Music News for Thursday, November 13, 2014
ROBERT PLANT, RICHARD BRANSON DENY REUNION OFFER WAS EVER MADE
The idea of Robert Plant ripping up an $800 million contract is quite an image. Too bad it didn't actually happen. A British tabloid had reported Virgin boss Richard Branson had made the offer for Led Zeppelin to reform and that Plant tore up the contract. Plant's spokesman, Ken Weinstein, says Plant has not been offered anything about Led Zeppelin gigs in recent months and hasn't met or communicated with Branson in 50 years. Branson himself says in a blog post he's ``dazed and confused'' about the reports he made an offer, which he calls ``completely untrue.'' However, he says he did speak with Plant and they agree it's ``complete rubbish.''
MEDICAL EXAMINER: JIMI JAMISON DIED OF STROKE, METH USE
It wasn't a heart attack that killed Survivor singer Jimi Jamison after all. A medical examiner's reports indicates Jamison died of a stroke with ``acute methamphetamine intoxication'' as a contributing factor. Jamison died September 1 at a home in Memphis. The report also notes Jamison had cardiovascular disease and narrowing of the arteries.
VIVIAN CAMPBELL FINISHES STEM CELL TREATMENTS
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says he is done with his cancer treatments for the moment. Campbell posts on his Facebook page it's ``time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair.'' He says he's ``glad that's over'' and thanks fans for the love. Campbell is battling Hodgkins lymphoma and had gotten a stem cell transplant.
MOTORHEAD'S PHIL CAMPBELL RECORDS WITH PANDAS
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell is doing a project that is about as far from Motorhead as you can get. He's teamed up with the children's musical group Panda Party, featuring four people in giant panda suits. He's recorded a video with them for a song called ``Happy Birthday'' that you can see at www.PandaParty.tv .
TAYLOR SWIFT'S ``1989'' STILL NUMBER ONE
Taylor Swift's ``1989'' album has dropped 69 per cent in sales since its debut last week and it's still selling more copies than any other number-one album this year. Billboard reports ``1989'' sold 402,000 copies in its second week on sale. It sold 1.287 million last week.
MANDY MOORE TAKES ROLE ON ``RED BAND SOCIETY''
Mandy Moore is putting music on hold for the moment to take a TV role. She has a recurring role as Dr. Erin Grace on ``Red Band Society'' on Fox. Moore says she is still recording and hopes to release music early next year. She says the music industry has changed so dramatically in the last couple of years and she's enjoying the freedom of not working with a record label.
``WEIRD AL'' YANKOVIC DOES RADIO SHACK COMMERCIAL
``Weird Al'' Yankovic is singing for Radio Shack.
He's done a commercial in which a customer asks if the store carries heliquads and Yankovic breaks into a rendition of ``Toy Land.'' You can view it at Radio Shack's Facebook page.
``CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER'' ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will team up again, this time to sing at the lighting of the Christmas tree in New York's Rockefeller Center. Sara Bareilles (bah-REL'-ihs) will team up with Seth MacFarlane for a number as well. Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood will also perform. ``Christmas in Rockefeller Center'' airs live December 3 on N-B-C.
ONE DIRECTION TV SPECIAL SET FOR DECEMBER
N-B-C will air a TV special about One Direction just before Christmas. The one-hour special airs December 23.
BONO'S PLANE LOSES HATCH BEFORE BERLIN LANDING
Berlin airport authorities say U2 front man Bono's private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing in the German capital but the Irish singer was never in any danger.
Airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel told the news agency dpa that the 80-centimetre by 100-centimetre rear hatch landed in the vicinity of Schoenefeld airport, on Berlin's southeastern edge.
Kunkel, who didn't immediately return calls seeking comment, says it was not clear how the hatch came off and that German authorities were investigating.
He says the aircraft, which was flying from Dublin, was never in danger of crashing and landed safely Wednesday. Bono is in Berlin for the Bambi awards Thursday.