MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Legendary artists Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The live concert and ceremony was held at Toronto's Massey Hall.
The 71-year old Young told the crowd he was ``terribly proud to be Canadian,'' as he was inducted.
Cockburn, who's 72, thanked his long-time manager Bernie Finkelstein, saying ``In a world increasingly defined its by fakery, we together have pulled off the greatest trick ever -- we spread truth.''
Among the highlights of the night was singer k.d. lang whose heart-wrenching take on Young's ``Helpless'' earned her a standing ovation.
Quebecois inductees were Beau Dommage, a group formed in the early 1970s that became known for writing popular French folk staples.
Rounding out the group was Expo '67 theme writer Stephane Venne whose songwriting career was launched when he penned the winning song.
JASON ISBELL - DELAYS SHOWS
Jason Isbell is postponing his shows this week because of a death in the family of bassist Jimbo Hart. Isbell asked fans on social media to send their ``good vibes'' to Hart. Isbell will resume touring Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
MARY J. BLIGE - PERFORM CALLED OFF
Mary J. Blige's concert in Louisville was cancelled, but no one is saying why. Neither the venue nor Blige's representative has said why Saturday's show was called off. Refunds are being given. Blige has no more tour dates scheduled.
CHRIS STAPLETON - PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton reunited on stage for Timberlake's Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, on Saturday. They did three songs together, including ``Tennessee Whiskey.'' That was the song they did together at the
2015 Country Music Association Awards show that sent Stapleton's career skyrocketing. Timberlake, a Tennessee native, joked to the crowd he was nervous because he might be related to half of them.
The festival also included Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Walk The Moon and Mavis Staples.
CHARLES BRADLEY - OBIT
Soul singer Charles Bradley is being remembered for his electric performances and his hugs. Bradley died Saturday at the age of 68. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and later received a clean bill of health, but the cancer had spread to his liver. Bradley was not known for radio hits, although he grabbed attention with his soulful reinterpretation of the Black Sabbath song ``Changes.'' Busta Rhymes and Jay Z sampled his songs.
Bradley cited James Brown as an influence and even had worked as a Brown impersonator. He would close shows by giving hugs to the audience members.
CHIEF KEEF - DRUG TRIAL
Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanour drug charges. He was arrested June 12th at the airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Officials say they found marijuana in Chief Keef's carry-on bag. The Argus Leader reports Chief Keef returned to Sioux Falls last week to plead not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27th. He faces up to five years in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine.
DEMI LOVATO - MENTAL HEALTH
Demi Lovato has been a strong advocate for mental health issues _ in part because she's had struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse and being bipolar. Now she is looking to help kids displaced by conflicts in places like Iraq to keep strong emotionally. She's pushing for the expansion of an international program to help young people in conflict-ridden areas. Lovato performed at a United Nations concert in Central Park over the weekend.
MEGHAN MARKLE - PRINCE HARRY
Prince Harry's girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, was on hand to support her bae at an event in Toronto over the weekend. Markle was in the stands for Saturday's opening ceremony of the Invictus Games for wounded veterans. Markle lives in Toronto, but hadn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love.
JIMMY TINGLE - PUBLIC OFFICE
No joke. Comedian Jimmy Tingle seems serious about making a run at politics. He's filed paperwork indicating he plans to run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat in 2018. Tingle has been a longtime social and political humorist. He tells The Boston Globe running for office would be a way to, as he put it, ``take it to the next level.''
Five more music industry heavyweights have joined CTV's upcoming music competition series ``The Launch.''
Bell Media says Culture Club alumnus Boy George, Canadian pop star Alessia Cara and M?tley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx have signed on as mentors for the inaugural season of the show, which is now in production.
The other new arrivals to the show are songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy Award-winner and co-founder of country-pop duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles.
Previously announced mentors include Canadian country star Shania Twain, Fergie, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and music mogul Scott Borchetta.
In each episode of the Canadian series, five homegrown singers will perform a rendition of a new tune penned by a songwriter. The four mentors then pick two finalists to work with a renowned producer and perform the song again, with the winner becoming the official singer of the track.
