MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017
Bieber World Tour
Justin Bieber says he cancelled the final 14 dates on his Purpose World Tour because he wants his career to be ``sustainable.''
The Stratford, Ont.-native posted a message to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday night, saying the long world tour had made him appreciate his career and encouraged him to protect it from being derailed.
It was first announced last week that the remainder of Bieber's tour was being scrapped ``due to unforeseen circumstances.''
Bieber had been on tour for the last 18 months, playing more than 150 shows on six continents.
The Grammy winner's upcoming concerts included two shows in Toronto in September and several others in the United States.
The pop star was then supposed to wrap the tour in Asia.
(The Canadian Press)
KANYE WEST - LAWSUIT
Kanye West wants his insurance company to pay up on his policy after he cancelled concerts for health reasons last year. West's Very Good Touring company says insurance provider Lloyd's of London should have to pay nearly 10-million dollars for his cancelled Saint Pablo Tour. West called off a few dates after his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was robbed in Paris. He called off the rest of the tour when he was admitted for undisclosed reasons to U-C-L-A Neuropsychiatric Hospital in November. West's touring company says his hospitalization qualifies under the ``accidental bodily injury or illness'' clause. Lloyd's of London representatives have not responded to requests for comment.
CAGE THE ELEPHANT - LOLLAPALOOZA MEMORIES
Cage The Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz has less-than-pleasant memories of their first time playing at Lollapalooza. Shultz says it was their first festival ever, and he was nervous and full of adrenaline. Someone threw a bottle of champagne on stage. Shultz says he thought it would be a good idea to chug the bottle. He says he quickly realized that was a bad idea and discreetly went to the side of the stage to throw up. His brother, singer Matt Shultz, started a chant with the crowd: ``Brad, don't throw up!'' Cage The Elephant will be one of the headliners today at Lollapalooza. The festival runs through Sunday in Chicago and also features Muse, The Killers, Chance The Rapper and Arcade Fire.
ARETHA FRANKLIN - CHILDHOOD HOME
The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, has unveiled a historical plaque at the small wooden home where Aretha Franklin was born. Mayor Jim Strickland dedicated the marker yesterday. Franklin's family lived there for two years after she was born. The house is boarded up and was slated for demolition, but local groups are trying to preserve it. The historical marker is the only indication of the house's significance.
T-BOZ - BOOK
T-Boz of T-L-C was told as a little girl she wouldn't make it past 30 because of her sickle-cell anaemia. She's now 47 and has written an autobiography about all the things people told her she couldn't do, yet she did. ``A Sick Life: T-L-C 'n Me''
traces her early life as a sickly girl in Des Moines, Iowa, through the rise of T-L-C and how she still deals with sickle cell to this day. The book comes out Sept. 12th.
PATTI SMITH - SAM SHEPARD
Patti Smith remembers her former flame and longtime friend Sam Shepard calling her up out of the blue and they'd stay up all night talking about authors. Smith writes in The New Yorker Shepard was always on the move but eventually he got too sick to travel, so she'd visit him at his home in Kentucky. Shepard had promised to show her the Southwest someday and apologized for not doing that. She says they worked on manuscript about the American West that was so vivid she felt she was there. Shepard died last week of Lou Gehrig's disease.
FAITH HILL - VOCAL REST
The Faith Hill-Tim McGraw show tonight in Little Rock, Arkansas, has been cancelled because Faith Hill can't sing. Verizon Arena, where the concert was to take place, posted a notice saying Hill has been put on two days of vocal rest.
Details on her ailment were not given.
SOCAN - SONGWRITERS
Aspiring young Canadian songwriters are being offered a chance to get their work on the radar of the music industry and win some cash along the way. SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada -- is launching the inaugural Young Canadian Songwriter Awards this year. The national competition, in partnership with Sirius-X-M Canada, will give five five-thousand-dollar prizes to Canadian songwriters who are 21-years-old or younger. The songwriters must be members of SOCAN and have their competing work registered with the organization to qualify. Submissions must be made by August 20th.
HIP-HOP PIONEER - ARRESTED
A founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man. Nathaniel Glover was arrested last night on murder charges. He performed as The Kidd Creole with the 1980's hip-hop group, popular for hits like ``The Message.'' Police say the stabbing happened in Manhattan on Monday _ and the victim was found with multiple stab sounds to his torso. It's unclear what led to the stabbing.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the first rap act to be inducted into the hall.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: AUGUST 2, 2017
CHESTER BENNINGTON - FUNERAL
Linkin Park's record label confirms singer Chester Bennington's funeral was this past Saturday in Palos Verdes Estates, California. More than 500 people attended the private service at a botanic garden. Among those attending were Bennington's bandmates in Linkin Park, Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Matt Sorum. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn gave eulogies. The whereabouts of Bennington's grave, if he has one, were not mentioned.
