MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018
ONTARIO - POET - LAUREATE - DOWNIE
A bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature that would create the province's first poet laureate position in memory of the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.
New Democrat Percy Hatfield's Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie) was introduced yesterday in the legislature.
Hatfield says Downie, who died of brain cancer earlier this year at age 53, was a poet, a singer and advocate for Indigenous issues. The poet laureate would write poetry, occasionally for use in the legislature, visit schools, present or arrange poetry readings, and assist with writing workshops or other activities.
RANDY TRAVIS - DASH CAM VIDEO
Randy Travis' management says if you see the dash cam video of his 2012 D-U-I arrest, you'll know that he was not himself. Travis' team failed to stop the release of the video and it came out Monday. Travis was naked but that's blurred. The video shows him praying, swearing and making threats. Travis' team says he was ``extremely altered'' because of a concussion and the substances in his body. They say he is deeply apologetic and he will still have his day in court over his rights being violated.
JOHN MAYER - APPENDECTOMY
John Mayer is recovering from an emergency appendectomy. His representative says Mayer was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning. He was supposed to perform with Dead and Company in New Orleans last night but the show has been postponed.
FRANCE - OBIT - JOHNNY HALLYDAY
Johnny Hallyday, the French rocker icon who packed sports stadiums and was the country's top rock star for decades, has died at 74. French President Emmanuel Macron's office announced his death in a statement early this morning, saying ``he brought a part of America into our national pantheon.'' Hallyday's glitzy stage aura was clearly fashioned around stars like Elvis Presley and his musical inspiration came from the likes of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Yet his stardom largely ended at the French-speaking world.
Canadian songstress Celine Dion was among stars sharing condolences at the news.
MEEK MILL - APPEAL
Meek Mill's lawyers are trying again to get him out of prison. His legal team has filed another appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Mill was sentenced last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. His lawyers were unsuccessful in their appeal to the superior court last week.
QUEEN FILM - LOSES DIRECTOR
The director of the film about the band Queen has denied clashing with the actor who plays Freddie Mercury.
Director Bryan Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter he had creative differences with actor Rami Malek, but they successfully put those differences behind them. Malek had complained to Twentieth Century Fox Films about Singer's unprofessionalism on behalf of the cast.
Singer failed to show up on set several times. Singer says he asked for time off to care for a sick parent, which took a toll on his own health. He says while he would have loved to have finished the project, Fox would not accommodate him. A Fox representative says Singer is no longer directing the film.
GEORGE WINSTON - NOT NEW AGE
George Winston would never refer to himself as a new age artist. Winston says he's been dealing with misnomers since his first album and he prefers the term ``folk piano.'' He also prefers to play without shoes. Winston says he tries to eliminate the foot noise and he has better control of the pedals with no shoes. He says he doesn't think about his feet when he's playing any more than anyone else would think about their feet when they're walking.
(The Associated Press)