MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
JASON ALDEAN - CANCELS SHOWS
Jason Aldean says, ``This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.'' Aldean writes on Instagram he's gone through a range of emotions since he was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 as Aldean was closing out the festival. Aldean says it's time to stand together as Americans to make the country better. Meantime, he is skipping three shows set for southern California this weekend. He says he wants to take time to grieve for those who were hurt or killed and to spend time with his family and friends. Jennifer Lopez has announced she won't be performing three dates in Vegas this week out of respect for victims of Sunday's shooting. She is playing Vegas as part of a residency stay at Planet Hollywood.
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS - TICKET REFUNDS
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is offering refunds to anyone who might feel uncomfortable about being at a big outdoor concert less than a week after a mass shooting at a country festival in Las Vegas. The Austin City Limits festival is expected to bring about 75-thousand people each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival features Jay Z, Martin Garrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Run The Jewels and Gorillaz. Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley says law enforcement will have a high presence at the festival. A gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.
TOM PETTY - TRIBUTE
Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne are remembering Tom Petty, their fallen brother in The Traveling Wilburys. Dylan tells Rolling Stone magazine Petty's death was ``shocking, crushing news.'' He calls Petty ``a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him.'' Lynne tweets, ``Tom Petty was the coolest guy I ever knew.'' Petty was known as Charlie T. Wilbury Junior, Dylan was Lucky Wilbury and Lynne was Otis Wilbury. George Harrison and Roy Orbison were also in the Wilburys. Petty died Monday at the age of 66.
DON FELDER - FORMER STUDENT - TOM PETTY
Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder says he feels like he's lost a little brother with the death of Tom Petty.
Felder gave guitar lessons to Petty in their native Gainesville, Florida, before either of them was famous. Felder writes on Facebook seeing one of his students blossom into a gifted musician and songwriter has been one of his most fulfilling experiences in life.
Felder says it was obvious early in Petty's career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were special gifts. Petty died Monday at the age of 66
CONFUSION - TOM PETTY'S DEATH
The news of Tom Petty's death came out before he had even died. C-B-S News had published Petty's obituary Monday afternoon after tweeting that the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed his death. Variety cited an unnamed source for its obituary. The L-A-P-D issued a statement saying initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources and the department did not have information on Petty's condition. A spokeswoman confirmed Petty died Monday night.
(The Associated Press)