ROCK WORLD MOURNS RUSH DRUMMER NEIL PEART
UNDATED (AP) - It might be easier to find a rock musician who ISN’T mourning the death of Rush drummer Neil Peart (PEERT). Peter Criss of Kiss, Dave Grohl, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes, Charlie Benante (beh-NAHN’-tay) of Anthrax, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Questlove of The Roots are among those paying tribute to Peart, and those are just the drummers. Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweets, “We’ve lost a legend.” Peart died at his home in Santa Monica, California, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer. He was 67.
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TRICK DADDY ARRESTED FOR DRUGS, DUI
MIAMI (AP) - Authorities say Trick Daddy faces charges of cocaine possession and driving under the influence after they found him apparently asleep behind the wheel Saturday in Miami. The Miami Herald reports police responded to reports of a driver hitting signs and running red lights. The arrest affidavit says Trick Daddy told the officer he had about five drinks at a nightclub. The officer said Trick Daddy had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol, and the rapper failed a field sobriety test. Police say they found cocaine in a dollar bill when Trick Daddy was turning over his belongings at a police station. Trick Daddy was already wanted on a warrant for driving under the influence. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.
ARIANA GRANDE AGREES TO GRAMMY PERFORMANCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It looks like whatever dispute Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) had with the Grammys is over. Both sides confirm that Grande will perform on the Jan. 26 show. Grande and longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich had gotten into a well-publicized disagreement last year that led to Grande pulling out of the Grammys, saying her “creativity and self-expression were being stifled.” Grande has five nominations, including album of the year for “Thank U, Next” and record of the year for “7 Rings.”
WHEN KELLY CLARKSON REALIZED SHE WAS FAMOUS
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kelly Clarkson genuinely did not know she was famous until the “American Idol” finale in 2002. Clarkson says the contestants were working such long days that they were kept in a bubble. She recalls hearing how loud the audience was at the finale and figuring they were all paid extras. She and Justin Guarini (gwah-REE’-nee) peeked out from behind the curtain, only to see famous people in the audience and people holding signs with their names on them. Clarkson says she skipped the surreal part of being famous, which she likes because being famous does not mean that much to her. She says she loves that she gets paid to do what she loves.
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JIMMY FALLON WILL HOST SINGING SHOW WITH CELEBRITIES
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Fallon is turning the music segments of “The Tonight Show” into a primetime spinoff. He will host a show called “That’s My Jam” that will pit celebrities who love to sing against each other. It will include past games that he’s featured on “The Tonight Show,” like “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” as well as some new ones. The celebrities involved have not been announced. The show will premiere after the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
By Margie Szaroleta