GENE SIMMONS - GENIE THE CALF
Gene Simmons is delighted with a calf that was born near Kerrville, Texas, that looks like she's wearing his makeup. The female calf, named Genie, is black with a white face and black markings that look strikingly similar to Simmons' Demon makeup. Simmons tweeted a photo of the calf and says, ``This is real, folks!'' Heather Taccetta , who lives at the ranch with her family, says Genie is a family favorite and won't be sold for slaughter.
SIR MIX-A-LOT - JOE NICHOLS
Sir Mix-A-Lot is giving his stamp of approval to the country version of "Baby Got Back'', courtesy of Joe Nichols.
Sir Mix-A-Lot appears in the official video for Nichols' version of the song. Sir Mix-A-Lot also tweeted a link to the video with the caption, ``Butts everywhere!'' Nichols included the song on his new album, ``Never Gets Old.''
THE SCRIPT - DANNY O'DONAGHUE - VOCAL CORD SURGERY
Singer Danny O'Donaghue of The Script had to learn how to sing again after having vocal cord surgery in January 2016.
O'Donaghue says their songs span three octaves and he was singing all of them night after night. He had to stay silent for about two months while he recovered. O'Donaghue used an app to speak for him and jokes when he'd ask for cigarettes, the app would tell him he wasn't supposed to be smoking. O'Donaghue says he got his singing chops back by clean living and, yes, by giving up smoking. The Script will release an album called "Freedom Child'' on September 1st.
ANDY GRAMMER - A FATHER
Andy Grammer's wife has given birth to their first child. Their representative tells People magazine Grammer's wife, Aijia , gave birth Friday to a girl. They've named her Louisiana K Grammer, with the intent of calling her Louie.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL - LINEUP
Stevie Wonder, Green Day and The Killers are among those who will reward people for doing good deeds. They're among the performers at the Global Citizen Festival, set for Sept.
23rd in New York's Central Park. Fans earn free tickets by going to www.GlobalCitizenFestival.com by making commitments to doing charitable work. The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day and Alessia Cara (ah-LES'-ee-ah KAH'-rah) are also part of the lineup. M-S-N-B-C will broadcast the concert live.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
RICK ROSS - FEMALE RAPPERS COMMENT
Rick Ross admits he made ``an insensitive comment'' about women in rap. Ross had said in an interview with WWPR-FM in New York he had never signed a female rapper to his Maybach Music Group label because he would end up having sex with her and messing up the business relationship. Ross writes on Facebook he regrets saying that. He says his empire is built on two women -- his mother and his sister -- and his most cherished gift is his daughter. Ross says he will use his mistake to create a positive discussion and implement change.
SAM HUNT - ``BODY LIKE A BACK ROAD''
Sam Hunt is the new champ of the Billboard Hot Country songs chart. His song ``Body Like A Back Road'' has hit 25 weeks at the top of the chart. The previous record-holder with 24 weeks was ``Cruise'' by Florida Georgia Line.
SAM SHEPARD - PATTI SMITH - BOB DYLAN
Patti Smith reacted to the death of actor and playwright Sam Shepard by posting a recent photo of her with him, and one from back in the day before either one was famous. They wrote the play ``Cowboy Mouth'' when they were a couple in the early 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, Shepard played banjo on Smith's version of Nirvana's ``Smells Like Teen Spirit'' that appeared on her ``Twelve'' album. Shepard played drums in the Holy Modal Rounders, who were featured in the movie ``Easy Rider.'' He played with Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in the mid-1970s and co-wrote Dylan's song ``Brownsville Girl.'' Shepard died Thursday of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.
RANDY NEWMAN - ``DARK MATTER''
Randy Newman's new album, ``Dark Matter,'' has a song he began writing two years ago that has accidentally become timely. It's called ``Putin.'' Newman wrote the song about Russian President Vladimir Putin before he became a topic in the 2016 election to poke fun at Putin's movie-star ambitions. Newman says he finished the song and realized Putin might actually like it because it's not that critical. However, Newman regrets ever letting out that he wrote a song about President Donald Trump. Newman says he didn't include it because it was too vulgar, and ``there's no sense adding to the general vulgarity of the world.''
