MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
KEITH EMERSON - APPARENT SUICIDE
Police are investigating the death of Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as a suicide. Authorities say Emerson had what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71. His longtime partner, Mari Kawaguchi, called police to Emerson's condo in Santa Monica, California, early Friday morning. She says he could have died anytime between Thursday evening and Friday morning. Emerson was a musical prodigy who was playing in clubs as a teenager. He was part of The Nice before joining Lake and Palmer in 1970. Their hits included ``Karn Evil 9,'' ''Lucky Man`` and ''From the Beginning.`` Kawaguchi says Emerson hated being called a rock star and always wanted to be known as a composer. Emerson was supposed to begin a tour of Japan on April 14th.
KEITH EMERSON - TRIBUTE
Singer Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer says he spent some of the best years of his life with keyboardist Keith Emerson. He says for as sad and tragic as Emerson's death is, he wants people to remember Emerson's ``remarkable talent as a musician and composer.'' Emerson died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head last week. Drummer Carl Palmer says Emerson was ``a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.''
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - APOLOGY
Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes is apologizing for hinting that some security guards at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris had advance knowledge of the November 13th attack. Hughes had told the Fox Business Network that six guards did not show up at the Bataclan that night and ``it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up.'' Eighty-nine people were killed in a terrorist attack at the concert. Hughes has issued a statement asking forgiveness for ``the absurd accusations'' he made.
Hughes says he has had non-stop nightmares since the attack and he has not been himself, but he says there is no excuse for his words.
JOEY FEEK - FUNERAL
Joey Feek of Joey and Rory has been laid to rest in a family plot on her farm in Tennessee. Her husband, Rory Feek, writes on his ``This Life I Live'' blog that family and friends attended the funeral last Tuesday. A team of mules pulling a wagon from the 1800s carried his wife's simple wooden box to the grave.
Rory Feek says after everyone was gone, he took their daughter, Indiana, to see her one more time. Joey Feek died of cancer on March 4th.
IRON MAIDEN - TOUR AIRPLANE DAMAGED
Ed Force One has been damaged in an accident. Iron Maiden say the accident to their airplane happened while it was tethered to a tow truck in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. It was being taken for refuelling and a steering pin fell out. The plane tried to make a turn, but it ran into the truck. Two ground workers were injured and the undercarriage and engines of the plane were severely damaged. The band, crew and equipment still made it to Cordoba, Argentina, for their next show. Iron Maiden's management say they are looking for a replacement Ed Force One ``while our current beauty is healed.''
DON HENLEY - THE EAGLES - DONE
Don Henley says The Eagles are likely done after the death of Glenn Frey. Henley tells B-B-C's Radio 2 it was ``very difficult and very emotional'' to do ``Take It Easy'' in Frey's memory at the Grammys last month. He says they nearly didn't do it but the Recording Academy was insistent. Henley says, ``I don't think you'll see us performing again. I think that was probably it.'' He calls it ``an appropriate farewell.''
CHRIS CORNELL - ADVICE - ROLLING STONES
Chris Cornell is glad to see that the Rolling Stones are picking up where Audioslave left off. Cornell says he thought a lot more bands would have played Cuba after Audioslave did it in 2005. The Rolling Stones will play a free show in Havana on March 25th. The Audioslave concert was a logistical tangle that cost the band one-million dollars. Cornell says Fidel Castro's people reviewed their music beforehand, and the band was told their rooms would probably be bugged. His advice for the Stones is, ``They should just use up every second that they're there and not sleep and just be there with the Cuban people.''
PEARL JAM - EAR PLUGS
Pearl Jam wants fans to be able to hear them for years to come. The band has teamed up with MusiCares to offer limited-edition Pearl Jam earplugs at their concerts. They come in a case with the Pearl Jam logo. Fans can get them for a donation to MusiCares, which assists musicians who fall on hard times. Bassist Jeff Ament says fans should wear hearing protection ``or you'll end up with a 1.5k ring in both ears every night.'' Ament says he can't enjoy the serene quiet of an empty desert or a forest without his ears ringing.
HARRY STYLES - MOVIE
Harry Styles will make his feature movie debut in a film about World War II. Variety reports Styles will act in the film ``Dunkirk.'' It's about the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940. Shooting begins in May.
OBIT - SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST - CO-FOUNDER DIES
Just as the South By Southwest music festival started this past weekend, news broke that co-founder Louis Meyers had died. Colleague Aengus Finnan says Meyers died Friday in Austin, Texas, at the age of 60. The cause of death was not immediately known. Meyers helped start South By Southwest in 1987 to bring more exposure to Austin musicians. He left the management of the festival in the mid-1990s. This year's South By Southwest featured acts like The Avett Brothers, Bleachers, The Roots, Ryan Adams, DNCE, Nas (NAHS) and hundreds of other musical acts. U-S President Barack Obama was the first sitting president to speak at the festival when he did so on Friday.
KESHA - FANS - PETITION
A group of Kesha fans rallied outside Sony's New York headquarters to demand she be released from her contract with Sony. About 35 fans delivered a petition with more than 411-thousand signatures asking for Sony to let Kesha out of her contract and to drop producer Dr. Luke. Kesha and Dr. Luke are involved in a legal fight. She says he drugged and raped her a decade ago. He says she's making it up to get out of her contract.
Dr. Luke has not been charged with a crime. Sony did not respond to requests for comment.
(The Associated Press)