MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
DAVID GILMOUR - POMPEII
Maybe this time people will show up when David Gilmour plays Pompeii. Gilmour has announced he will play the Pompeii Amphitheatre in Italy on July 7th and 8th. Pink Floyd shot their ``Live at Pompeii'' film at the amphitheatre in 1972. It's notable because the band played live but there was no audience.
KURT COBAIN - GUN PHOTOS
Police in Seattle are releasing photos of the shotgun Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain used to kill himself decades ago. A Seattle police cold case detective is shown holding Cobain's gun at different angles in five photos posted to the department's website. The photos were taken in June 2015 and added to the city of Seattle's computer system earlier this month. It's not clear why they took the photos last year or why they're releasing them to the public. Cobain was 27th when he died in 1994.
50 CENT - VARIETY SHOW
50 Cent says he grew up watching variety shows, and now he'll star in one of his own. He will produce and host a series called ``50 Cent Presents'' for the A-and-E Network. It will include comedy sketches, standup, reality experiments, music, magic, dance numbers and celebrity guests. 50 Cent plans to bring on his A-list friends and have them show off some of their lesser-known skills. An air date was not announced.
TIM McGRAW - BOOK
Tim McGraw is turning his song ``Humble and Kind'' into a book. Hachette Books has announced the book version will include lyrics, illustrations and an introduction by McGraw.
The song was inspired by his daughter leaving for college. The book comes out May 17th, just in time to give as a graduation gift.
McGraw will donate the proceeds to charity.
MADONNA - BRISBANE CONCERT
Madonna fans in Brisbane, Australia, were angry they had to decide whether to stay for the end of her show or take the last train home. Madonna was supposed to go on stage at 9 p-m Wednesday but did not show up until 11:22 p-m.
Hundreds of fans had left by then and demanded refunds at the ticket office. When Madonna finally did make it to the stage, she joked, ``You were here too early. You should have taken your time doing your hair and makeup. Then I wouldn't have been late.'' The last train left at 12:15 a-m, but Madonna did not wrap up the show until about an hour later.
MAN PLEADS CASE - ADELE SONG
A man facing sentencing figured he had nothing to lose by singing his own version of Adele's song ``Hello'' to the judge. The Ann Arbor News reports 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor sang to Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O'Brien on March 10th. He sang, ``Hello there, your honour'' and changed the words to, ``I want to say I'm sorry for the things I've done and I'll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know, that door, I closed. And your honour I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.'' O'Brien says Taylor is ``obviously a talented young man.'' Still, she sentenced him to two years in prison on a concealed weapon charge and 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment.
ROLF HARRIS FACES NEW INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGES
``Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'' singer Rolf Harris answered more indecent assault charges in a London court yesterday.
Harris, who is 85, is already serving a six-year sentence for sex offences against four girls. The new charges are related to assaults allegedly committed between 1971 and 2004, including three victims under the age of 14. Harris appeared by video link from prison yesterday and denied all charges.
SHAKIRA RECALLS - EARLY SETBACK
Imagine you're ten years old and your music teacher rejects you for the choir and your classmates think you sing like a goat. That's what happened to Shakira. She says the teacher thought she sounded too dissonant and her friends didn't like her vibrato. Shakira says her father told her not to give up and someday people would hear that vibrato on the radio and know it was her. As she puts it, ``Here I am with my vibrato!'' Shakira says family support is so important and she would have abandoned music if it weren't for her family standing behind her.
STRYPER'S MICHAEL SWEET - TED CRUZ COMPARISON
Stryper singer Michael Sweet is not secretly running for president as Senator Ted Cruz. Sweet has been the subject of an online joke recently that claims he and Cruz are the same person, based on photo comparisons. At first, Sweet played along, tweeting that he was going to cancel Stryper's next tour so he could focus on his campaign. Now he's tweeted an apology to Cruz over ``the silly blow up'' about them being the same person.
BATACLAN - REENACTMENT
You'd think no one would want to relive the night of November 13th in Paris at the Bataclan night club. However, French lawmakers are hoping to learn from a reenactment of that night.
Eighty-nine people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when three gunmen opened fire. Yesterday, lawmakers and first responders returned to the venue to hold an exercise aimed at avoiding a repeat of the tragedy. Some families of the victims are criticizing the move as needlessly painful.
Jennifer Lopez was weepy at the judge's desk on ``American Idol'' last night. She had tears in her eyes after Trent Hamron performed ``Simple Man.'' Later, J-Lo was sobbing when La'Porsha Renae did Mary J. Blige's ``No More Drama.'' La'Porsha was crying too, as J-Lo said how she was moved by La'Porsha's powerful performance. Last night, the judges exercised their last save of Idol's final season. That goes to Sonika Vaid, who gets to come back next week. She was in the bottom-two with Tristan McIntosh, who now goes home.
50 CENT - TV SERIES
Heeeerre's Fiddy? Looks like 50 Cent is trying to take his place among people like Jay Leno, Johnny Carson and David Letterman. He is planning to a variety T-V show for A&E. The network says its drawing up a series called ``50 Cent Presents'' _ and it will feature sketch comedy and music. The rapper says he grew up watching variety shows on T-V _ and wants to bring his own take on the genre to the table.
(The Associated Press)