MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018
PORTUGAL. THE MAN - TOUR BUS FIRE
Fire authorities in Iowa City, Iowa, say a tour bus for Portugal. The Man caught fire Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The bus was parked on the campus of the University of Iowa when the fire is believed to have started in the heating and cooling system. Portugal. The Man still did their show Tuesday night. The band has had bad luck with touring vehicles. In 2011, their touring van and trailer full of equipment was stolen after they played Lollapalooza in Chicago. The equipment was recovered.
METALLICA - POLAR MUSIC PRIZE
Metallica say they are thrilled to receive ``one of the most unique and distinctive honours in music,'' the Polar Music Prize. It's the first time a metal band has won. The Swedish award panel says Metallica has taken rock music ``to places it has never been before.'' Metallica says they will be ``extremely proud to accept the award'' from the King of Sweden in Stockholm on June 14. Afghanistan's National Institute of Music also was named a Polar Music Prize winner.
JONNY GREENWOOD - ``PHANTOM THREAD''
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood had to write something romantic for a change. Greenwood says most of the film music he's written has been ``quite mournful or frightening,'' like what he did for ``There Will Be Blood.'' He sent his typical stuff to director Paul Thomas Anderson for the film ``Phantom Thread,'' but Anderson wanted music for a love story. Greenwood says he decided to write music to simulate that feeling at a classical concert when it's all quiet and the orchestra starts. Greenwood's score is up for an Oscar this year.
LEE DEWYZE - COVER SONGS
Maybe you remember Lee DeWyze for bringing out a bagpiper as he sang ``Hey Jude'' on ``American Idol.'' DeWyze says he will never do that song in concert, bagpiper or not. He also won't do his version of U2's ``Beautiful Day,'' which was his first single after he won in 2010. DeWyze says it's not that he doesn't like those songs, but he wants to showcase his own music. He says everyone who goes on ``American Idol'' wants to introduce people to what they can do. His latest effort is the album ``Paranoia,'' which he says explores love, loss and relationships. It comes out tomorrow.
HARRY CONNICK JR. - ``THE STING''
Harry Connick Junior will play the Paul Newman role in a musical adaptation of ``The Sting.'' Broadway-dot-com reports Connick will portray hustler Henry Gondorff. The musical will run in Millburn, New Jersey, for a month beginning March 29th.
Producers hope to bring it to Broadway.
(The Associated Press)