MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018
The family of Mel Tillis will hold a free public memorial in his honor at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on January 31st. Performers include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, The Gatlin Brothers, Allison Krauss, Brenda Lee, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis. Mel Tillis' band, The Statesiders, will accompany some of the performances. He died in November at the age of 85.
A homeless man who was hailed as a hero after the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, England, last year may not be much of a hero after all.
Chris Parker admitted in a London court yesterday to stealing from victims of the attack. Closed-circuit TV footage played in court shows Parker stealing a purse and a mobile phone from victims. The judge ordered Parker held in custody until he is sentenced January 30th. Parker became a worldwide sensation after he claimed to have comforted several dying victims after the bombing. Prosecutors say Parker did provide ``limited assistance'' to victims but also robbed others.
It's been a year since Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony, but she's still not willing to spell out what happened.
Cabello tells Rolling Stone magazine she doesn't want drama or to hurt fans. Cabello says a lot of her fans are Fifth Harmony fans and she doesn't ``like to ruin the dream.'' She says with One Direction, no one saw behind the scenes, ``you just see the dream.''
Beyonce will make good on her promise to play Coachella, after she dropped out of last year's lineup because she was pregnant with twins. Other acts scheduled to play include Eminem, The Weeknd, SZA (SIH'-zah), Portugal. The Man, Cardi B, Migos, David Byrne and A Perfect Circle. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place the weekends of April 13th and 20th in Indio, California.
RaeLynn still does not have her dog back, but she knows she's alive. RaeLynn writes on Instagram her Chihuahua, Dolly, ran off her bus during New Year's fireworks in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area of Tennessee. RaeLynn posted an update yesterday saying the dog was spotted cuddling up on a blanket on a porch in Pigeon Forge. The dog ran before anyone could grab her. The dog was spotted again a little while later. RaeLynn says she's putting out Dolly's beds and blankets in the area, hoping she'll be attracted to the scent.
Rob Thomas calls tour manager Jason Browning ``a bright light with a dark sense of humor.'' Browning died last week at the age of 46. Details were not given. Browning was a longtime tour manager for Matchbox 20 and also managed Stone Temple Pilots.
He had gotten his start doing security for Hanson and Marilyn Manson.
(The Associated Press)