MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS PLAY LAURIER SATURDAY AT LA GRANGE
Rosie & the Riveters are four fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flare! Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off! Along with whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a sound and sight that is lighthearted and captivating for all music lovers.
They are inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who represents the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII and embodies the strength and power that thrive in every woman. The Riveters are about empowering women to be ambassadors for change in their community and to attain this goal, they use 20% of their merchandise sales to support other women’s projects around the world through KIVA.org.
Since the band’s formation in 2011, they have quickly taken the prairies by storm! They have performed over 100 concerts in Saskatchewan, showcased across the prairies and Ontario, been featured at numerous festivals and participated in workshops with artists such as Serena Ryder, Arlo Guthrie, The Bros. Landreth, and Kat Danser.
Their new album, Good Clean Fun, was produced by celebrated Manitoba based guitarist, composer, producer and JUNO-winner Murray Pulver (The Bros. Landreth, Doc Walker, Crash Test Dummies and more).
For more info call 204.447.2752.
Newfoundland's Hey Rosetta! won big at the East Coast Music Awards gala last night in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The indie group -- formed in St. John's 10 years ago -- took home album of the year and group recording of the year for the album ``Second Sight,'' and song of the year for ``Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering.)'' Fellow St. John's native Amelia Curran received songwriter of the year and two-piece Newfoundland duo Everglow won fans choice video of the year for ``Feel Your Heart.''
Husband and wife team Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy won awards for traditional instrumental recording of the year for ``One'' and fans choice entertainer of the year. More awards will be handed out through the weekend.
DIANA ROSS INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Diana Ross was hurt in a traffic accident on the way to her concert in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and still made the show. Bethlehem police say an S-U-V ran a stop sign Wednesday and hit Ross' limo. Paramedics treated her at the scene for head and neck pain, and she indicated she'd seek further treatment on her own. The limo had to be towed. Police cited a 22-year-old New Jersey woman who was driving the S-U-V.
RINGO STARR, CYNDI LAUPER, AGAINST ME! TAKE ON NORTH CAROLINA'S LGBT LAW
Ringo Starr, Cyndi Lauper and Against Me! are taking three different approaches to protesting North Carolina's new law that blocks anti-discrimination measures for the L-G-B-T community. Starr has called off his June 18th concert in Cary. He says he's sorry to disappoint fans but says ``we need to take a stand against this hatred.'' Cyndi Lauper plans to keep her June 4th date in Raleigh and donate the profits to a group trying to get the law appealed. Lauper says she looks forward to coming to North Carolina and ``standing up for equality and fairness.'' Against Me!, featuring transgender frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, will play Durham on May 15th and donate the proceeds to an L-G-B-T youth centre in Charlotte. Grace says she commends any artist who boycotts North Carolina but she's not cancelling.
KELLY CLARKSON HAS A BOY
Kelly Clarkson is a mom again. She tweets she gave birth to a son on Tuesday. She and husband Brandon Blackstock have named him Remington Alexander Blackstock. Clarkson says the baby is healthy and she and her husband ``couldn't be happier or more in love!'' They also have a daughter, River Rose, who will be 2 in June.
JUDGE CLEARS WAY FOR KATY PERRY TO BUY CONVENT
Katy Perry is a little closer to purchasing a hilltop convent in Los Angeles for her new home. A judge has voided the sale of the convent to Los Angeles restaurant owner Dana Hollister, saying the nuns at the convent did not have the authority to sell it. Perry tried to buy the property for 14.5 million dollars. The archbishop approved her bid and says he has the authority to sell the property, not the nuns. Hollister had already started renovating the convent with the intent of turning it into a hotel. Perry's bid still needs approval from the Vatican.
GRAHAM NASH RELEASES ``THIS PATH TONIGHT''
Graham Nash has had thousands of photos taken of him and has been a photographer himself for decades. Still, it was a candid shot his girlfriend took that captured his feeling for his new album, ``This Path Tonight.'' The photo shows Nash from behind as he walks through a wooded area in the snow. Nash says it caught him in a reflective mood as he considers the rest of his life. He says he's going through a lot of personal changes and he got those feelings out on the record. ``This Path Tonight,'' with that photo on the cover, is out today.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS' PLAYOFF BID COULD BUMP JUSTIN BIEBER SHOW
Justin Bieber will be watching Cleveland in the N-B-A playoffs, and not only because he's a LeBron James fan. If Cleveland and Detroit go to five games in the opening round of the playoffs, Bieber's April 26th concert in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena will get bumped. The Cavaliers are working with Bieber's tour organizers to come up with a contingency plan.
LADY ANTEBELLUM WILL SING AT KENTUCKY DERBY
Lady Antebellum will sing the national anthem before the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is set for May 7th and will be carried live on N-B-C.
``SHARKNADO'' PRODUCERS TACKLE ELVIS PRESLEY CONSPIRACY THEORY
The team that brought us ``Sharknado'' now wants to tell Elvis Presley's story. Film production company The Asylum has teamed up with AXS (access) T-V for a conspiracy thriller called ``Elvis Lives!'' It's based on the urban myth that Presley did not die in 1977. Asylum president David Rimawi says they ``intend to do for the life of Elvis Presley what 'Sharknado' did for flying sharks.'' An air date was not announced.
Singer Michael Buble and film and T-V producer Robert Lantos are among the recipients of this year's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. Others being rewarded include artist Marie Chouinard, tenor Ben Heppner and singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark. Rounding out the list are children's playwright Suzanne Lebeau and philanthropist John D McKellar. The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were founded in 1992 and are given to Canadians whose accomplishments are deemed to have inspired and enriched the country. A gala honouring this year's recipients will be held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on June 11th.
Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party. In New York yesterday, Franklin said negotiations have just about wrapped up for a biopic about her life. She has been trying to arrange the project with ``Straight Outta Compton'' producer Scott Bernstein. Plans for a biopic date back to at least 2011, when Franklin announced she wanted Halle Berry to star. Jennifer Hudson is now reportedly being considered for the lead.