JOHN PRINE - JOHNNY CASH
John Prine was thrilled when he found out Johnny Cash wanted to do one of his songs. Then he was crushed when Cash wanted to gut it. Prine says Cash loved his song ``Sam Stone,'' but he felt uncomfortable with the line, ``Jesus Christ died for nothing, I suppose.'' Prine told Cash that was the heart of the song and everything fell out of that one line. Cash was insistent, so since the song was about a drug addict, Prine suggested the line, ``Daddy must have hurt a lot back then, I suppose.'' Prine says he would not have changed his song for anyone except for Johnny Cash.
Prine's new songbook, ``Beyond Words,'' is out now.
DAVID LOWERY - MIKE MILLS - JASON ISBELL - CLUB BURGLARY CASE
David Lowery of Cracker, Mike Mills of R-E-M and Jason Isbell are offering rewards to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and conviction regarding a burglary at a popular music venue in Athens, Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports more than 20 thousand dollars in microphones, amplifiers and electronics were taken from the 40 Watt Club early Friday. A talent buyer for the club says the stuff will be hard to unload because the club's name is engraved on the equipment. Lowery, Mills and Isbell are each offering five thousand dollars to find the culprits.
(The Associated Press)
Grammy Nominated trio, The Wilkinsons will be hitting the road and stopping in Dauphin August 28th!
Get ready for an unforgettable intimate night with The Wilkinsons with special guest Desiree Dorion.
This tour is is especially exciting because this is the first time the group has toured together in over 6 years!
Hear the greatest hits of The Wilkinsons, songs from the Amanda Wilkinson solo collection, and the best of The Small Town Pistols in this two-set night of amazing Canadian Country Music.
Tickets are on sale from the WAC, Dauphin Music & Electronics in Dauphin.
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017
D-L Menard, the Cajun musician whose song ``The Back Door'' became an anthem for his culture has died at the age of 85.
Menard's music carried him to 38 countries on State Department tours.
He died Thursday at the home where he lived with his granddaughter in Scott, Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Funeral Services and Crematory in Broussard website.
(The Associated Press)
PEOPLE-Garth Brooks-Trisha Yearwood
Married country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are handing out wedding gifts to fans.
Jude and Jamie Blanchard attended Brooks' show in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month with a sign that read -- ``Best Week Ever, Garth this Friday, our wedding next Friday.''
Brooks took notice and serenaded them with ``To Make You Feel My Love.''
He also asked if they wanted anything off their wedding registry, and Jamie passed along a wedding invitation to the stage.
(The Associated Press)
Musicians offer reward after Georgia club burglarized
Musicians are offering a reward for information about a burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Sgt. Jim Schultz says the 40 Watt Club in Athens was burglarized early Friday. A talent buyer for the club, Velena Vego, says more than $20,000 worth of house equipment was stolen.
Vego says the electronic equipment has the club's name engraved on it.
The nearly 40-year-old club has changed locations several times, and has been described by Rolling Stone as ``legendary.''
On Friday, David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker tweeted he would offer $5,000 for an arrest and conviction. Mike Mills of R.E.M. offered another $5,000, and Jason Isbell followed suit Saturday, bringing the pot to $15,000.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
(The Associated Press, AP Member)
Here is The Parkland's Favourite 150 Songs, as chosen by you!