Bell Media says the show is ``being readied for an upcoming international rollout.''
MUSICIANS - SUPPORT PRO ATHLETES BY KNEELING ON STAGE
Stevie Wonder and former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey showed their solidarity for pro athletes who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America. During the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, Wonder said, ``Tonight, I take a knee for America. Both knees!'' Then he knelt on the stage. Linsey sang the national anthem before the Seahawks-Titans game yesterday and took a knee as she finished. So did the guitarist who accompanied her. U-S President Donald Trump recently said that N-F-L players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired and N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell should order them to stand.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT - PROTEST CONCERT
Thousands of people have packed a stadium in Charlottesville for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer's white nationalist rallies. Dave Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the show last night and thanked the attendees and performers for coming together on short notice. He introduced Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a driver slammed into a crowd protesting white nationalists on Aug. 12th. Bro told the crowd the concert was a ``powerful and peaceful'' way to come together and turn anger into action and understanding. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay made a surprise appearance. Other performers included Cage the Elephant, Pharrell Williams and The Roots.
PETE TOWNSHEND - MARRIED
Pete Townshend is confirming what he's been occasionally mentioning from the stage: he's got a wife. Townshend writes on Facebook he quietly married his girlfriend, musician Rachel Fuller, about a year ago. They had been dating for 20 years.
Townshend says they did it at the local register's office outside London with just two witnesses: his security man and his personal assistant. Townshend says they kept it quiet because they're selfish. He describes Fuller as a ``genius,'' ''beautiful`` and ''smart.``
AARON CARTER - REHAB
Aaron Carter says he is ``disappearing for a while to work on myself.'' Carter's representative confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Carter has checked into rehab. Carter was arrested in July for driving under the influence and possessing marijuana. Carter tweets his ``stressors have not subsided with family'' and he needs time off. He also says, ``MY FAMILY has nothing to do with this. I've actually had to cut them all off unfortunately and it's gonna stay that way.'' Carter had a public argument on Twitter with his brother, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter says he's quitting Twitter for a while but he will be back with new music.
PUERTO RICO - HELP
NEW YORK (AP) _ Musicians with Puerto Rican roots are urging support for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday to announce an aid package to Puerto Rico. Lopez pledged one-million of her own money. Marc Anthony and Luis Fonsi are asking fans to join the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, in a campaign for donations at UnitedForPuertoRico-dot-com. Ricky Martin started a crowdfunded campaign to gather donations for hurricane victims. Daddy Yankee fans answered his call for donations of diapers, bottled water, mosquito repellent and flashlight batteries. Daddy Yankee says he's sure that ``God blesses the happy giver.''
KENNY CHESNEY - FALSE CHARITIES
Kenny Chesney is urging fans to be careful of anyone who uses his name to raise money for hurricane relief.
Chesney says the only charity he is working with is Love For Love City, which is helping rebuild the Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Chesney's vacation home there was damaged, but his concern is for the residents who lost everything. Chesney has sent planes of supplies to the islands and transported people and pets to the mainland. Chesney says he's been vetting local and national organizations to make sure any donations get to the right people.
LADY GAGA - ON FAME
Lady Gaga says the most touching thing about her new documentary, ``Gaga: Five Foot Two,'' is that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. She writes on Instagram that the film shows fame is lonely, isolating and psychologically challenging. Lady Gaga says being famous is ``unnatural'' but ``complicated'' because she knows she's destined to be a performer. She says she went through a range of emotions seeing it, knowing she could not be objective about herself. However, she believes director Chris Moukarbel made an authentic film.
``Gaga: Five Foot Two'' is on Netflix now.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT: THE NEXT GENERATION
Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has been producing other acts in his spare time, including his little brother's band. Shultz says his brother, Dan, is in a band called Dan Luke and the Raid. Shultz says his brother isn't running from the family connections but Dan definitely wants his music to stand on its own. Shultz says his brother is 15 years younger than him, so he jokes that Dan probably doesn't care that much for Cage The Elephant.
(The Canadian Press)