Freedom of Information Act request. Cornell's bodyguard kicked in a hotel door May 18 and found Cornell unresponsive. A resistance band was around Cornell's neck and the other end was attached to a clip over the top of the bathroom door.
His death was ruled a hanging. An autopsy determined Cornell had sedatives and an anti-anxiety drug in his system but they did not contribute to his death.
3 DOORS DOWN - TRUMP'S INAUGURATION
Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down says the backlash to the band playing U-S President Donald Trump's inauguration lasted ``for a minute.'' He says they got messages from haters saying their careers were over, but then there was a wave of support from people who were proud the band stood up for what they wanted to do. Arnold says 3 Doors Down was not just asked to play, but the band offered to play. They had met Trump years ago when they were both booked on ``Regis and Kelly.'' Arnold says he was nervous playing for an audience that big, but he was more nervous that if he messed up, his bandmates would never let him hear the end of it.
DJ KHALED - CHARITY
D-J Khaled is selling items from his closet to support education. He's unloading items through online reseller Poshmark to benefit the non-profit group GetSchooled. Among the items still for sale are the matching light blue sateen suits he and his infant son wear on the cover of the ``Grateful'' album, a custom white leather sweatsuit and a blue velour tracksuit. Items that have already been snapped up include some jackets, a pair of grey sweat shorts that look like bandanas and a black pair of sweat shorts with an ink blot pattern.
QUEEN - 3-D BOOK
Queen guitarist Brian May is telling the story of the band in a way where they will be practically jumping out at you. He will publish a coffee table book in August called ``Queen in 3-D.'' May has been a longtime fan of stereoscopic images and he's been travelling with a 3-D camera since he was a child. He took 3-D photos of the band all through their time together. The book comes with a 3-D viewer that May designed himself. It's the first book about Queen published by a member of the band.
LL COOL J - MAIA CAMPBELL
L-L Cool J offered his help to his former co-star on the show ``In The House'' but she's not interested. L-L Cool J reached out to his social media followers for help in finding Maia Campbell after a video surfaced that appears to show her asking a man at an Atlanta gas station for drugs. Campbell posted her own video saying, ``I don't need help. I just need a benefit concert for mental health.'' While Campbell has struggled with substance abuse and bipolar disorder in the past, she says now she's doing ``good.''
L-L Cool J tweets, ``You can't help someone who doesn't want your help.''
(The Associated Press)