(The Associated Press)
'Santana IV' by Santana among new album releases
Here's a list of some new album releases for the week ending April 23:
1GN (1 Girl Nation) _ ``Unite''
7Horse _ ``Livin' in a B---- of a World''
Oren Ambarchi _ ``Pale Calling''
Louis Armstrong _ ``Live on the Small Screen''
Fred Astaire _ ``Sings George & Ira Gershwin''
Del Barber & The No Regretzkys _ ``The Puck Drops Here''
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop _ ``Love Letter for Fire''
Bear Hands _ ``You'll Pay for This''
Jenny Berkel _ ``Pale Moon Kid''
Blaqk Audio _ ``Material''
Megan Bonnell _ ``Magnolia''
Boosie Badazz & C-Murder _ ``Penitentiary Chances''
Clairy Browne _ ``Pool''
John Carpenter _ ``Lost Themes II''
Cellars _ ``Phases''
The Coathangers _ ``Nosebleed Weekend''
Phil Collins _ ``No Jacket Required'' (Deluxe Edition)
Phil Collins _ ``Testify'' (Deluxe Edition)
Javier Colon _ ``Gravity''
Crematory _ ``Monument''
Crisix _ ``From Blue to Black''
France D'Amour _ ``Bubble Bath & Champagne 2''
Dave Harrington Group _ ``Become Alive''
Del McCoury Band _ ``Del & Woody''
Shan Vincent de Paul _ ``Saviors''
Dollar Bin _ ``The King of Styles'' (EP)
E+E _ ``The Light That You Gave Me to See You'' (reissue)
East of Venus _ ``Memory Box''
El Estrellero _ ``Drama''
Eskimeaux _ ``Year of the Rabbit''
Fanfare Ciocarlia _ ``Onwards to Mars''
FEMME _ ``Debutante''
The Fifth Service _ ``Proven''
Alan Fitzpatrick _ ``Fabric 87''
Foghat _ ``Complete Bearsville Album Collection''
Lita Ford _ ``Time Capsule''
Free Cake for Every Creature _ ``Talking Quietly of Anything with You''
Ace Frehley _ ``Origins Vol. 1''
Ganz _ ``GAO'' (EP)
Go Suburban _ ``WWDK''
Benny Golson _ ``Horizon Ahead''
Goose _ ``What You Need''
Adam Green _ ``Aladdin''
Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex _ ``Denver''
Har Mar Superstar _ ``Best Summer Ever''
PJ Harvey _ ``The Hope Six Demolition Project''
Herrick _ ``Cottonfields''
Howls of Ebb _ ``Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows''
Izegrim _ ``The Ferryman's End''
J Dilla _ ``The Diary''
Al Jarreau _ ``Live at Montreux 1993''
Keb' Mo' _ ``Live - That Hot Pink Blues Album''
Kowton _ ``Utility''
Cate Le Bon _ ``Crab Day''
Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life _ ``Nihil Novi''
Metallica _ ``Kill `Em All'' (Deluxe Edition)
Metallica _ ``Ride the Lightning'' (Deluxe Edition)
Metallica _ ``Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003''
Kevin Morby _ ``Singing Saw''
Mr. Lif _ ``Don't Look Down''
Mogador _ ``Overflow Pool''
Musiq Soulchild _ ``Life on Earth''
Graham Nash _ ``This Path Tonight''
Nucleus _ ``Sentient''
onething Live _ ``Love Makes Us Strong''
Marie Osmond _ ``Music is Medicine''
OTEP _ ``Generation Doom'' (Deluxe Edition)
Primitive Weapons _ ``The Future of Death''
Prism Tats _ ``Prism Tats''
RAIGN _ ``When It's All Over''
Rarity _ ``I Couldn't Be Weaker''
Rich Robinson _ ``The Woodstock Sessions Vol. 3'' (reissue)
Rich Robinson _ ``Through a Crooked Sun'' (reissue)
Roxy Epoxy _ ``1000''
Royce Da 5'9`` _ ''Layers``
Russian Baths _ ``Ambulance''
Santana _ ``Santana IV''
Ashley Shadow_ ``Ashley Shadow''
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros _ ``PersonA''
Sturgill Simpson _ ``A Sailor's Guide to Earth''
Solids _ ``Else''
Sulk _ ``No Illusions''
Surgical Meth Machine _ ``Surgical Meth Machine''
Suuns _ ``Hold/Still''
Tiles _ ``Pretending 2 Run''
Tiny Tim _ ``The Complete Singles Collection, 1966-1970''
Various Artists _ ``NOW! 26''
Ernie Watts _ ``Wheel of Time''
Wild Belle _ ``Dreamland''
Xiu Xiu _ ``The Music of Twin Peaks''
Paul Young _ ``Good Thing''
The Zenith Passage _ ``Solipsist''
(The Canadian Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
RYAN LAIRD BROUGHT HIS "BIGGER THAN THAT" MESSAGE TO THE PARKLAND
Canadian singer songwriter Ryan Laird (who currently makes his home in Nashville) dropped in the 730 CKDM studios yesterday along with a group of Parkland area students. Ryan spoke with CKDM's Alec Woolston about the Bigger Than That program. Laird also played a song live in our studios.
CEELO GREEN COMPLETES SENTENCE
CeeLo Green is off probation. A judge in Los Angeles has agreed with a recommendation from probation officials that Green no longer needs to report to a probation officer. Green had pleaded no contest in August 2014 to giving a woman ecstasy during a dinner date. Green had tweeted comments about rape after entering his plea, including one that said, ``Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!'' Green tweeted an apology but lost several concert gigs and a reality show as a result.
TONI TENNILLE: THE CAPTAIN NEVER LOVED ME
Toni Tennille of The Captain and Tennille stayed in a loveless marriage rather than shatter fans' image of them. Tennille says she has never felt loved by ``The Captain,'' Daryl Dragon. They divorced after nearly 40 years of marriage.
Tennille says she didn't do it sooner because she didn't want to let fans down. She says she loved Dragon madly at the beginning, but she found out he was something else that she could never change. She says the split was amicable and she and Dragon still talk professional and personal matters every week. Tennille has just put out a book called ``Toni Tennille: A Memoir.''
BLACK KEYS REGRET INDUCTING STEVE MILLER INTO ROCK HALL
The Black Keys were so disgusted after inducting Steve Miller into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that they left while he was still playing. Singer Dan Auerbach tells Rolling Stone he and drummer Patrick Carney regret inducting Miller. It wasn't so much Miller's comments about how he felt the Rock Hall had treated him badly as much as how Miller treated Auerbach and Carney.
Auerbach says Miller did not know or care who they were, and once Miller found out, he made a ``disingenuous'' attempt to talk to them. Auerbach says the Rock Hall treated them nice and the most unpleasant part of the experience was being around Miller.
NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR REACTS TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S CONCERT CANCELLATION
North Carolina's governor says he loves The Boss, but he's wrong. Governor Pat McCrory says Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band should not have called off their Greensboro show last weekend because of the new state law that limited gender-specific bathroom use and L-G-B-T protections. McCrory says Springsteen and guitarist Steven Van Zandt have ``lost the pulse of the working-class men and women'' who ``agree with common-sense restroom and bathroom regulations.''
BOBBY RYDELL WAS NEAR DEATH BEFORE 2012 DOUBLE TRANSPLANT
Bobby Rydell admits he used to be a drunk.
Rydell says he was always a social drinker, but when his first wife died after 36 years together, ``Vodka became a very, very dear friend.'' Rydell used to hide bottles in his golf bag or in his car trunk, and if he had half a bottle, he'd go to the liquor store because he'd be afraid he'd run out. His drinking came to a screeching halt when he had to undergo a liver and kidney transplant in 2012. Rydell says his doctor said he would have been dead in two weeks without the transplants. Rydell is still performing and will release his autobiography, ``Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances,'' on May 4th.
BATACLAN CONCERT HALL PLANS REOPENING
The Paris concert hall where 89 people were killed during an Eagles of Death Metal concert in November plans to reopen by the end of the year. The management of the Bataclan says renovation work has started but an opening date has not yet been decided. Several concerts have been scheduled, including Pete Doherty on November 16th.