150- John Denver- Thank God I'm a Country Boy
149- Nazareth- This Flight Tonight
148- Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson- Beer For My Horses
147- Barenaked Ladies- If I Had a $1000000 Dollars
146- Survivor- Eye of The Tiger
145- Ryan Keown- Amen
144- Paul Brandt ft. Jess Moskaluke- I'm an Open Road
143- Michael Jackson- Thriller
142- Midland- Drinkin' Problem
141- Luke Combs- Hurricane
140- Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee- Despacito (Justin Bieber Remix)
139- Roy Orbison- Oh, Pretty Woman
138- Dierks Bentley- Black
137- Nazareth- Love Hurts
136- Meat Loaf- Paradise by the Dashboard Light
135- Jess Moskaluke- Drive Me Away
134- Cyndi Lauper- Girls Just Want To Have Fun
133- Jake Owen- Barefoot Blue Jean Night
132- Kid Rock- All Summer Long
131- Bette Middler- The Rose
130- George Jones- He Stopped Loving Her Today
129- Fleetwood Mac- Landslide
128- Goo Goo Dolls- Iris
127- John Michael Montgomery- Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)
126- Dean Brody- Bring Down The House
125- Holly Dunn- Daddy's Hands
124- ZZ Top- Legs
123- Garth Brooks- The Thunder Rolls
122- Elvis Presley- Love Me Tender
121- The Rolling Stones- Paint It Black
120- Kip Moore- More Girls Like You
119- Anne Murray- Snowbird
118- The Proclaimers- I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
117- Darius Rucher- If I Told You
116- The Police- Roxanne
115- Adele- Hello
114- The Hollies- Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
113- Brett Eldredge- Something I'm Good At
112- Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy Train
111- Taylor Swift- Shake It Off
110- Fleetwood Mac- Go Your Own Way
109- Jess Moskaluke- Cheap Wine and Cigarettes
108- Willie Nelson- On The Road Again
107- Cher- Believe
106- Creedance Clearwater Revival- Proud Mary
105- Ed Sheeran- Castle On The Hill
104- Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr.- There's A Tear In My Beer
103- Kansas- Dust In The Wind
102- Garth Brooks- The River
101- Lynyrd Skynyrd- Simple Man
100- Florida Georgia Line- H.O.L.Y.
99- Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody
98- The Guess Who- American Woman
97- Rednex- Cotton Eye Joe
96- Brantley Gilbert- Bottoms Up
95- Golden Earring- Radar Love
94- Alan Jackson- Chattachooche
93- Guns N' Roses- Welcome To The Jungle
92- Luke Bryan- Kick The Dust Up
91- Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
90- Reba McEntire- Fancy
89- Queen- Another One Bites The Dust
88- Florida Georgia Line- Cruise
87- Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet- It's Five O'clock Somewhere
86- AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night Long
85- Uncle Kracker- Follow Me
84- Johnny Cash-Folsom Prison Blues
83- The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey- Closer
82- Pink Floyd-Another Brick In The Wall
81- Luke Bryan- Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day
80- Louie Armstrong- What A Wonderful World
79- Chris Stapleton- Parachute
78- Johnny Reid- Today I'm Gonna Tray To Change The World
77- Alison Krauss- When You Say Nothing At All
76- Kenny Rogers- The Gambler
75- Little Big Town- Happy People
74- Van Morrison- Brown Eyed Girl
73- Keith Urban- Somebody Like You
72- Deana Carter- Strawberry Wine
71- Travis Tritt- It's A Great Day To Be Alive
70- The Tragically Hip- New Orleans Is Sinking
69- Dean Brody- Bush Party
68- High Valley- I Be U Be
67- Chris Stapleton- Tennessee Whisky
66- The Rolling Stones- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
65- Luke Bryan- That's My Kind Of Night
64- Randy Travis- Forever And Ever, Amen
63- AC/DC- Highway To Hell
62- Little Big Town- Girl Crush
61- Zac Brown Band- Chicken Fried
60- The Animals- House Of The Rising Sun
59- Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris- Craving You
58- Johnny Cash- Hurt
57- Shania Twain ft. Billy Currington- Party For Two
56- Simon & Garfunkel- The Sound Of Silence
55- Bob Seger- Old Time Rock N' Roll
54- Vince Gill- Go Rest High On That Mountain
53- Trooper- Raise A Little Hell
52- Lady Gaga- Million Reasons
51- Brothers Osborne- It Ain't My Fault
50- Gordon Lightfoot- Sundown
49- Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline
48- Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys- God, Your Mama, And Me
47- David Lee Murphy- Dust On The Bottle
46- John Pardi- Dirt On My Boots
45- Leonard Cohen- Hallelujah
44- Stompin' Tom Connors- The Hockey Song
43- Aaron Goodvin- Lonely Drum
42- Blake Shelton-Every Time I Hear That Song
41- Dire Straits- Money For Nothing
40- Johnny Reid- Darlin'
39- Dixie Chicks- Goodbye Earl
38- Bon Jovi- Livin' On A Prayer
37- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Cadillac Ranch
36- Jon Pardi- Head Over Boots
35- Luke Bryan- Drink A Beer
34- Little Big Town- Better Man
33- Keith Urban- Blue Ain't Your Color
32- Ed Sheeran- Shape Of You
31- Brett Young- In Case You Didn't Know
30- Darius Rucker- Wagon Wheel
29- Guns N' Roses- Sweet Child O' Mine
28- Johnny Reid- A Woman Like You
27- Shania Twain- Man I Feel Like A Woman
26- AC/DC- Back In Black
