MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 27,2017
ARCADE FIRE - DRESS CODE RULES
Arcade Fire are making fun of a story that circulated in which the band supposedly insisted on a strict dress code for their record launch party in New York tonight. Ticket holders were told they must not wear shorts, tank tops, flip flops, large logos, baseball hats, solid white or solid red. The Montreal band has not only denied that, but they're holding a Twitter contest asking fans to send photos of themselves in their least trendy, least hip outfit. The winner will get special access at tonight's show. A social media manager for the band admits to making the dress code rules without the band's knowledge. Arcade Fire's ``Everything Now'' album is out tomorrow.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - CONCERT SECURITY
Police in Hartford, Connecticut, are planning to beef up security at concerts that attract a young crowd after more than 90 people attending a Chance the Rapper concert were hospitalized, mostly for drinking. Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says police and the Xfinity Theater agreed to increase enforcement.
He says officers made 50 underage drinking referrals at the concert on Friday. He says several underage attendees suffered from ``severe intoxication.''
NIKKI SIXX - ARM SURGERY
Nikki Sixx is showing off his bandages after having a tear in his rotator cuff and bicep surgically repaired.
Sixx has posted photos on Facebook, saying the doctor did a great job on Tuesday. Sixx claims he injured himself by breaking guitars.
RONNIE JAMES DIO - HOLOGRAM TOUR
Ronnie James Dio's widow says he always loved new stage ideas, so he would have given his blessing to being turned into a hologram. Rolling Stone reports a tour featuring Dio's hologram with a live band will begin November 30th in Helsinki, then come to the U-S in the spring. The set list will change every night.
Craig Goldy, who plays guitar in the band, calls it ``a memorial service in the form of a rock concert.'' Dio died in 2010. The Dio hologram debuted at a German music festival last year.
AIR SUPPLY - JAMAICA
You go to Jamaica, you will hear reggae -- and Air Supply. In fact, you'll probably hear reggae versions of Air Supply songs. Turns out Air Supply is huge in Jamaica, ever since they played the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2007. These days they play packed shows where everyone knows every word. Singer Russell Hitchcock tells Billboard they never know how they will be received in a country where they've never played, and Jamaica was a surprise. Bandmate Graham Russell says, ``In some strange way, we fit right in there.'' Air Supply are returning the love by raising money to help Jamaica's pediatric facilities.
GREGG ALLMAN - FINAL ALBUM
Gregg Allman's final album will come out on September 8th. Producer Don Was says Allman did not have the lungpower on the ``Southern Blood'' album that he once had, but they felt the ``raw, weathered performances were honest and compelling.''
Allman died in May from complications from liver cancer. He chose the name ``Southern Blood'' because Allman and his daughter had commissioned artist Vincent Castiglia to do a portrait of Allman, and Castiglia used Allman's actual blood in the paint. The vinyl version and the deluxe C-D will include a print of the portrait.
(The Associated Press)