MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
DON McLEAN SAYS HE'S BEEN STAYING AWAY FROM EX
Don McLean says he has been honouring the order of protection his wife took out on him. McLean says he has had no contact with his ex-wife, Patrisha McLean, for more than a year and he will continue to do so. A Maine court this week extended Patrisha McLean's order for two years. Don McLean was arrested for domestic assault at his home in Camden, Maine, in January 2016.
Patrisha McLean says she hopes their case will motivate people to support organizations that help victims of domestic abuse.
KID ROCK GETS INTO GRILLING
Next time you want to cook up some fun, Kid Rock has just the thing for you. Rock has created a portable keg-shaped grill with his ``American Badass'' logo on the front. It has enough space to cook 12 hamburgers. Rock says it's 100 per cent American made. The charcoal version sells for $99.95 and the propane version is $149.95. Rock has posted Instagram video showing him launching Chinese-made grills with a catapult and shooting them out of the air.
ELTON JOHN - PATTI LABELLE
It took Patti LaBelle a long time to get over Elton John taking her Tupperware. LaBelle tells Vanity Fair magazine she used to make dinner for John when he was still known as Reggie Dwight and he played piano in the band when her group LaBelle performed in the U.K. in the 1960s. LaBelle says he took home her Tupperware once and she kept bugging him to get it back. LaBelle says, ``Eventually, he gave me a diamond ring, and I called it quits.'' LaBelle has a new cookbook coming out April 25th called ``Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets To Sing About.''
THE STRUMBELLAS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD SHOW AND A BAD SHOW
Strumbellas singer-guitarist Simon Ward can be in a foul mood for two days if a show goes bad. On the other hand, Ward says if they had a good show, the band gets along great and they're on top of the world. Bandmate Jon Hembrey says it's an intangible thing to figure out what makes a concert good or bad, but mostly it's how the crowd is reacting. He says if they're singing along, that's good, but if they're on their phones or chatting to each other, that's bad. Hembrey says people falsely assume that because they're in a big crowd, the band can't see them.
SLIPKNOT BASSIST PAUL GRAY'S STUFF IS FOR SALE
For the right price, you could own one of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's instruments, his clothes or even his used makeup. Backstage Auctions will sell several of Gray's personal items online April 1st to the 9th. The collection includes 14 of his basses, the jumpsuits he wore on stage and the makeup and eyeliner he used in combination with his mask on his final Slipknot tour in 2009. Other items for sale include Gray's platinum sales award for Slipknot's debut album, his sweaty wristbands and his blood pressure monitor. Proceeds will benefit Gray's daughter.
(The Associated Press)