25- Lady Antebullum- You Look Good
24- Sam Hunt- Body Like A Back Road
23- Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood- The Fighter
22- Johnny Cash- Ring Of Fire
21- Creedence Clearwater Revival- Bad Moon Rising
20- Eric Church- Springsteen
19- Anne Murray- Could I Have This Dance
18- Dolly Parton- Coat Of Many Colors
17- Lonestar- Amazed
16- Johnny Reid- Dance With Me
15- Eagles- Hotel California
14- Shania Twain- Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under
13- Alan Jackson- Remember When
12- Tom Cochrane- Life Is A Highway
11- Tim McGraw-Humble And Kind
10- Led Zeppelin- Stairway To Heaven
9- Shania Twain- Any Man Of Mine
8- Garth Brooks- Friends In Low Places
7- Journey- Don't Stop Believin'
6- Johnny Cash- I Walk The Line
5- Steve Earle-Copperhead Road
4- Garth Brooks- The Dance
3- AC/DC- Thunderstruck
2- Bryan Adams- Summer Of '69
1- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Fishin' In The Dark
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 27,2017
ARCADE FIRE - DRESS CODE RULES
Arcade Fire are making fun of a story that circulated in which the band supposedly insisted on a strict dress code for their record launch party in New York tonight. Ticket holders were told they must not wear shorts, tank tops, flip flops, large logos, baseball hats, solid white or solid red. The Montreal band has not only denied that, but they're holding a Twitter contest asking fans to send photos of themselves in their least trendy, least hip outfit. The winner will get special access at tonight's show. A social media manager for the band admits to making the dress code rules without the band's knowledge. Arcade Fire's ``Everything Now'' album is out tomorrow.
CHANCE THE RAPPER - CONCERT SECURITY
Police in Hartford, Connecticut, are planning to beef up security at concerts that attract a young crowd after more than 90 people attending a Chance the Rapper concert were hospitalized, mostly for drinking. Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says police and the Xfinity Theater agreed to increase enforcement.
He says officers made 50 underage drinking referrals at the concert on Friday. He says several underage attendees suffered from ``severe intoxication.''
NIKKI SIXX - ARM SURGERY
Nikki Sixx is showing off his bandages after having a tear in his rotator cuff and bicep surgically repaired.
Sixx has posted photos on Facebook, saying the doctor did a great job on Tuesday. Sixx claims he injured himself by breaking guitars.
RONNIE JAMES DIO - HOLOGRAM TOUR
Ronnie James Dio's widow says he always loved new stage ideas, so he would have given his blessing to being turned into a hologram. Rolling Stone reports a tour featuring Dio's hologram with a live band will begin November 30th in Helsinki, then come to the U-S in the spring. The set list will change every night.
Craig Goldy, who plays guitar in the band, calls it ``a memorial service in the form of a rock concert.'' Dio died in 2010. The Dio hologram debuted at a German music festival last year.
AIR SUPPLY - JAMAICA
You go to Jamaica, you will hear reggae -- and Air Supply. In fact, you'll probably hear reggae versions of Air Supply songs. Turns out Air Supply is huge in Jamaica, ever since they played the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2007. These days they play packed shows where everyone knows every word. Singer Russell Hitchcock tells Billboard they never know how they will be received in a country where they've never played, and Jamaica was a surprise. Bandmate Graham Russell says, ``In some strange way, we fit right in there.'' Air Supply are returning the love by raising money to help Jamaica's pediatric facilities.
GREGG ALLMAN - FINAL ALBUM
Gregg Allman's final album will come out on September 8th. Producer Don Was says Allman did not have the lungpower on the ``Southern Blood'' album that he once had, but they felt the ``raw, weathered performances were honest and compelling.''
Allman died in May from complications from liver cancer. He chose the name ``Southern Blood'' because Allman and his daughter had commissioned artist Vincent Castiglia to do a portrait of Allman, and Castiglia used Allman's actual blood in the paint. The vinyl version and the deluxe C-D will include a print of the portrait.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017
``DESPACITO'' - VENEZUELA
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are not pleased that their song ``Despacito'' has been remixed as a jingle pushing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's attempt to rewrite his country's constitution. Instead of being a song about seduction, the remix has lines like, ``For the unity and peace of our country, the constituent assembly moves forward.'' Fonsi says his music is for everyone to enjoy, not for propaganda. Daddy Yankee tweets that illegally appropriating the song is nothing compared to Maduro's crimes. Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution has created an international outcry and a protest movement that has left at least 97 dead.