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN WILL PARTICIPATE IN BIOGRAPHY
Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer will give his blessing and his commentary to an authorized biography. It's called ``A Perfect Union of Contrary Things'' and it will be written by Sarah Jensen, his friend of 30 years. Keenan will provide sidebars to illuminate the narrative. The book will include interviews with Keenan's family, friends, colleagues and teachers. It will cover such topics as his Midwest upbringing, his time in the Army, his stint in art school, his work at a pet shop, his winemaking and lots of rock and roll. ``A Perfect Union of Contrary Things'' comes out November 8th on Backbeat Books.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S BRIAN KELLEY STARTS CLOTHING LINE
Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and his wife, Brittney, are getting into the clothing business. They have opened a pop-up shop in Nashville for their Tribe Kelley clothing line. They will have a permanent store soon. Kelley says they chose the name Tribe Kelley partly because his wife has Cherokee blood and partly as a nod to bandmate Tyler Hubbard giving them a tepee for a wedding gift. The collection includes shirts, pants, hats and trinkets. Find out more at www.TribeKelley.com.
DEF LEPPARD'S RICK ALLEN PUTS HOUSE ON THE MARKET
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is relocating.
The Los Angeles Times reports Allen has put his 21-hundred-square-foot house on the market for 1.89-million dollars.
It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, lots of wood paneling and high ceilings and a pool. Allen bought it in 2007 for 1.66-million dollars.
JUNE 21 DECLARED ``MAKE MUSIC DAY''
The sound of horns, drums, guitars and pretty much any other musical instrument will echo through the cities of America and the world on June 21st, ``Make Music Day.'' Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase will lead a performance of his composition ``Shimmer'' in New York. It features at least 16 cymbals. Original Survivor singer Dave Bickler will lead the crowd at the Staten Island Yankees game to bang on plastic tubes to ``Eye of the Tiger.'' The Kingsmen will lead a rendition of ``Louie, Louie'' on the steps of the state capitol in Salem, Oregon. Auburn, Alabama, will host a community-wide performance of ``Sweet Home Alabama.''
Other events will be staged in Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, St.
Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, Nashville, Seattle, Detroit and Denver, with many other cities participating. To find out more, check out www.MakeMusicDay.org .
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016
``STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'' WILL GO TO COURT
The question of who really wrote Led Zeppelin's ``Stairway to Heaven'' will go to trial, 45 years after the release of the song. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled lawyers for the trustee of late guitarist Randy Wolfe of Spirit have shown enough evidence to support a case that the song copies the Spirit song ``Taurus.'' Wolfe wrote the song in 1966 or 1967. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are defendants in the case. The case avoided statute of limitations issues because ``Stairway To Heaven'' was remastered and reissued in 2014. A jury trial is scheduled for May 10 in Los Angeles.
BONO GOES TO CAPITOL HILL
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham's quote of the day yesterday: ``So this is what it's like to be chopped liver.'' It's because photographers on Capitol Hill were not taking his picture, but Bono's. Bono testified before a Senate subcommittee yesterday on the global refugee crisis. Bono urged lawmakers to think of foreign aid as national security. He says aid that fights poverty and improves governance could be the best protection against extremism. He says while the international community is holding plenty of meetings and issuing a record number of press releases on the subject, ``what it's not doing is cutting checks.''
JIMMY BUFFETT PLANS TO DO NORTH CAROLINA CONCERTS
Jimmy Buffett says he will honour the two dates he has scheduled in North Carolina even though the state passed what he calls a ``stupid law.'' Buffett says he will not cancel his shows in Raleigh on April 21st and in Charlotte on April 23rd. He writes on his website whether he will do future shows in North Carolina depends on whether the law is appealed. The law passed last month overrules LGBT antidiscrimination measures passed by local governments. It also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from the state's antidiscrimination policy. Buffett says his fans bought tickets before the law was passed and he's not going to let ``stupidity or bigotry'' overrule fun with his fans. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cancelled their show in Greensboro over the weekend because of the law.
JUDGE DENIES REQUEST FOR LEGAL FEE REIMBURSEMENT IN ``BLURRED LINES'' CASE
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have won a small victory in the fight over the song ``Blurred Lines.'' The Hollywood Reporter reports a judge has ruled they will not have to pay the legal fees of Marvin Gaye's heirs. In March 2015, a jury found that ``Blurred Lines'' copied elements from Gaye's song ``Got To Give It Up.'' The Gaye family was awarded 7.4-million dollars, which was reduced to 5.3-million and half the song's future royalties. The Gaye family may be entitled to some costs related to the case, but the judge denied their request for 3.5-million dollars in reimbursements.
ADELE DOMINATES GLOBAL MUSIC SALES
Adele's ``25'' album was the bestselling album in the world last year. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reports ``25'' sold 17.4 million copies. The second-place finishers weren't even close: Taylor Swift's ``1989'' and Ed Sheeran's ``Multiply'' sold 3.5 million copies each. ``See You Again'' by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth was the top-selling single in the world, with 20.9 million copies. More people are listening to music online through streaming rather than downloading.
Streaming revenue rose by 45 per cent in the last year, while revenue from downloads declined 10.5 per cent.
BRIAN WILSON WILL PUBLISH NEW MEMOIR
Brian Wilson is writing his life story again. Da Capo Press has announced Wilson will publish his autobiography, called ``I Am Brian Wilson,'' on October 11th. He put out a memoir called ``Wouldn't It Be Nice: My Own Story'' in 1991. It was written while Wilson was under the care of Dr. Eugene Landy, who later had his license revoked. The book also raised questions of plagiarism.
Wilson has disowned the book.
MERLE HAGGARD SALES JUMP IN WEEK AFTER HIS DEATH
Merle Haggard fans mourned his death by buying his music. Billboard magazine reports his album sales shot up 692 per cent in the week since he died, for sales of 22,000. He also sold 87,000 tracks, a jump of 2,050 per cent. On-demand audio and video streams of Haggard songs jumped 1,389 per cent to 16.4 million.
JIM CROCE'S ``TIME IN A BOTTLE'' SEES SALES BOOST AFTER iPHONE COMMERCIAL
Cookie Monster is inspiring a revival of Jim Croce's music. Croce's song ``Time in a Bottle'' is used in a commercial for the Apple iPhone 6 in which Cookie Monster waits for his cookies to finish baking. Billboard magazine reports before the commercial aired, the song sold less than a thousand copies a week. In the two weeks after the commercial debuted, ``Time in a Bottle'' sold 19,000 downloads and was streamed 1.2 million times.
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS RETURN TO THE ROAD
Toots and the Maytals are ready to tour again after frontman Toots Hibbert was sidelined with a head injury.
Hibbert was hit in the forehead with a vodka bottle thrown at a concert in Richmond, Virginia, in 2013. He went through extensive physical rehabilitation. Hibbert says it's been a difficult three years but he's happy to be back with his musical family. The tour begins June 15th in San Diego.
MOTORHEAD WILL RELEASE LIVE ALBUM OF ONE OF LEMMY'S LAST SHOWS
One of the last shows Motorhead ever played will be released on C-D and D-V-D. U-D-R Records recorded Motorhead's concerts in Munich, Germany, in November. Frontman Lemmy died in December. The live recording will be released as ``Clean Your Clock'' on May 27th.
How does Adam Levine smell? Sixteen-year-old Caroline Burns says that's what her friends back home want to know.
