MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Country star Alan Jackson, the late guitarist and singer Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Jackson. Lynn said Jackson was the only person that could make her leave her house. George Strait, Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack each performed one of Jackson's songs in his honour. Jerry Reed died at age 71 in 2008. His daughters accepted on his behalf. And Schlitzhad some advice to his grandchildren seated in the audience. He said ``No one does this alone. In your life, be a part of something bigger than yourself.''
VERUCA SALT'S LOUISE POST SAYS DIRECTOR JAMES TOBACK VICTIMIZED HER
Louise Post of Veruca Salt says when the Harvey Weinstein scandal hit, she cried over her own sexual harassment experience 30 years ago. It wasn't Weinstein, though.
Post is one of 38 women who agreed to talk to The Los Angeles Times about being harassed or assaulted by writer and director James Toback, who wrote the film ``Bugsy.'' Post was a student at Barnard College when she met Toback in 1987. Post says going to his apartment has been a source of shame for her for 30 years because she allowed herself to be ``so gullible.''
Post says she cried recently for ``the 20-year-old woman who lost something vital that day -- her innocence.'' Toback denies the allegations.
LADY GAGA AND FIVE FORMER PRESIDENTS APPEAR AT HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT
Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the One America Appeal concert near Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
The show-stopper, though, was the five living former presidents taking the stage together: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W.
Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump sent video remarks. The concert was a fundraiser for victims of recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The concert also featured Lyle Lovett, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Cassadee Pope, Lee Greenwood, Yolanda Adams and Alabama.
SOLANGE KNOWLES GETS APOLOGY FROM NEWSPAPER THAT AIRBRUSHED HER BRAIDS
As Solange Knowles reminded Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, ``Don't Touch My Hair.'' The newspaper has apologized for digitally altering a photo of Knowles' elaborate braids. The original photo of Knowles shows her hair braided in a circle that extends at least a foot above the top of her head. The cover photo took that out. The magazine says it altered the photo for ``layout purposes.'' It adds, ``Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.'' The article quotes Knowles as saying she considers braiding an art form and recalls her experiences in her mother's salon as a child.
Knowles posted the original photo on Instagram with the caption, ``DTMH.''
JASON ALDEAN RELEASES ``I WON'T BACK DOWN''
Jason Aldean's version of Tom Petty's song ``I Won't Back Down'' is for sale, with proceeds going to victims of the Las Vegas shootings. Aldean performed the song on ``Saturday Night Live'' five days after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean was on stage when the shooting began.
Proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to the Direct Impact Fund.
MGM RESORTS WILL NOT RENT OUT GUNMAN'S LAS VEGAS SUITE
The hotel suite from which a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1 will not be rented, according to MGM Resorts. A judge also has approved a temporary order for the hotel to preserve photos, surveillance video and gambling records of gunman Stephen Paddock.
Lawyers for a California woman critically wounded at the festival asked for the order. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas tourism bureau has put on hold its slogan, ``What happens here, stays here,'' which it has used since 2002.
VAMPIRES CELEBRATE TOM PETTY'S BIRTHDAY
The vampires of Los Angeles paid tribute to Tom Petty on his birthday Thursday. LA Weekly reports the Tom Petty Memorial Vampire Walk took place on Ventura Boulevard in reference to his song ``Free Fallin'.'' Petty sang, ``And all the vampires walking through the Valley/Move west down Ventura Boulevard.''
Organizer Mary Soracco expected maybe 10 or 15 people, but dozens of people showed up in goth costumes and Petty shirts. Musicians led the crowd in a sing-along of ``Free Fallin'.''
CHARLIE DANIELS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARLIE DANIEL
Charlie Daniels says he's been dealing with bureaucratic flubs since the first day of his life. Daniels tells Billboard magazine his name is supposed to be Charlie Daniel. He says when he was born in 1936, everything was written longhand in pen and an ``S'' was added to his name. He says he's the only person in his family with an ``S'' at the end of his name. Daniels tells his life story in his new book, ``Never Look At The Empty Seats,'' out tomorrow.
BEACH BOYS CONCERT HIT BY TORNADO
Mike Love of the Beach Boys notes that before their Saturday show in Norman, Oklahoma, they were visited by Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin -- and a tornado. Love writes on Facebook the band cut short their meet-and-greet after a tornado sent water pouring through the roof.
He says the concert was not cancelled. Fallin tells KWTV she was evacuated from the Riverwind Casino twice that day. Part of the casino's roof was ripped off. Most of the severe storms that swept through Oklahoma this weekend hit rural areas.
DAN AND SHAY'S SHAY MOONEY GETS MARRIED
Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay and his new bride are off on what they're calling their ``Honeymooney.'' His representative tells People magazine Mooney married former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley on Friday between two oak trees on the Mooney family property in Arkansas. Their wedding party included the couple's 9-month old son, Asher, as well as bandmate Dan Smyers and band guitarist Justin Richards. Mooney choked up at the reception while performing an original song on acoustic guitar he wrote for Billingsley.
JAKE OWEN'S HOUSE IS FOR SALE
A house owned by two country music stars is on the market. The Nashville Tennessean reports Jake Owen is selling his three-bedroom house outside Nashville for $1.5 million. He bought it from Loretta Lynn. The house sits on seven acres and includes a chef's kitchen, a recording studio and a beach area complete with a tiki bar.
(The Canadian Press)