JAY Z - ``4:44'' ON CASSETTE
You can't listen to Jay Z's ``4:44'' album on Spotify, but you can listen to it on cassette. Virgin E-M-I Records is offering the cassette version of the album in its online store for nine-dollars. If you pre-order it by Friday, you are entered to win tickets to see Jay Z from the side of the stage at V Festival in England next month. The album is streaming on most major services, but not Spotify.
ALICE COOPER - ANDY WARHOL WORK
Among the items Alice Cooper has just laying around is a potentially valuable silkscreen of an electric chair done by Andy Warhol. Cooper's manager, Shep Gordon, tells the British newspaper The Guardian, that Cooper bought the silkscreen for 25-hundred dollars in 1972. Then it disappeared. Gordon says he recently had dinner with an art dealer who mentioned that a Warhol painting recently sold at auction, which prompted Gordon to ask Cooper about the silkscreen. Cooper's mother recalled it had been in storage, and Cooper found it rolled up in a tube among his props from past tours. It's uncertain how much the silkscreen is worth because Warhol didn't sign it, but a Warhol expert says he's 100 per cent certain it's authentic.
BRETT ELDREDGE - BROOKS AND DUNN
Brett Eldredge purposely accepted a festival gig in New Orleans two weeks ago so he could see Brooks and Dunn on the same bill. Eldredge says he has tons of wigs on his bus, so he put one on so he could go into the crowd as a character he calls Buzz.
Why is he called Buzz? He has no idea. Eldredge says he probably wasn't that incognito because he was a tall guy in a wig, but he was still able to enjoy the show.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - BACKSTREET BOYS
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line says they've had to step up their game since they went on tour with the Backstreet Boys. Hubbard calls the Backstreet Boys ``master entertainers.'' Hubbard says it's crazy to think that he and Brian Kelley grew up listening to ``Everybody (Backstreet's Back)'' and now they're performing it with the guys themselves. The two acts will make another appearance together beyond the tour: their ``C-M-T Crossroads'' episode will air August 30th.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
LINKIN PARK TRY TO COPE WITH CHESTER BENNINGTON'S DEATH
Linkin Park say they keep reminding themselves that the demons that plagued singer Chester Bennington ``were part of the deal.'' Linkin Park say in an open letter to Bennington, ``It was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place.'' Linkin Park say Bennington left a void that can never be filled and ``a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.''
Bennington hanged himself on Thursday. The Los Angeles County coroner has officially ruled the death a suicide. An autopsy was done on Friday.
SALES OF LINKIN PARK RISE AFTER CHESTER BENNINGTON'S DEATH
The death of singer Chester Bennington has driven a huge boost in sales. Billboard reports the band's most recent album, ``One More Light,'' has re-entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number 17. Linkin Park's debut album, ``Hybrid Theory,'' is number 27. ``Meteora'' is number 41, and ``Minutes to Midnight'' is number 115. Bennington was found dead at his home outside Los Angeles on Thursday, which was the last day of Billboard's tracking week. Linkin Park could chart higher once a full tracking week has passed since Bennington's death.
JUSTIN BIEBER ABRUPTLY CANCELS TOUR
Justin Bieber called off the rest of his tour, including two shows in Toronto, ``due to unforeseen circumstances.''
His representatives issued a statement saying in spite of the tour's success, ``after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.'' The tour has been going on for the last 18 months. His next stop was supposed to be Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The tour was scheduled to go through at least October.
LOUIS TOMLINSON SAYS PAPARAZZI WERE WORSE AFTER ONE DIRECTION HALTED
When One Direction went on hiatus, Louis Tomlinson figured he'd get a bit of a break. Oh, was he wrong.
Tomlinson says he was hounded more than ever by paparazzi. Tomlinson acknowledges he was able to spend more time with his son and his girlfriend, but he doesn't feel like he got a rest at all.
BONO MEETS WITH FRANCE'S PRESIDENT
Bono describes his visit to French President Emmanuel Macron as more of a conversation than a meeting. Bono met with Macron in Paris yesterday to discuss ways to eliminate extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. Bono told reporters afterward they also discussed education for girls, a cause close to the heart of French first lady Brigitte Macron, as well as the refugee crisis in Europe.
