NEIL DIAMOND HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE
NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Diamond is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. He’s on his 50th anniversary tour and was due to make those two stops in March. But he says he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offers his “sincerest apologies” to those who planned to attend and says he’s still going to write, record and work on other projects “for a long time to come.” Diamond’s numerous hits include “Sweet Caroline,” ″America,” ″Love on the Rocks” and “Hello Again.” Diamond turns 77 tomorrow will get the lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s Grammy awards.
011-w-37-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with Neil Diamond music)--A veteran pop star is taking himself off the road. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story. ((Wrap opens with music)) (23 Jan 2018)
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012-w-35-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with Neil Diamond music)--A longtime pop singer’s health issues are forcing him off the road. AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel has the story. ((Wrap opens with music)) (23 Jan 2018)
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KID ROCK DONATES “SENATE” CAMPAIGN MONEY TO VOTER REGISTRATION
DETROIT (AP) — The money Kid Rock raised from merchandise that teased a run for U.S. Senate that never happened has been donated to a voter registration organization. Rock’s publicist, Jay Jones, tells The Detroit News that about $122,000 was donated to CRNC Action, an affiliate of the College Republican National Committee that did voter registration at Rock’s concerts last summer. The money came from sales of shirts, hats, bumper stickers and yard signs that said “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate.” CRNC Action confirms the donation was made in December.
ZAKK WYLDE AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY RELEASE “GRIMMEST HITS”
CHICAGO (AP) — Zakk Wylde says the reason he called the new Black Label Society album “Grimmest Hits” is because “Greatest Hits” would be woefully inappropriate. He says anyone who listens to it will say, “I don’t hear any hit songs,” because Black Label Society doesn’t have any hits. He jokes the reason “Room of Nightmares” is getting radio play is because of payola. Still, he’s as excited about “Grimmest Hits” as he was when he first recorded with Ozzy Osbourne. He says he feels like an athlete starting a new season full of promise. “Grimmest Hits” is out now.
021-a-15-(Zakk Wylde, musician with Black Label Society, in AP interview)-“that makes sense”-Musician Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society says their “Grimmest Hits” album is exactly that. (23 Jan 2018)
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022-a-07-(Zakk Wylde, musician with Black Label Society, in AP interview)-“vacations and prostitutes”-Musician Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society jokes the song “Room of Nightmares” is getting radio play because he’s paying people off. (23 Jan 2018)
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023-a-18-(Zakk Wylde, musician with Black Label Society, in AP interview)-“when you can”-Musician Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society jokes the “Room of Nightmares” video, which shows a boy’s birthday party gone wrong, is not made up. (23 Jan 2018)
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024-a-11-(Zakk Wylde, musician with Black Label Society, in AP interview)-“whole new season”-Musician Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society says every album is the best one he’s made because it’s always a fresh start. (23 Jan 2018)
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MILLI VANILLI’S FAB MORVAN SAYS THEY OFFERED TO GIVE BACK GRAMMY
NEW YORK (AP) — Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli says one of the misconceptions about the group was that the Recording Academy wanted them to give back their best new artist Grammy. Morvan says Milli Vanilli were the first to say, “We want to give it back.” Milli Vanilli won the honor in 1990, but controversy ensued when it was discovered they did not sing on their “Girl You Know It’s True” album. Morvan says they still worked hard and points out they did a 107-city tour in eight months. Morvan says they were an easy target and winning the award hurt them.
IF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN....
NEW YORK (AP) — Members of Arrested Development say they wish they could have had more time to make their second album. Frontman Speech says once they proved themselves with their debut album, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the life Of...,” their record label thought of them more as a commodity. Speech says he wishes he could have taken more time on their second album, and not just because it did not sell as well. He says he wanted more time because “that’s what the art deserves.”
KRISTIAN BUSH STARTS PODCAST
NASHVILLE (AP) — Kristian Bush of Sugarland has launched a podcast in which he asks his guests to discuss passions that have nothing to do with their jobs. The podcast is called “Geeking Out” and his first guest is Granger Smith. Smith discusses his latest interest: beekeeping. Other guests include actress Rita Wilson and Callie Khouri, the creator of the TV show “Nashville.”
BELLAMY BROTHERS GET REALITY SHOW
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Bellamy Brothers are getting a reality show. “Honky Tonk Ranch” will follow David and Howard Bellamy as they carry on their music career and manage their family ranch in south Florida. It premieres April 8 on The Cowboy Channel, formerly FamilyNet.
INDY 500 ANNOUNCES SNAKE PIT LINEUP
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Deadmau5 (ded mows) and Diplo will get racing fans revved up at the Indianapolis 500. They will be the performers at the Indy 500 Snake Pit, along with Griz and Axwell and Ingrosso. The concert and the race are set for May 27 in Indianapolis.
by Margie Szaroleta