MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Dozens of stars turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims on Tuesday, in a one-hour televised benefit that had raised 14.5 million dollars U-S by the time cameras were turned off. With Stevie Wonder singing ``Lean on Me'' and Usher and Blake Shelton joining for ``Stand By Me,'' the message was clear: Americans were being asked to help those whose lives were upended by wind and rain. Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the ``Hand in Hand'' telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma.
KID ROCK - NO ANNOUNCEMENT
So much for Kid Rock letting the rest of the world in on his political ambitions. He promised to say something about whether he'd be seeking elective office during his show last night.
But he didn't. The musician did the first a series of shows to christen the new arena in in Detroit but he focused mainly on music, not politics. Kid Rock has hinted he might run for the U-S Senate representing his native Michigan. He continued to tease at that during his show last night but didn't say one way or the other what he would do.
TROY GENTRY'S HELICOPTER - MECHANICAL PROBLEMS
Authorities say the pilot of the helicopter carrying Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was having mechanical problems just before it crashed on Friday. Radio communications between emergency responders indicate the pilot was planning to make an emergency landing and was hovering while waiting for the fire department to arrive. Responders note that seconds later, the helicopter crashed just south of an airport in Medford, New Jersey.
Gentry and the pilot were the only people on board. Both were killed.
YES - CANCELS TOUR DATES
Yes has abruptly canceled the rest of their Yestival tour after the death of the son of guitarist Steve Howe.
Details were not given about the death of Virgil Howe, except that it was described as ``tragic'' and ``unexpected.'' Eight concerts through next week have been called off and refunds offered. Virgil Howe was the drummer for the British band Little Barrie, whose claim to fame in America is performing the theme song for the T-V show ``Better Call Saul.''
STEELY DAN - FIRST TOUR DATES
Donald Fagen is making good on his promise to continue the music of Steely Dan after the death of bandmate Walter Becker. Fagen has announced Steely Dan fall tour dates beginning October 13th in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Fagen will do a handful of dates later this month with his band, The Nightflyers.
THOMAS RHETT: FAME, FAMILY AND MUSIC
Thomas Rhett has a hard time dealing with fame.
He has an even harder time dealing with his wife's fame. Rhett says his wife, Lauren, has a million Instagram followers, which is ``insane.'' He says they're a normal couple, and he's a normal guy trying to balance a music career with two young daughters at home.
The Rhetts were in the process of adopting a girl when Lauren became pregnant, so they have two girls under the age of two. Rhett says the grandparents live in town and call twice a day to see if they can babysit. Rhett just released a new album, ``Life Changes.''
CHAINSMOKERS' ALEX PALL - COMMENT
Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has apologized for saying he would not bring his dog to China. BuzzFeed News reports an interviewer in a promotional video had asked if Pall brings his dog on tour. Pall said he tries to, but she behaves badly. He says, ``I mean, if she could come anywhere, I'd bring her to -- well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China.'' He starts laughing. The video has been deleted. Pall tweets he had read reports of dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces. He says The Chainsmokers ``never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone.''
KELIS UNVEILS MILKSHAKE RECIPE
Kelis is finally revealing just what's in that milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard. It's Bailey's Irish cream, ginger beer and cayenne pepper. Kelis gave her recipe for milkshakes to Billboard magazine in honour of National Chocolate Milkshake Day yesterday. Her recipe also calls for chocolate ice cream, candied ginger and ginger-infused whipped cream for the top. Kelis is a graduate of the elite cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, a former Cooking Channel host and a published cookbook author.
CHARLIE DANIELS - ``THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA''
Charlie Daniels used eight fiddles for the devil's part on ``The Devil Went Down To Georgia.'' Daniels tells Billboard magazine one of them was a unique eight-string fiddle strung like a mandolin. He says now it would be done electronically but he did it organically. Daniels says a lot of people tell him the devil's fiddle part is better than Johnny's, and his response is, ``No, it's not.'' He argues Johnny is playing a melody, while ``you can't hum the devil's part.'' He says the devil's fiddling is ``a bunch of noise.''
GENE SIMMONS BRINGS ``THE VAULT'' EXPERIENCE
Gene Simmons will personally deliver a copy of his new boxed set to anyone who buys it. Where you are when you receive it depends on how much you're willing to pay.
``Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience'' is a 38-pound creation that includes 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound commemorative book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an ``In Gene We Trust'' medallion and a piece of memorabilia from Simmons' personal collection. For two thousand dollars, Simmons will give it to you at a meet-and-greet next year in a city near you. For 25 thousand dollars, he'll also do a Skype call and bring you and a friend into the studio to preview the tracks, plus you get an executive producer credit on ``The Vault.''
For 50 thousand dollars, he'll bring it to your house and spend two hours with you and up to 25 friends. Details are at www.GeneSimmonsVault.com .
BRUNO MARS - TV SPECIAL
Bruno Mars took to the streets of New York for his first T-V special. Mars and his band, The Hooligans, entertained New Yorkers on the street as part of his ``Bruno Mars: 24 K Magic Live at the Apollo'' special. He also taped a performance at New York's Apollo Theater and performed on its marquee. Mars is still filming portions of the special, which will air November 29th on C-B-S.