ROGER DALTREY VISITS YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS
Roger Daltrey of The Who brought some smiles to kids dealing with cancer in Cleveland. Daltrey visited young patients at Rainbow Babies Hospital yesterday. He's a longtime supporter of teen cancer treatment charities and he co-founded Teen Cancer America.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
BEYONCE - WAX FIGURE
The wax figure of Beyonce at Madame Tussauds museum in New York has been made over to actually look like Beyonce this time. Fans complained the figure looked more like Lindsay Lohan or Shakira than Beyonce and that the skin was too light. The New York Times reports the figure was taken out on Thursday. Madame Tussauds says it's back on display after adjustments to ``the styling and lighting of her figure,'' but the museum won't say what changes were made.
SARA EVANS - FEMALE SONGWRITERS
Sara Evans accidentally made an album that celebrates women songwriters. Evans says she finished her ``Words'' album when one of her label employees pointed out all 14 songs had been written or co-written by a female songwriter. Evans says that goes to show she has good taste. The songs are a bit more intellectual than a lot of what Evans calls ``party, truck, dirt road songs'' that are popular in country music right now. Evans says her team tried extra hard to get her songs with depth and great lyrics. ``Words'' is out now.
MEEK MILL - ALBUM
Meek Mill called his new album ``Wins and Losses'' so that he could define what that means. Mill says a lot of people said he's losing or he lost. Mill says if he's lost anything, it's friends to the street. He says he's a winner because he started in his basement with a karaoke machine and now he makes records in million-dollar studios. He says he makes enough money to get his family out of a crazy environment, he can wake up on his own time and he can do things how he wants. He says that's his definition of winning and he determines his definition of losing.
ELVIS PRESLEY - GRADE SCHOOL REDONE
One of the first stages Elvis Presley ever performed on has been renovated. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the stage of the auditorium at Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi has been refinished, along with the original hardwood floors and seats. Presley went there in the 1940s. Tupelo public schools maintenance director Kirk Kitchens says one of the seats has been marked where Presley once sat. Another seat is engraved, ``Elvis was here.''
``DUNKIRK'' - BOX OFFICE
The World War II movie ``Dunkirk'' did better than expected its first weekend out. Was that because it got good reviews -- or because One Direction fans turned out to see Harry Styles in his acting debut? ``Dunkirk'' made 50.5 million dollars this past weekend. The second-place finisher was ``Girls Trip,'' with 30.4 million dollars.
JAY Z'S - ALBUM - TOP CHARTS
Jay Z's ``4:44'' album maintains its lead on the Billboard 200 album chart. It moved 87 thousand units in the past week, good enough to keep the number-one spot for a second week. That also gives him his 25th cumulative week at number one on that chart. The only other rapper with more cumulative weeks at number one is Eminem, with 31 weeks.
FORMER OWL CITY MUSICIAN - PROBATION
A former touring musician for Owl City has pleaded guilty to lewdness with a child. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jorgensen, who is 32, admitted he exposed himself to a girl under the age of 13 in Atlantic City in August 2013. He was initially charged with attempting to lure girl to the beach and engaging in criminal sexual contact. A judge has sentenced him to two years' probation. Owl City is the project of Adam Young, who brings on different musicians to support his tours.
LINKIN PARK - FAN TRIBUTE SITE
Linkin Park's ``One More Light'' tour is canceled, after the death of singer Chester Bennington last Thursday. The tour was to begin this Thursday in Boston. Linkin Park have set up a site for fans to pay tribute to Bennington at www.Chester.LinkinPark.com . Users are greeted with resources for dealing with suicide. Bennington hanged himself at his home near Los Angeles. Authorities say a half-empty bottle of alcohol was in the room but no evidence of drugs. A suicide note was not found. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - TRIBUTE - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Stone Temple Pilots call Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington ``a beacon of light and hope.'' S-T-P write in an open letter to Bennington it is a sad day that ``so many of us will no longer share in your laughter, friendship and love.'' They say Bennington showed them time and time again ``what it is to be an incredible human being.'' Bennington joined S-T-P as singer in 2013 and they released an E-P, ``High Rise.'' He left S-T-P in 2015 because of his commitments to Linkin Park.
