MUSIC NEWS: OCTOBER 3, 2017
TOM PETTY - OBIT
One of the last remaining old-school rock stars has died. Tom Petty died last night at U-C-L-A Medical Center in Los Angeles. His death came the day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. Perry was 66 and was an active musician until the last. He and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour one that he hinted would be his last. Among Petty's biggest hits were ``Free Fallin,' ``Refugee'' and ``American Girl.''
COUNTRY FESTIVAL DEATH TOLL RISES
The death toll from the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday is now 58. At least 515 people are injured. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Jason Aldean was performing his song ``When She Says Baby'' close to the end of his set before a crowd of more than 22-thousand people when the shooting started. Aldean calls the night ``beyond horrific'' and adds, ``It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.'' Aldean has not said whether he will continue with his tour. The next stop is set for Friday in Los Angeles.
COUNTRY ARTISTS REACT TO SHOOTINGS
Jake Owen describes the mass shooting during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas as ``like a movie that you feel like you've seen before that's not real life.'' Owen was watching Aldean's set from the side of the stage when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring 515. Owen tells N-B-C's ``Today'' show he wasn't even sure he was hearing gunshots. Luke Combs, who played earlier that night at the festival, says he and his crew are safe but he hurts ``for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel.'' Kane Brown, who also performed Sunday, tweets his prayers and says, ``This world is sick.'' Maren Morris played the festival Saturday.
She says she's ``in shock over this unfair, senseless tragedy and heartbroken for the lives taken too soon.'' Lauren Alaina also played Vegas Saturday and tweets it was one of her best crowds all year. She calls the news ``devastating.''
NASHVILLE - VIGIL FOR SHOOTING VICTIMS
Although the shootings at a country music festival on Sunday were in Las Vegas, the city of Nashville, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, the County Music Association and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation paid their own tribute to the victims. A gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday during Jason Aldean's set and killed 58 people and wounded 515.
ARIANA GRANDE REACTS TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS
Ariana Grande says her ``heart is breaking for Las Vegas.'' Grande tweets, ``We need love, unity, peace, gun control and for people to look at this and call this what it is terrorism.'' Fifty-eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. Barely four months ago in Manchester, England, Grande's concert was hit by a suicide bomber that killed 22 people.
TICKET REFUNDS - LIL WAYNE
The arena where Lil Wayne refused to pass through a security check and missed his own concert has promised refunds. The concert promoter says refunds will not be offered. Lil Wayne was to perform with Cardi B, 2 Chainz and Tory Lanes at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday. He would not submit to the security check, and arena officials refused to make an exception for him. Promoters Ben Hated L-L-C and Victory Promotions told arena officials they had decided not to give refunds. Arena officials say they're negotiating with the promoters.
MIDLAND - ``DRINKIN' PROBLEM''
Midland believes they could not have gotten away with the song ``Drinkin' Problem'' two years ago. Bassist Cameron Duddy says they wrote that song two years ago and sat on it until this year. He says when he saw Chris Stapleton win during the 2015 Country Music Association Awards, he knew there was a change happening. Guitarist Jess Carson says they thought it was a lofty idea that ``Drinkin' Problem'' would even get on the radio. Singer Mark Wystrach says the fact that it went number one is ``a great indicator that there is ``a thirst for modern traditional or neo-traditional or however they are calling our music.''
(The Associated Press)