The tiny teen with the great big sound impressed the coaches with her first live performance of the season on ``The Voice.'' Last night, Team Adam and Team Pharrell were up, as the hopefuls sang for the first viewer votes of the season. Levine selected 19-year-old Nate Butler of New Jersey as his comeback artist. Nate had been eliminated earlier in the season. Tonight, we learn the results of the first viewer votes.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: APRIL 12, 2016
DON McLEAN - COURT DATE
Don McLean will have a court conference for his domestic violence assault case on Thursday. His lawyer, Walter McKee, says the case is not close to an end. McLean will not be in court. McLean was arrested in January, and his wife filed a handwritten request for protection. The couple later said the protection order was dismissed, then McLean's wife filed for divorce. The divorce documents filed last month cite ``adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.''
MIKE POSNER - CAREER
When ``Cooler Than Me'' became a hit, Mike Posner, figured all he had to do was make more songs and he'd be a success. He didn't realize he had beginner's luck with his first single. Posner says he was ``parading around in the world, fornicating, making more money than I probably deserved.'' He says he loved to use adjectives like ``popular'' and ``famous'' to describe himself. Then he hit a slump and his songs were flops.
Posner says it was a blessing in disguise, because he had to pick new adjectives for himself, like ``musician,'' ''artist,`` ''poet`` and ''learner.`` He says he has learned he can't take anything for granted.
LIONEL RICHIE - SONGWRITING AWARD
Lionel Richie will get the highest honour from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will be given the Johnny Mercer Award, given to a previous inductee whose body of work is considered the gold standard for songwriting. Richie will receive the award during the hall of fame's inductions on June 9th in New York. This year's inductees are Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic and Chip Taylor.
TOM JONES - WIFE DIES
Tom Jones' wife of 59 years has died. His website says Melinda Rose Woodward died Sunday morning after a ``short but fierce battle with cancer'' at a hospital in Los Angeles. Jones had cancelled most of his overseas dates in April to deal with a family illness.
ROB THOMAS - ``iZOMBIE''
When Rob Thomas asked Rob Thomas for a favour, how could he say no? Rob Thomas the singer will appear on tonight's episode of ``iZombie'' on the C-W. The show was created by writer/director Rob Thomas. Thomas the singer has some other projects to keep him busy this summer. He'll appear with Charles Kelley on ``C-M-T Crossroads'' in July. He'll also do a co-headlining tour with Counting Crows beginning July 22nd in West Palm Beach, Florida.
BUN E. CARLOS - SOLO RECORD
Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is enlisting some of his music friends to help with his solo project. Carlos will release ``Greetings from Bunezuela!'' on June 24th. Among the guest musicians are Hanson, Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and original Cheap Trick vocalist Xeno.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS - HOSTS
Ludacris and Ciara will host the Billboard Music Awards. It will be Ludacris' third time as host and Ciara's first. The Weeknd leads the nominations with 16. Canadian pop-superstar Justin Bieber has 11, and Toronto rapper Drake and Fetty Wap have ten each. The Billboard Music Awards will be shown live on A-B-C on May 22nd.
BLAKE SHELTON - LAWSUIT
Nothing is final yet. But it looks like Blake Shelton may get a jury to hear his defamation lawsuit against In Touch Weekly. A judge in Los Angeles says she is leaning toward letting the matter go in front of a jury. But U-S District Judge Christina Snyder says she expects to make a complete ruling soon.
Blake is suing the owner of the celebrity magazine for a cover story last fall, claiming he was headed for rehab to deal with a problem with booze. Shelton denies he has a drinking problem.
The competition is getting real for singers on ``The Voice.'' Last night, they performed live for the first time and it's also the first time this season viewers will get to vote.
The coaches also get to choose a comeback artist to return. That's someone who was eliminated earlier in the competition. For Team Blake it's fellow Oklahoman Justin Whisnant. Pharrell Williams says Justin did a great job considering he was at home and got a call to return to L-A Last night, Team Blake and Team Christina performed.
Tonight, it's Team Adam and Team Pharrell's turn.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
CORIN RAYMOND/JOHNATHAN BYRD
Winnipeg born singer songwriter Corin Raymond and North Carolina's Johnathan Byrd played a captivating show at the Watson Art Centre (WAC) on Friday night to a very enthusiastic crowd of live music fans. The musicianship on display Friday night was truly spectacular.
The next show at the WAC will feature the Chris Barker Band on April 22nd.
The final WACPAC show will take place at the WAC on May 27th. Be sure to use your WACPAC tickets and bring your friends for A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd with Calgary's SWAMP MUSIC.
Tickets are available from Dauphin Music & Electronics, The Dauphin Coffee Company (Dauphin Marketplace Mall) and at the WAC (Noon - 5pm weekdays). Charge by phone at 204.638.6231.
MERLE HAGGARD - FUNERAL
Kris Kristofferson was singing Merle Haggard's song ``Sing Me Back Home'' at Haggard's funeral when the wind blew his lyric sheet away. Marty Stuart joked that Haggard did that on purpose. The Bakersfield Californian reports Haggard was laid to rest on Saturday at his ranch in Palo Cedro, California, in a private ceremony. Stuart acted as officiant. Along with Stuart and Kristofferson, other performers included Stuart's wife, Connie Smith, Haggard's three sons and Willie Nelson's son, Micah. The surviving original members of Haggard's band, The Strangers, also were there. Haggard died last week at the age of 79.
AXL ROSE - DAVE GROHL'S THRONE
Axl Rose is sitting on Dave Grohl's throne. Rose broke a bone in his left foot last week, and while he doesn't say specifically how he did it, he did tweet, ``This is what can happen when you do something you haven't done in nearly over 23 years.''
Guns N' Roses played Las Vegas over the weekend and Rose used the stage throne Grohl had built when he broke his foot last year. The tweet was accompanied by a video of his doctor explaining Rose had plates and screws put into his foot. She says he will be in a cast and will have to keep weight off his foot for four weeks.
KANYE WEST - UNUSUAL NUMBER ONE
An album that sold only 28-thousand copies in its first week has hit number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
It's Kanye West's new one, ``The Life of Pablo.'' It has to do with the way Billboard figures out album sales in the digital age.
Billboard counts 15-hundred streams as one album sale, for what it calls a ``streaming equivalent album,'' or SEA. ``The Life of Pablo'' had more than 99-million streams in the U-S last week, which translates to about 66-thousand SEAs. Billboard adds that to the 28-thousand in sales to get 94-thousand, enough to put ``The Life of Pablo'' at the top. It's the first number one album where the majority of its units were SEAs. By comparison, the number-two album this week, Chris Stapleton's ``Traveller,'' sold 59-thousand copies and had 14-thousand SEAs, for a total of 73-thousand units.
PATSY CLINE - MUSEUM
The owner of the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville has announced plans to open a Patsy Cline museum upstairs. The Nashville Tennessean reports Bill Miller plans to start construction on the Patsy Cline Museum in June. It will be four-thousand square feet and it will house Cline's costumes, personal possessions, awards, letters and other memorabilia. It will also have interactive exhibits. Cline's family is helping with the project.
JOSH KAUFMAN - ``THE VOICE'' - INDY 500
``The Voice'' season six winner Josh Kaufman will sing ``Back Home Again In Indiana'' before the start of the Indianapolis 500 next month. Kaufman is an Indianapolis resident.
