MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
GARTH BROOKS - REFUGEES
An influx of Garth Brooks fans to Hamilton is temporarily pushing some Syrian refugee families out.
Various media reports say more than 200 Syrian refugees were bumped from their accommodations at downtown Hamilton hotels to make way for thousands of Brooks fans who already booked rooms.
The country music legend is playing a series of concerts in the city Thursday through Sunday night.
Reports say the refugees were shuttled to St. Catharines _ about 55 kilometres away _ to stay at another hotel for the duration of the shows.
Wesley Urban Ministries handles the reception of government-assisted refugees, helping them find places to stay as they search for permanent housing in the region.
Emails for comment late Wednesday were not immediately returned, while both the office of Hamilton mayor Fred Eisenberger and management for Brooks were also not available for comment.
(David Friend/The Canadian Press)
LOLLAPALOOZA ANNOUNCES LINEUP
Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem will headline this year's Lollapalooza. Founder Perry Farrell's band, Jane's Addiction, is also on the list of performers.
The festival has added a fourth day and will include more than 170 acts. Among the other artists set to perform are J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Future, Major Lazer, The 1975, Chris Stapleton and X Ambassadors. Lollapalooza is set for July 28-31 in Chicago.
DEMI LOVATO AND JOE JONAS ANNOUNCE TOUR
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas already know they get along as friends. They figured now was the time to test that by going on tour together. They will kick off the ``Future Now'' tour on June 24 in Sunrise, Florida. Lovato says they've been friends for ten years and they're also business partners, so they have a strong trust. Jonas says they're still working out the aspects of the show, so he doesn't know yet if they will be on stage together or if they'll do separate sets.
Prince will take the stage in Toronto on Friday for two newly announced shows. A post on Prince's official Twitter account revealed that the pop superstar would perform at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday. The shows are slated to take place at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time and are part of Prince's ``Piano and a Microphone'' tour. Concert attendees will receive a copy of Prince's new album while leaving the venue. Tickets for the Toronto shows will go on sale this morning.
PHIFE DAWG REMEMBERED
Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest by getting an audience of 18,000 in Sydney, Australia, to chant Phife's name. Phife died of complications from diabetes yesterday at the age of 45. Talib Kweli tweeted, ``Today is a dark day in hiphop.'' Questlove writes on Instagram when he first heard ``Scenario'' he knew he wanted to make that type of music.
Jill Scott says Phife was ``pure and smart, musical and fun.''
Macklemore says Phife was ``a key ingredient to one of the greatest groups ever.''
DURAN DURAN START THE ENGINES FOR NEW TOUR
Duran Duran bassist John Taylor would rather not relive the 1980s. Taylor says the band was cruising at ``a very high altitude,'' particularly in the early '80s. He says they were quite young when fame hit and he wasn't ready for it. He says it's like being given your first car and it's a Ferrari. He says now they're in a Buick. He adds it's ``a very sedate Buick, but it gets around to all the sightseeing trips.'' Duran Duran will kick off their ``Paper Gods'' tour tomorrow in Niagara Falls.
JARS OF CLAY GUITARIST OPENS BARBERSHOP
Jars of Clay are not making a whole lot of music these days, but the guitar player can give you a pretty good haircut. The Nashville Tennessean reports Jars of Clay guitarist Stephen Mason has opened his own barbershop called The Handsomizer in Nashville. It's tiny, with room just for a barber chair and three seats in the waiting area. Mason himself does the cutting. He went to barber school two years ago.
JUSTIN BIEBER CALLS OFF MEETINGS WITH FANS
Justin Bieber will no longer do meet-and-greets with fans. Bieber writes on Instagram he loves meeting people but he ends up feeling drained and unhappy to the point of depression. He says he never wants to disappoint people but he'd rather channel his energy into his shows and his albums.
CHRIS STAPLETON GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
Chris Stapleton is going back to his old school for a free concert. The ACM Lifting Lives charity says Stapleton will perform at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky, today. He'll also do a sold-out performance for the community later today.
CHRIS STAPLETON AMONG EARLY ACMS WINNERS
Chris Stapleton will go to the Academy of Country Music Awards knowing he's already a winner. The ACMs announced early awards and Stapleton has won new male artist of the year. Kelsea Ballerini won new female artist of the year, and Old Dominion won new duo or group of the year. Stapleton has six other nominations going into the ACMs. Ballerini and Old Dominion are contenders for other awards, too. The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on CBS on April 3.
SCORPIONS SINGER HAS THROAT INFLAMMATION
Singer Klaus Meine of Scorpions has been ordered off the stage for medical reasons. The band's website reports Meine is suffering from an inflammation of the larynx and trachea and is under doctor's orders to rest. Scorpions were 30 minutes into their concert in Hamburg, Germany, on Monday when Meine was unable to continue. Scorpions will postpone their tour of Germany to November.
(The Associated Press)