MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
JANET JACKSON IS QUIET ABOUT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SUPER BOWL GIG
Lots of people are talking about the N-F-L's announcement that Justin Timberlake will do the Super Bowl halftime show. Janet Jackson is not one of them. Jackson has not commented publicly on the decision for Timberlake to headline the show February 4th in Minneapolis. Timberlake and Jackson were the stars of the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' Super Bowl halftime show of 2004. Billboard quotes an N-F-L rep denying that Jackson was banned from N-F-L activities after that. When asked about the wardrobe malfunction during ``Sunday Night Football,'' Timberlake promised, ``That won't happen this time.''
GEORGE YOUNG OF THE EASYBEATS DIES
Easybeats guitarist George Young, the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC, has died. Billboard reports George Young died Sunday at the age of 70. Details of his death were not given. He co-wrote the Easybeats hit ``Friday on My Mind'' with guitarist Harry Vanda. The two also wrote the song ``Love Is In The Air,'' a hit in 1977 for John Paul Young -- no relation. George Young and Vanda later became producers and worked on AC/DC recordings. AC/DC say in a statement George Young was a dedicated musician and they could not have asked for a finer brother. They add, ``Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.''
PHARMACISTS CITED FOR TRYING TO ACCESS PRINCE'S DRUG HISTORY
Three Indiana pharmacists have been reprimanded for trying to access Prince's medical records in the days after his death last year. The Indiana Board of Pharmacy has imposed penalties on Katrina A. Kalb in Indianapolis, Kimberly M.
Henson in Selma and Michael Eltzroth in Crown Point. Officials say the three separately entered Prince's legal name and date of birth into a database that allows pharmacists and physicians to check drug histories of patients. None of the pharmacists had treated Prince.
They have been ordered to ethics training, and Henson and Eltzroth were fined.
EUROPE: ``THE FINAL COUNTDOWN'' SURPRISED US, TOO
The band Europe thought ``The Final Countdown'' was a throwaway song. Singer Joey Tempest says they considered it an album track, albeit one that would be great to do live. Tempest says when it became a pop smash, the band was booked for pop festivals and TV shows that clashed with their hard-rock roots. Tempest says in 2012, when Europe was recording their ``Bag of Bones'' album, they had a pretend funeral for their 1980s sound. He says the synthesizers felt wrong, so they felt it was proper to say goodbye.
Europe's latest album, ``Walk The Earth,'' is out now.
SCOTT IAN SPILLS HIS ROCK STORIES IN NEW BOOK
You want crazy stories about being a rock star?
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is telling all, in a new book called ``Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life.'' The chapter called ``Everybody Hurts'' is about him punching Michael Stipe at a David Lee Roth party. The one called ``Married With Children''
answers the often-asked question, ``Did you have sex with Kelly Bundy?'' The one called ``The Most Boring Tour Story'' is about his underpants. And the one called ``Your Hero Should Never Wear Daisy Dukes'' is about Lemmy from Motorhead. ``Access All Areas'' comes out December 12th. Ian also wrote the 2015 memoir, ``I'm The Man.''
MAN FINED FOR SINGING C+C MUSIC FACTORY
A Canadian man is fighting a 149-dollar ticket from Montreal police who seem to have issues with his singing.
Taoufik Moalla says he's appealing a ticket he was given in September after Montreal police pulled him over. When he was asked if he was screaming, Moalla replied he was just singing to the C+C Music Factory song ``Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).''
Police cited him for screaming in a public place. Moalla denies he was singing as loudly as police claim.
(The Canadian Press)