LINKIN PARK - ``CARPOOL KARAOKE''
One of Chester Bennington's last projects with Linkin Park was filming an episode of ``Carpool Karaoke'' for the upcoming series. The band had posted a photo with actor Ken Jeong ten days ago, calling it a ``fun day.'' Bennington hanged himself last Thursday. Jeong tweets he is ``in shock and heartbroken'' at Bennington's death. ``Carpool Karaoke'' is a spin-off of the popular segment on ``The Late Late Show with James Corden.'' It is scheduled to premiere on Apple Music on August 8th.
BRIAN ``HEAD'' WELCH - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Korn guitarist Brian ``Head'' Welch is backtracking on comments he made about Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's suicide. Welch had written on social media he was angry about Bennington's death and added, ``Giving up on your kids, fans and life is the cowardly way out!'' Fans berated him in the comments sections. Welch later wrote he did not mean to be insensitive but he was dealing with a range of emotions. He says, ``This could have been me back in the day after getting wasted all night.''
SCOTTY McCREERY - HANDGUN - AIRPORT
Scotty McCreery says he has learned a lesson after being cited for taking a loaded handgun through an airport.
McCreery tells W-T-V-D-T-V in Raleigh, North Carolina, he takes gun safety very seriously. Authorities say they found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13th at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. McCreery told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out.
FANS HOSPITALIZED - CHANCE THE RAPPER
More than 90 people were hospitalized during a Chance The Rapper concert in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday. Most of them were for underage drinking. Hartford Fire Captain Raul Ortiz tells The Hartford Courant there were so many patients that some had to be taken to hospitals outside Hartford.
John Brancato of Connecticut Children's Medical Center says one 19-year-old man is intensive care after being admitted with a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.5, eight times the legal limit for driving.
FOREIGNER WELCOMES BACK THREE KEY MEMBERS FOR ONE NIGHT
For the first time in 14 years, Lou Gramm was fronting the band Foreigner again. Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood joined the current incarnation of Foreigner outside New York on Thursday. McDonald and Greenwood have not performed with Foreigner since 1980. Guitarist Mick Jones is the only founding member still in the group. They performed ``Long, Long Way From Home,'' ``I Want to Know What Love Is'' and ``Hot Blooded.'' Jones says in a statement it was great having the guys back onstage with him again. He also suggests having the band perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off their 40th anniversary celebrations.
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
OBIT - CHESTER BENNINGTON
Los Angeles authorities are investigating the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as a suicide. His body was found at his home near Los Angeles yesterday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. Bennington was 41. Bennington and Mike Shinoda acted as vocal counterparts to each other on Linkin Park songs like ``Crawling,'' ''Numb,`` ''In The End`` and ''One Step Closer.`` Linkin Park won two Grammys, including best rap/sung collaboration with Jay Z for ''Numb/Encore.`` Bennington had briefly been the singer for Stone Temple Pilots after the death of Scott Weiland. Bennington had been married twice and had six children.
Bennington was close friends with Chris Cornell and sang at his memorial in May.
OBIT - CHESTER BENNINGTON - TRIBUTES
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda says he is ``shocked and heartbroken'' over the apparent suicide of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue says Bennington had just told him how happy he was. Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects calls Bennington's death ``another gifted voice silenced to the spirit in the sky.'' OneRepublic tweets, ``If anyone out there thinks the world is better without you, you are so unspeakably wrong on every level. Please get help.'' Sully Erna of Godsmack writes on Instagram that musicians have similar struggles but are not in competition with each other. He says to his fellow artists no matter what their genre, reach out to another in times of trouble.
``DESPACITO'' - MALAYSIA
Malaysia has banned the most popular song in the world right now. Malaysia has forbidden ``Despacito'' by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee from being played on state radio and television, but not on private stations or online.
The country's communications minister says it's because of public complaints about obscene lyrics. ``Despacito'' means ``slowly'' in Spanish and it's a song about seduction. Interestingly, the remix of ``Despacito'' featuring Justin Bieber is not banned.
CRYSTAL GAYLE - BRENDA LEE
Brenda Lee has dropped out of her performance tomorrow at the Georgia Mountain Fair in northern Georgia because of a broken foot. The fair's website says Crystal Gayle will take her place. Details of Lee's injury are not known.
CHRIS CORNELL'S WIDOW - MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM
A non-profit group in Seattle will establish a music therapy program for traumatized children because of a gift from Chris Cornell's widow. Rolling Stone reports Childhaven will launch the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program. Cornell's wife, Vicky, donated 100-thousand dollars to the group. Childhaven helps children affected by neglect, abuse, domestic violence and chemical dependency.
(The Associated Press)