Have you ever heard the theremin being played?
No, it's not the trilling whistle surfing through the Beach Boys'
``Good Vibrations'' -- that was a Tannerin, or electro-theremin. Nor was the theremin used for the quivering birdsong through the theme from ``Star Trek.'' That was the voice of studio soprano Loulie Jean Norman. The theremin is seen as a mystery of an instrument, a magic trick to play. And Sean Michaels, who wrote a Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated novel inspired in part by the theremin, admits he's basically terrible at playing it. Michaels acquired two of the instruments for himself, but concedes -- quote -- ``I'm incompetent.''
AC/DC-MOST SERIOUS CHARGE DROPPED IN CASE AGAINST PHIL RUDD
UNDATED (AP) -- New Zealand prosecutors have done an about-face and dropped a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. Officials tell The Associated Press the charge has been dropped due to issues with the sufficiency of the evidence against Rudd. Three lesser charges against Rudd remain. Those include threatening to kill and possession of meth and pot. AC/DC say they only found out about the arrest of Rudd as the news was breaking.
The band says in a statement they have no further comment on the matter and Rudd's arrest will not affect the release of their ``Rock or Bust'' album in December and their tour next year.
KACEY MUSGRAVES SINGS WITHOUT PANTIES
NASHVILLE (AP) -- As if Kacey Musgraves didn't have enough nerves before singing with Loretta Lynn at the Country Music Association
Awards: she had to do it without underwear. Musgraves told reporters backstage moments before she performed ``You're Looking At Country''
with Lynn, her panties came off. She said they were ``the stick-on kind,'' only they weren't stuck on. She says she ripped them off and threw them to the side. She adds, ``In case you see them, they're mine.''
LORETTA LYNN PLANS NEW MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Loretta Lynn is 82 and just landed a multi-album record deal. Legacy Recordings will release an album of new material next year that Lynn has been working on for the past seven years.
It's her first since ``Van Lear Rose,'' her 2004 collaboration with Jack White.
CMA AWARDS RATINGS DOWN SLIGHTLY
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Slightly fewer people tuned in to see Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sing about Ebola at the Country Music Association Awards this year than tuned in last year to see them poke fun at country feuds. Nielsen ratings show 16.1 million people tuned into the CMAs this year, compared with 16.8 million last year.
The show was also the top topic on social media, with more than a million tweets.
BILLY IDOL DESCRIBES ENTERING A ``RED DIMENSION OF LOVE''
NEW YORK (AP) -- Billy Idol had an out-of-body experience when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1990. Idol says he went into ``a red dimension of love'' where there were humans who had passed on who spoke in his mind that they loved him. Idol says he doesn't know how long he was there, but he adds, ``The next minute I was back on the pavement, in agony.'' He nearly lost his leg in the accident. Idol writes about that experience in his new autobiography, ``Dancing With Myself.'' He also has a new album called ``Kings and Queens of the Underground.''
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN OFFERS LASAGNA AT HIS HOUSE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen really wanted to drive up the bidding for a charity event. At Wednesday's Stand Up For Heroes event in New York, he offered a guitar, an hour guitar lesson, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle. The winning bid was $300,000. He offered two such packages and made up nearly half the contributions that night. He also played a five-song solo acoustic set for members of the military. Other performers included comedians John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan.
FOO FIGHTERS PLAN JULY 4 CELEBRATION
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foo Fighters will mark their 20th anniversary with an Independence Day blowout at Washington's R-F-K Stadium.
Special guests include Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Junior, Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, Trombone Shorty and Washington go-go act Trouble Funk. The concert will include a barbecue, a motorcycle rally and fireworks. Tickets go on sale Saturday and there will be general admission only.
EMMYLOU HARRIS HONORED WITH CONCERT EVENT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The music of Emmylou Harris will be celebrated with a tribute concert in Washington on January 10th. Harris will perform, along with more than a dozen other performers, including Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joan Baez. The show will be recorded for later distribution.
GARTH BROOKS, SELENA GOMEZ, IMAGINE DRAGONS ADDED TO AMAS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez and Imagine Dragons will perform at the American Music Awards. Brooks will perform live from Greensboro, North Carolina. He'll do a song from his upcoming ``Man Against Machine'' album. Gomez will sing her new single, ``Heart Wants What It Wants.'' Imagine Dragons will do their new single, ``I Bet My Life.'' The American Music Awards will be shown live from Los Angeles on A-B-C on November 23rd.
LOLLAPALOOZA EXPANDS TO GERMANY
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lollapalooza is slowly turning into the travelling festival it once was, only on an international level.
Lollapalooza will add Germany to the list of countries where it will be staged next year. It will be held in Berlin next September.
Lollapalooza will also be held in Chile, Brazil and Argentina in March. The flagship date will still be Chicago July 31st-August 2nd.
OPRAH INTERVIEWS MICKEY DOLENZ
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees will be one of Oprah Winfrey's interview subjects on Sunday's episode of ``Oprah: Where Are They Now?'' on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dolenz opens up about how he was affected by the death of Davy Jones.