MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018
OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan once said she used to be a perfectionist but cut it out because it was no fun.
O'Riordan told The Associated Press in 2007 she was ``anally retentive'' about everything and if something would go wrong, she'd be in a bad mood for eight hours. She said she learned to laugh instead because ``you're only human and it's only rock and roll.''
O'Riordan was found dead yesterday while in London for a recording session. Police are treating her death as ``unexplained.'' She was 46. The Cranberries were famous for the songs ``Linger,''
''Zombie,`` ''Free to Decide`` and ''Dreams.`` They had planned to tour North America last year but cut it short when O'Riordan suffered from back problems.
OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CANADA
Dolores O'Riordan, the defiant voice of Irish rock band the Cranberries who died Monday at 46, found a certain solace in her second home -- a remote town about 90 minutes northeast of Toronto. When she wasn't performing, O'Riordan was often at her cottage to escape her sometimes global fame and lived for years with her family. The region was also fruitful grounds for her two solo albums. ``I'm half a Canuck,'' O'Riordan said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press, adding that had spent half my life here. With her former husband Don Burton, their two kids and a child from Burton's previous relationship, they spent years dividing time between Ireland and their Ontario cottage.
OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - CRANBERRIES MOURN
The surviving members of The Cranberries say they are ``devastated'' by the death of singer Dolores O'Riordan. Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler say in a Facebook post that O'Riordan was ``an extraordinary talent.'' They add, ``The world has lost a true artist today.'' O'Riordan died suddenly in London yesterday. She was 46.
OBIT - DOLORES O'RIORDAN - MUSICIANS MOURN
Hozier says the first time he heard Dolores O'Riordan sing, ``it threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock.'' Foster The People tweets The Cranberries showed ``it was possible to fully embrace masculine and feminine energy in one cohesive sound.'' Michelle Branch says she remembers hearing The Cranberries for the first time as a young girl and ``wanting to be just like her.'' Dave Davies of The Kinks says he was talking to O'Riordan a few weeks ago and she seemed ``happy and well.'' Even Irish president Michael D. Higgins is mourning O'Riordan, calling her death ``a big loss'' and celebrating what she did for Irish music. O'Riordan died suddenly yesterday in London.
She was 46.
OBIT - EDWIN HAWKINS - GOSPEL SINGER
The gospel star who turned the song ``Oh Happy Day'' into a crossover pop hit has died. Edwin Hawkins died early yesterday at his home in Pleasanton, California, at the age of 74.
Hawkins had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. ``Oh Happy Day''
was a number-four hit in 1969 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers. They also sang backup for Melanie on her top-10 hit ``Lay Down (Candles in the Rain).''
VIXEN SINGER - BRAIN SURGERY
Singer Janet Gardner of the band Vixen is recovering from emergency surgery to relieve pressure on her brain.
Gardner writes on Facebook she had to call off a Las Vegas show on Friday because she was rushed to the hospital. She says the surgery removed a subdural hematoma on her brain. She says to do that, doctors had to drill a hole into her head and put in a titanium plate, so as she puts it, ``I am literally a metal head!''
DICKEY BETTS - TOURING
Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is coming out of retirement. He will perform at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the weekend of July 19th. He has not toured in three years and he announced last year he was retiring. Three weeks after his announcement, he said he was going to do some dates in 2018. The Allman Brothers started the Peach Music Festival in 2012. This year's lineup also includes Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Blackberry Smoke.
IMAGE AWARDS - MUSIC
Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners last night at the N-double-A-C-P Image Awards in Pasadena, California. Mars won for best male artist, best music video or visual album and for traditional song. The last two were for his hit ``That's What I Like.'' Like Mars, Lamar also takes home three Image awards. He won for best collaboration with Rihanna, best album for ``DAMN'' and best song for ``HUMBLE.'' Other winners in the music categories at the Image Awards went to Sza for best new artist _ and Mary J. Blige for top female artist.
DIERKS BENTLEY - NASHVILLE RESTAURANT
The opening night of Dierks Bentley's new restaurant in Nashville turned into a '90s country party. Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row Nashville restaurant opened Sunday with Bentley calling out to his friends in the audience to jump on stage to do versions of ``Strawberry Wine'' and ``That Ain't My Truck.''
His friends in attendance included Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Maddie and Tae, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, Ryan Hurd and Cole Swindell.
(The Associated Press)