MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017
TOM PETTY - AUTOPSY
The Los Angeles County coroner's department is investigating Tom Petty's death, but not necessarily because of anything suspicious. Petty died Monday at a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. Department spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy was conducted Tuesday. He says the coroner looks into all deaths when the deceased has not seen a doctor in six months. Results of a toxicology screening could take several weeks.
TOM PETTY - HEALTHY CONSCIOUS
Tom Petty probably never imagined cardiac arrest was in his immediate future, according to what's believed to be his last interview. Petty talked to The Los Angeles Times two days after he and the Heartbreakers finished their 40th anniversary tour and five days before he died. He said he rarely missed a concert and admitted to being spooked when he came down with laryngitis in August. He said his doctor checked his records and said Petty had not been sick in 17 years. Petty had planned to take some time off but he had projects in mind. He said being in the band kept them all young. Petty died earlier this week at the age of 66.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE - ``PUMPED UP KICKS'' - DROPPED
Foster The People declined to perform their biggest hit during their show Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Singer Mark Foster told the crowd they would not play ``Pumped Up Kicks'' after the shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday. He said it felt ``irreverent, even though that song is about gun violence and stopping that.'' Instead, the band performed ``Love'' by John Lennon. Foster posted a video of ``Love'' on Facebook and wrote, ``Our hearts are open. And broken. Love is all we have to cling to in times like this.''
CELINE DION - LAS VEGAS AUDIENCE
Celine Dion thanked her audience in Las Vegas for making the decision to be entertained. The Canadian singer addressed the audience before her show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to talk about the shootings at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 58 people dead, including four Canadians. Dion said she knows plenty of people questioned whether they should still go to see her. Dion herself questioned whether she should do the show just two days after what she calls ``the nightmare.'' She assured the audience they made the right choice to attend, because it wasn't just about singing, but love and support. Dion donated her proceeds from the show to a fund to help shooting victims.
``JIMI HENDRIX WAY'' - NEW YORK
Residents of West Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York are hoping to add some spark to the neighbourhood by getting the street named for Jimi Hendrix. The New York Times reports organizers of the effort to co-name the street ``Jimi Hendrix Way'' are hoping to attract visitors and shoppers.
Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios is on that block, and one of the petition's organizers lives in a house next door where he claims Hendrix once lived. The petitioners must make a proposal to the local community board _ then take it to the New York City Council for a vote.
STEVE AOKI - EARLY DAYS
Steve Aoki, one of the highest-paid DJs in the world, knows what it's like to eat from the garbage can. Aoki says before he was even a D-J, he'd tour with three or four other sweaty guys, sleep on dirty floors, eat bagels from trash bins _ all so he could earn 20-dollars. He'd promptly spend it on gas to get to the next gig. Aoki says he did it with a smile on his face because he got to do music, which is what he loves. He says very few music acts are making any serious money, and the rest are doing it because they love it.
(The Associated Press)