Jim Nabors sang the song 35 times before the race between 1972 and 2014. The a cappella group Straight No Chaser did the honours last year.
VINCE NEIL - CHARGED
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is accused of assaulting a woman, and Nicolas Cage pulled him off her. Celebrity website T-M-Z-dot-com posted witness cellphone video showing Cage physically restraining Neil before police arrived Thursday evening in Las Vegas. Neil is accused of grabbing a woman's hair from behind and pulling her to the ground. Police have charged Neil with misdemeanour battery. Police confirm Cage was at the scene of the crime but not charged. Neil's attorney, David Chesnoff, says he's investigating the allegation and the public should not prejudge the situation. Neil is due in court June 17th.
STEVE MILLER - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Steve Miller performed at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and then promptly started ripping the Rock Hall.
Miller went backstage after Friday's induction and said the Rock Hall event was a ``lazy kind of night with a bunch of fat cats at the dinner table.'' He says it's time for the Rock Hall to turn things over to new people because ``people that are running it at the top have no concept of how to run a concert or how to run an award ceremony or how to take care of artists.'' Miller says he's been saying this for 30 years but he accepted his induction because it means something to the fans. The Rock Hall has issued a statement saying rock and roll ``can ignite many opinions'' and it's honoured to have inducted Miller.
N.W.A - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Ice Cube says N-W-A has every right to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He said at their induction on Friday, ``Rock and roll is not conforming to the people who came before you but creating your own path in music and in life.'' M-C Ren said, ``I want to say to Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever.'' Simmons had said he looks forward to the death of rap. Kendrick Lamar inducted N-W-A and he says they proved ``to every kid in the ghetto that you could be successful and still have your voice while doing it.''
DEEP PURPLE - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Drummer Ian Paice says they never tried to block guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Paice says Blackmore was invited and it was his right to decline. The members of Deep Purple had nice things to say about Blackmore in their speeches and they played Blackmore's signature song, ``Smoke on the Water.'' Lars Ulrich of Metallica inducted Deep Purple at Friday's ceremony and said, ``They should have been here a long time ago. They are now here where they belong.''
ROB THOMAS - CHICAGO - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 says the band Chicago has had more of an impact on music than a lot of people think.
Thomas inducted Chicago into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday. He says the Matchbox 20 song ``If You're Gone'' blatantly rips off the Chicago horn sound. He says, ``If you think Chicago was your mom's band, man I want to party with your mom.'' When former Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine was told to wrap up his acceptance speech, he said he'd been waiting 25 years for this and everyone could buzz off, only he said it a lot more profanely.
CHEAP TRICK - ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Singer Robin Zander of Cheap Trick says their induction into the Rock Hall was such a surprise. He says they've never won anything before, although he deadpans, ``There was a few albums, 40 gold and platinum records. That's the only thing.'' Kid Rock inducted them and he pointed out that most bands present at the ceremony probably thought they were pretty good live acts. He says, ``Then you go and see Cheap Trick. That's when you think, we kind of suck. I better step up my game.''
CHEAP TRICK - ROCKFORD RENAMED TO TRICKFORD
The mayor of Rockford, Illinois, is so proud of Cheap Trick's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that he's renamed the city. Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey issued a proclamation declaring Rockford ``officially unofficially'' renamed Trickford as of Friday and lasting forever. Visitors to the city can walk the Cheap Trick Fan Trail, which takes them past the high schools the band members went to, the bars they played and the gift shop formerly owned by the parents of guitarist Rick Nielsen.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - LBGT RIGHTS
Steven Van Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band considered making a statement from the stage in Greensboro, North Carolina, but they decided they had to hurt the state economically. Springsteen cancelled last night's concert because of North Carolina's new law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex and banning state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination. Supporters of the law say it prevents male predators from entering women's bathrooms.
Van Zandt says laws like that are ``spreading like an evil virus around the country.'' Ticket holders for the Greensboro concert will get refunds.
BRYAN ADAMS - LBGT RIGHTS
Bryan Adams is cancelling a performance Thursday in Mississippi. He's protesting the state's new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. In a statement, Adams says he can't ``in good conscience'' perform in a state where ``certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.''
The move comes after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cancelled a show last night in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the state's new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the L-G-B-T community.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' - RATINGS
If recent seasons of ``American Idol'' had gotten the kinds of ratings the series finale did, who knows _ Fox might not have pulled the plug on it. The final airing of the singing competition drew an estimated audience of 13.3-million people. At its peak in 2006, the show averaged 30-million viewers _ and it was T-V's top rated show for nine straight seasons. The finale bested the 11.1-million average the show pulled in this season _ regularly putting it among the top 20 shows on the Nielsen weekly ratings.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
DOUBLE BILL AT THE WAC IN DAUPHIN TONIGHT!
Celebrated Winnipeg born Ontario based singer songwriter Corin Raymond is on tour supporting his new album, "Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams".
Also on the bill is North Carolina's Johnathan Byrd. He is best known for his narrative tales of love, life, and death in America.
Tickets are still available at Dauphin Music & Electronics, The Dauphin Coffee Company and at the WAC. Charge by phone at 204.638.6231.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 pm.
BRETT KISSEL HOMETOWN SHOW
Brett Kissel Hometown Homecoming’ Concert Sells out in twelve hours
Who says you can’t go home? When Canadian kid Brett Kissel announced a concert under the stars in the old ballpark in his hometown of St. Paul, Alberta this June 18th, the expectations were that the show would be a hit. Well, one day into ticket sales the show is not only a hit… it’s a sell-out.
Retailers’ doors were lined up hours before the 10:00am launch time and fans were logged onto the official event website – www.brettkisselhometown.com – eagerly awaiting their chance to take in the go-to event of the summer.
Twelve hours. 2000 tickets. Sell-out.
The Lakeland is ready to rock…and so is the Juno Award winning country star.
Kissel, who wrote these words on his Facebook page while on tour in Quebec City:
‘Wow is all I can say. I can’t even describe how grateful I am, and how excited I’m feeling for this show. To have this event sell-out in under a day is so special to me. I’m almost speechless. From the fans that have bought tickets, to all of the sponsors – without whom none of this is possible – and everyone who has reached out to us expressing their excitement…all I can say is thank-you.’
For event co-producer Keynon Ternovoy and his team, the response is almost overwhelming: ‘'It's special and even a little bit astonishing, really. To see an idea turn into such an exciting reality and to have such a tremendous response is amazing. The support from each and every one of our sponsors has been incredible and there's such a buzz building around the event - it's beyond what we could've ever imagined.'
HOW DID ``AMERICAN IDOL'' GET PHILLIP PHILLIPS BACK?
Phillip Phillips was not supposed to appear on last night's finale of ``American Idol,'' but producer Nigel Lythgoe wasn't having that. Phillips has been involved in a legal fight over his contract with 19 Entertainment, which produces ``Idol.'' Lythgoe returned to produce the finale as an independent contractor. He tells Billboard magazine he asked 19 Entertainment for Phillips'phone number and they wouldn't give it to him. He says it was ``just getting silly,'' so he sought out Phillips' attorney. Lythgoe says Phillips' people were ``very good about it'' and Phillips was happy to return. Phillips performed in a David Bowie tribute, along with former Idol winners Lee Dewyze, David Cook, Nick Fradiani and Kris Allen.
ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS: WHO'S GOING, WHO'S SKIPPING
Bun E. Carlos will return to the drum kit for Cheap Trick's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in New York tonight. Carlos has been involved in legal issues with the band and has not performed with them for six years. Daxx Nielsen, son of guitarist Rick Nielsen, has been drumming with the band lately and jokes he feels like a girlfriend on a night the ex-wife is coming over. Deep Purple fans looking for guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to play with the band again will be disappointed. Blackmore isn't attending the induction. Neither is singer Peter Cetera. He had been in talks to sing with Chicago at their induction but has announced he will not go. Steve Miller and the surviving members of N.W.A are expected to attend for their inductions.
SON: MERLE HAGGARD KNEW WHEN HE WOULD DIE
Merle Haggard's son says his father predicted he would die on his birthday. Ben Haggard, who also played guitar in his father's band, writes on Facebook his father told the family a week ago he would die on his 79th birthday, and he did. Meanwhile, Merle Haggard's manager, Frank Mull, says the family is planning a funeral for tomorrow at the Haggard home in Palo Cedro, California.
Mull says Merle Haggard died of pneumonia that he had been battling for months, but his publicist, Tresa Redburn, says no official cause of death has been determined.
LADY GAGA - BIDEN
Vice-President Joe Biden is singing Lady Gaga's praises. Biden says the superstar singer is among the bravest survivors he knows, for raising awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. Lady Gaga and Biden appeared at a rally in Las Vegas yesterday before hundreds of college students and community members. It was part of the White House's ``It's On Us'' campaign.
The effort urges people to support sexual assault victims and to intervene. Lady Gaga has talked openly about being sexually assaulted when she was 19. Lady Gaga performed ``Til It Happens to You,'' next to a large American flag.
LADY GAGA'S PIANO AMONG ITEMS FOR SALE IN MUSIC AUCTION
The piano upon which Lady Gaga wrote her first song as a 5-year-old is for sale. Julien's Auctions estimates the piano will sell for between $100,000 and $200,000 at auction in New York on May 21. Lady Gaga's grandparents bought it for $780 in 1966 and later gave it to her parents. The song she wrote, by the way, was called ``Dollar Bills,'' which was inspired by Pink Floyd's ``Money.'' Other items for sale include David Bowie's first fan letter from America, a letter Kurt Cobain wrote to David Geffen about ending Nirvana and a guitar Elvis Presley's father made for him in 1969.
THE LUMINEERS REVEAL WHAT THEY ALWAYS TAKE ON TOUR
In this age of digital communication, it may seem kind of quaint what cellist Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers always brings with her on tour: stationery. She says she likes to send handwritten letters and it seems like a silly thing to pack, but she likes to keep in touch. Singer Wesley Schultz always wears his Timberland boots and if he doesn't have them, he won't play. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites brings his signature hat and suspenders on the road. He says that's his way of going from a civilian to a character in the band. Schultz jokes they have backups for Fraites because it's like his superhero outfit. The Lumineers are releasing a new album today called ``Cleopatra.''
BOB DYLAN, PAUL SIMON PLAN ALBUMS
Two music icons will each be releasing albums in the coming months: Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Dylan will release his 37th studio album, ``Fallen Angels,'' on May 20. As he did on his last album, ``Shadows in the Night,'' Dylan will put his spin on pop standards, such as ``It Had To Be You,'' ''That Old Black Magic`` and ''All or Nothing At All.`` Paul Simon will release his 13th solo album, ''Stranger to Stranger,`` on June 3. Simon's album was partly inspired by Harry Partch, a composer who created his own instruments with microtonal tunings. Simon recorded some of the album at Montclair State University in New Jersey to access Partch's instruments like the Chromelodeon and Cloud-Chamber Bowls.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' FINALE
Everyone likely knows his name now. But the question for Trent Harmon is the same for many others who came before the 15th and final ``American Idol'' winner: will anyone remember his name years from now. Harmon was crowned last night as Fox brought down the curtain on a show that was once a ratings behemoth _ but suffered a heavy hemorrhage of viewers in recent years. Harmon beat out La'Porsha Renae, who, like Harmon, hails from Mississippi.
AMERICAN IDOL - THE FINALE
From beginning to end, the ``American Idol'' series finale was aimed at reminding viewers about the many names, faces and voices who passed before the nation's eyes the past 15 seasons. It began with a chorus of Idol singers, including Scotty McCreery, Taylor Hicks and Diana DeGarmo. Other, bigger, names _ like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks and Kimberley Locke performed in other parts of the show. Keith Urban joined Underwood for a duet and Jennifer Lopez performed her new single. The first Idol champ, Kelly Clarkson, appeared via video, since she's expecting her second child. There was a montage of audition clips featuring the original judges and a brief onstage appearance by Simon Cowell, who said he felt ``quite emotional.'' There was even an appearance from someone who was around at the beginning of Idol history _ but not after the first season. Brian Dunkleman _ who co-hosted the first season with Ryan Seacrest _ also got a turn in the spotlight on the Idol finale.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' - BARACK OBAMA
It closed with the crowning of Trent Harmon as the final ``American Idol'' champion ever. But last night's series finale of the series opened with a cameo from President Barack Obama. In his remarks, Obama congratulated the show on its 15-year run. He noted that over the years, the show motivated millions of young people to vote for contestants. He urged Americans to imitate that same eagerness when it comes to voting for political candidates. The president said while not everyone can sing like the first ``Idol'' winner, Kelly Clarkson, everyone should make their political voices heard at the polls.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016
MERLE HAGGARD DIES
The pneumonia Merle Haggard had been fighting for months finally caught up with him. His manager says Haggard died in Palo Cedro, California, yesterday on his 79th birthday. Haggard had been dealing with pneumonia since last year and had tried to maintain a tour schedule but his doctors kept insisting he rest. As a young man, he served three years in San Quentin Prison for burglary and was inspired to sing after Johnny Cash performed there.
Haggard had dozens of hits, including ``Okie from Muskogee,'' ''Mama Tried,`` ''Sing Me Back Home`` and ''Workin' Man Blues.`` Haggard told the AP in 1990 when he quits doing tours, ''the next big event is the funeral.``
MERLE HAGGARD REMEMBERED
Dierks Bentley says he literally fell to the floor upon hearing of Merle Haggard's death. Dolly Parton says she loved Haggard like a brother and ``his heart was as tender as his love ballads.'' Willie Nelson refers to Haggard as ``my brother, my friend.'' Tanya Tucker says she has fond memories of performing with Haggard and of eating bologna sandwiches in his backyard.
Hillary Scott calls Haggard ``a cornerstone of country music.''
Jason Aldean says he's sad to hear of the passing of ``one of the greatest of all time.'' Trisha Yearwood calls Haggard ``the definition of legend.'' Luke Bryan thanks Haggard for his ``contribution to not only country music but all music.'' Jake Owen says no wonder it was raining yesterday because even God was crying for Haggard.
JUDGE NIXES KESHA'S CLAIMS AGAINST DR. LUKE
Music producer Dr. Luke has scored a victory in his legal fight with Kesha. A judge in Manhattan has thrown out Kesha's claims that the alleged abuse she suffered at Dr.
Luke's hands qualified as hate crimes or human rights crimes. The judge also says Kesha's claim that Dr. Luke raped and abused her a decade ago can't go forward because the alleged incidents happened outside New York and beyond the legal time limit. Kesha's claim regarding contract issues can proceed.
GREGG ALLMAN TOUR BUS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT
Three crew members for Gregg Allman's tour have been injured in a bus accident. Spokesman Ken Weinstein says the crew members were treated for minor injuries at a hospital after the accident on Interstate 77 near Goldtown, West Virginia. He says Allman was not on the bus. Local authorities have no immediate information on the accident. Media outlets report the bus was going southbound and went into the northbound lanes, then went through a guardrail and over an embankment before stopping against a tree next to a creek.
DAVID GILMOUR DOES WHAT HE LIKES WITH GUITAR SOLOS
David Gilmour has played his solos so many times he doesn't even think about them. Gilmour says he'll tinker with the solos if he's feeling especially brave. Fans who have listened to Pink Floyd records so much that they have the solos memorized sometimes don't like that, but Gilmour doesn't care. He says he's earned the right to do them his way and anyone who doesn't like it can write him and complain. Gilmour is currently on tour to promote his ``Rattle That Lock'' album.
JANET JACKSON TOUR OFF, ``PLANNING OUR FAMILY'' IS ON
Janet Jackson is calling off her tour on doctor's orders and says she's starting a family, but is she pregnant?
Jackson will turn 50 in May. She posted a video saying she and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, are ``planning our family'' and she's been ordered to rest. She says because of a ``sudden change,'' the second leg of her ``Unbreakable'' tour will not kick off May 14 in Las Vegas after all. The first leg of the tour was hit with delays.
Jackson had vocal problems, then she announce in December the tour would not begin in January as planned because she had an unspecified surgical procedure. She denied rumours that she had cancer.
PATRICK CARNEY THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT INDIANS-RED SOX GAME
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney had considered throwing an Eephus pitch when he threw out the first pitch for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, but he figured the internet would destroy him. Carney says he thought about throwing a slow high arc but he thought no one would get the joke. He says with social media, ``You just do one thing and people want to light you up about it.''
Carney has only recently been able to throw a ball against after a shoulder injury last year. He says he and guitarist Dan Auerbach take their gloves with them on tour.
AMERICAN IDOL FINALE NEARS
It's the big fade to black tonight for the TV show that gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson _ not to mention William Hung, that ``pants on the ground guy'' and a lot of other people who couldn't carry a tune if it had a handle attached. ``American Idol'' ends its 15-season run with tonight's finale on Fox. One final ``Idol'' will be crowned.
Whether it will turn out to be a household name _ or a name known only their household _ remains to be seen. Producer Nigel Lythgoe says tonight's finale will try to strike a balance between crowing a final champ _ and paying homage to a show that was once the ultimate in must-see TV before suffering a ratings hemorrhage that led to go off the air.
``AMERICAN IDOL'' - FINAL CHAMPION
The final ``American Idol'' champion will be either Trent Harmon or La'Porsha Renae. They are the only two left standing after last night's last bit of competition for the season _ and the series. They're both in their 20s and both are from Mississippi. The judges were full of praise for both after they performed last night. But if either has a slight edge, Jennifer Lopez would give to La'Porsha. Before the crowning, tonight's show will feature a series of appearances from previous Idol winners _ as well as those who made names for themselves without winning the title.
AMERICAN IDOL - SIMON COWELL
For a guy who often looked like he'd rather be anywhere else, Simon Cowell says he sees his time as judge on ``American Idol'' as ``the best time'' of his life. In the early days of the show, Cowell drew audiences to Fox with his often-biting criticism of unworthy contestants. He also drew the ire of many who felt his critiques were mean-spirited and over the top. He says while he looks back with fondness over his Idol years, he isn't sentimental about the show ending its 15-season run. As Cowell put it: ``We had a great time - everyone on it. Now it's time for something new, I guess.''
(The Associated Press)
Merle Haggard has died at 79
Country music legend Merle Haggard has died after battling double pneumonia ... according to his manager.
Haggard was diagnosed with pneumonia last year and spent 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage early this year. He died at home near Redding, CA on Wednesday morning.
He'd been battling back from the illness and even scheduled a string of concert dates with his pal Willie Nelson. They released an album, "Django and Jimmie" last year.
But last week Haggard canceled his shows for the month of April due to his continuing efforts to recover. His manager tells us Merle was weary from battling pneumonia for so long ... and had even predicted to friends he would die on his birthday.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
Merle turned 79 today.
MUSIC NEWS: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
THE WATSON ART CENTRE PRESENTS A DOUBLE BILL THIS FRIDAY WITH MANITOBA BORN CORIN RAYMOND AND NORTH CAROLINA'S JOHNATHAN BYRD
RAYMOND AND BYRD ARE BOTH EXCELLENT SINGER SONGWRITERS AND STORY TELLERS.
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FORMER STE. ROSE DU LAC AREA ARTIST DANIEL PELOQUIN-HOPFNER WITH RED MOON ROAD RELEASE VINYL AND HIT THE ROAD AGAIN
Whether it’s the undeniable musical warmth, or the hands-on aspect, there's something about vinyl records and Maritime Canada that keeps you rooted in tradition, yet present in the living moment. Manitoba folk trio, Red Moon Road, is releasing a special vinyl edition of their sophomore album, “Sorrows & Glories” in Winnipeg April 15, along with a video for the single, “I’ll Bend But I Won’t Break,” and embarking on an East Coast Tour in April.
Sorrows & Glories is receiving significant international airplay and has garnered national charting on the earshot Folk/Roots/Blues charts, and on the Stingray Canada Folk Roots Blues chart. The band is following up on the success of Sorrows & Glories with a special vinyl edition of the album. A vinyl release party is planned on Friday, April 15 at The Goodwill in Winnipeg. The band is also working with the award winning Proctor Brothers video production team (http://www.procterbrosindustries.com/) on a video for their single, “I’ll Bend but I Won’t Break,” to accompany the vinyl release.
An old medium for a new generation of music, presenting a fresh and lively take on modern roots in a time-honoured format, the songs and the large format art on the sleeve reflect the sweeping arc of the band’s signature storytelling.
And what better place to travel than the geographic incarnation of these virtues: Canada's enchanting East Coast. Veterans of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, the Maritime Home Routes Concert Series and PEI's Festival of Small Halls, Red Moon Road returns to Eastern Canada this April.for a tour the includes stops in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. The dates are below:
RED MOON ROAD 2016 SPRING TOUR DATES:
April 14 Thursday @ The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
April 15 Friday @ The Goodwill, Winnipeg, SK
April 21 Thursday @ The Mack, Charlottetown, PEI
April 22 Friday @ Riverview Arts Centre, Riverview, NB
April 23 Saturday @ Evergreen Theatre, Annapolis Royal, NS
April 24 Sunday@ The Carleton, Halifax, NS
July 10 Sunday @ Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
TOM DELONGE - ``CHASING SHADOWS''
Tom DeLonge of Angels and Airwaves wants to tell you the truth about U-F-Os without spelling it all out for you. He's co-written a novel called ``Chasing Shadows'' with bestselling author A-J Hartley. DeLonge says he's met with members of the military and science communities that he cannot name to present information that has never been told before. He's hoping people will be curious after reading the book to go learn about the nonfiction elements and realize he's correct. Sounds like a kook, right?
DeLonge knows that and even wrote that aspect into the book. He says if he had offered a straight presentation of big topics involving cosmology and national security, people would not be able to handle it. ``Chasing Shadows'' is out this week. An Angels and Airwaves E-P of the same name is also out now.
SOCCER FANS - OUTRAGED
A British soccer team swears everything was done by the book in a uniform design contest in which the winner just happens to be Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.
Tomlinson and his grandfather designed a black-and-grey shirt as the away jersey for the Doncaster Rovers. The design got more than 33 per cent of the votes. Tomlinson once played for the team in a charity game. Fans took to social media to complain the contest was fixed. A Doncaster Rovers spokesperson says the team is aware the competition results have ``attracted some mixed feedback,'' but the voting process was ``fair and above board.''
OBIT - DION AND THE BELMONTS SINGER
Dion DiMucci confirms the death of fellow singer Carlo Mastrangelo of Dion and the Belmonts. DiMucci writes on his Facebook page Mastrangelo died Monday but he did not give details.
DiMucci says Mastrangelo sang the opening to ``I Wonder Why'' that was ``as unique to doo-wop as Chuck Berry's guitar opening to 'Johnny B. Goode' was to rock 'n' roll.''
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - NEW SINGER SEARCH
Stone Temple Pilots plan to hold a second round of auditions to fill their lead singer spot. The band had welcomed audition tapes from the general public and narrowed their choices. They write on their website S-T-P will hold a second round of auditions beginning April 18th. They don't say who they are considering or how many singers are in the running, only that they are ``very talented individuals.'' The band had worked with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, but he could not balance the workload of two bands. Original singer Scott Weiland died in December.
TAYLOR SWIFT - AWARD
The first winner of B-M-I's Taylor Swift Award is Taylor Swift. The performing rights organization will present the trophy to Swift at the B-M-I Pop Awards on May 10th in Beverly Hills, California. BMI has done this kind of thing before. In 1990, it presented the Michael Jackson Award to Michael Jackson. The B-M-I Pop Awards recognize songwriters and publishers of the past year.
This year's event also will honour songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for their contributions to music.
DRAKE - COLLABORATION
Toronto rapper Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West have united for a song. Drake has released a track called ``Pop Style''
that features Jay Z and West credited as ``The Throne.'' Drake released a second song called ``One Dance'' featuring Wizkid and Kyla. Both songs are now on iTunes.
(The Associated Press)
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016
Guitarist Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stone could release an album as soon as this year. Wood says they have been in the studio to record new material. He also says they did 11 blues songs in two days. The last Stones studio album was ``A Bigger Bang'' in 2005.
ROLLING STONES - EXHIBIT
If you listen very carefully to the end of ``Gimme Shelter'' by The Rolling Stones, you can hear the neck falling off Keith Richards' guitar. That Maton guitar is part of a six-thousand-square-metre exhibit about the Stones running in London called ``Exhibitionism.'' The first room is a life-size recreation of the apartment the band members shared in 1962-63, with authentic details down to the smell. One room of the exhibit is dedicated to the lips-and-tongue logo. Another showcases the dress Mick Jagger wore to the 1969 Hyde Park concert and the feather cape he wore when recording ``Sympathy for the Devil.'' ''Exhibitionism`` runs in London through September 4th, then it goes on international tour.
JEFF BECK - BOOK
Jeff Beck is telling the story of his life with tales of rock and roll and cars. Beck is working on his first book, called ``Beck01.'' It's the story of the music he likes to play and the hot rods he likes to build. A collector's edition will feature a stamped metal front with a reproduction of a California license plate from the year Beck was born. Details on the book can be found at JeffBeckBook-dot-com. Beck will also release a new album July 15th and tour this summer with Buddy Guy.
DR. LUKE - KESHA
Music producer Dr. Luke is lashing out at Kesha's claim that she was offered a release from her contract with him if she recanted her rape allegations. A Dr. Luke spokesperson tells Rolling Stone Kesha has always been free to record and she has not presented facts to support her claim that Dr.
Luke raped her a decade ago. The statement says Kesha is not free to lie about Dr. Luke ``through publicity stunts and outrageous smears.'' Kesha wrote on Instagram over the weekend she refused the deal.
P-FUNK - BERNIE WORRELL
Nona Hendryx was determined to make sure Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell did not work himself to death. Worrell learned just a few months ago he has stage four lung cancer. Hendryx organized a ``funkraiser'' last night in New York to help with Worrell's medical bills. Among those who turned out include Hendryx, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Paul Shaffer, Living Colour, Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep. Worrell says he's a humble person who just tries to make people happy. He says the fundraiser is ``an outpouring of love.'' The Rolling Stones and Santana have contributed memorabilia to be sold for Worrell's benefit. You can see those items and others at SweetRelief-dot-com.
A new single by Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest will be released today to raise money for charity. The song ``Nutshell'' will debut today on Beats 1 Radio and then be available on iTunes. Phife Dawg had been working on an album called ``Give Thanks'' when he died last month. His family will donate 50 per cent of the proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.
Keith Emerson's longtime girlfriend says he has been laid to rest. Mari Kawaguchi writes on Emerson's Facebook page guitarist Dave Kilminster from the Keith Emerson Band performed a song called ``Save Me'' at Emerson's funeral. Kilminster posted a photo of a country church graveyard on his Facebook page and says the funeral was private. Emerson was found dead March 11th of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
It's too tough for G-Eazy to do laundry when he's on tour. That's why he asks for socks and boxers in his tour rider.
That way he can just wear them and throw them out. His beverage requests are all over the map. G-Eazy says he requests a lot of water because he'll drink a dozen bottles in a day. He requests a lot of whiskey, which he says always seems to get drunk. He also asks for Pedialyte, which he calls ``an insider tip.'' He says it's full of electrolytes and makes an exceptional hangover cure.
SEAN ``DIDDY'' COMBS - SIGNS CHRISTIAN ``KING'' COMBS
Sean ``Diddy'' Combs didn't have to look any further than his own living room for the latest artist signed to Bad Boy Entertainment. It's his 18-year-old son, Christian. He's a rapper and songwriter who goes by ``King'' Combs. The younger Combs wrote on Instagram that signing to Bad Boy was the greatest day of his life and the day a dream came true. A release date for his music was not given.
ELTON JOHN - ``NASHVILLE''
Elton John will play himself on an upcoming episode of ``Nashville.'' The Hollywood Reporter reports John will perform with Gunnar, played by Sam Palladio. The episode will air May 18th.
Blake Shelton gets the last steal on ``The Voice'' as the Knockout Rounds wrapped up on last night's show.
Shelton used the final steal to pick up Joe Maye, a singing waiter from Baltimore. He had been dropped by Team Xtina. Shelton says Joe had made so much progress he couldn't let him go home. Tonight's show is a recap; live shows start next week.
(The Associated Press)