TWO SURVIVORS OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS DENIED TESTIMONY IN TENNESSEE
NASHVILLE (AP) — Jason Aldean’s road manager and another survivor of the Las Vegas concert shooting in October have been denied permission to testify about bump stocks before a Tennessee legislative panel. The committee declined to let Chris Stephens and Kari Kuefler testify. Republican lawmakers delayed action on the legislation, saying they want to see whether federal authorities will ban bump stocks. Tennessee house subcommittee chairman Republican Representative Mike Carter says he does not recall allowing testimony on bills not being discussed. He says the two can testify when the bill is next considered. Democratic Representative Bill Beck says others have testified in a similar way. The Las Vegas shooter used a bump stock that allowed a semi-automatic weapon to mimic the speed of a fully automatic one.
CRANBERRIES ANNOUNCE NEW MUSIC FEATURE THE LATE DOLORES O’RIORDAN
UNDATED (AP) — The surviving members of The Cranberries plan to put out the album they were working on before Dolores O’Riordan’s unexpected death earlier this year. The band has issued a statement saying O’Riordan had already completed the vocals for the album. They hope to finish it by next year. They say they had been working on a 25th anniversary edition of their debut album, “Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can’t We.” They put it on hold when O’Riordan died but decided to finish what they had started. That will come out later this year.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT FINALLY RELEASES HIS ALBUM
NEW YORK (AP) — Jussie Smollett of the TV show “Empire” got tired of Columbia Records delaying the release of his debut album, so he released it himself. Smollett says he asked Fox to get him out of the contract with Columbia after taking a meeting in “a room full of old straight white men” who picked apart his music. Smollett has released the album, “Sum of My Music,” on his own independent label, “Music of Sound.” He says his music career is “a marathon, not a sprint.” Smollett says he announced his album’s release twice and felt like a fool with fans when it didn’t come out.
MICHAEL BOLTON: PHOTOS YES, VIDEO NO
LONDON (AP) — Michael Bolton is fine with fans whipping out their phones during his concerts — as long as they’re taking still photos. Bolton says he’d rather fans not take video, and he will say so before his shows. Bolton says it’s because he works hard to create the right sound and lighting and it looks terrible on a cell phone video. He rather likes the photos, though. He finds it entertaining when fans take pictures of him from crazy angles or put themselves in the shot with him in the background.
013-a-15-(Michael Bolton, musician, in AP interview)-“out to be”-Musician Michael Bolton says he has specific rules about cameras at his concerts. (8 Mar 2018)
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014-a-17-(Michael Bolton, musician, in AP interview)-“maintain the quality”-Musician Michael Bolton says it’s not that he wants to make money off his own DVDs as much as he doesn’t want fans watching him on a lousy cell phone recording. (8 Mar 2018)
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015-a-12-(Michael Bolton, musician, in AP interview)-“pride in that”-Musician Michael Bolton says he’d prefer that fans not take home movies of his concerts because he’d rather they get a quality product from him. (8 Mar 2018)
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016-a-20-(Michael Bolton, musician, in AP interview)-“engage your audience”-Musician Michael Bolton says he loves fans taking still photos of him. ((note length of cut)) (8 Mar 2018)
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ACMs ANNOUNCE FIRST SLATE OF PERFORMERS
NASHVILLE (AP) — Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert are among the first acts announced to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and Dierks (DURKS) Bentley also will perform. Florida Georgia Line will team with pop singer Bebe Rexha for a rendition of their crossover hit “Meant to Be.” Reba McEntire will host. The ACM Awards are April 15 in Las Vegas.
BLUES HALL OF FAME WILL WELCOME POPS STAPLES, MAMIE SMITH
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Pops Staples of the Staple Singers, singer Mamie Smith and the blues band The Aces will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Drummer Sam Lay and piano player Georgia Tom Dorsey also will be inducted. The hall of fame also inducts singles, which this year will include “I’m A Man” by Bo Diddley, “Green Onions” by Booker T. and the MGs and “See See Rider Blues” by Ma Rainey. The induction ceremony is May 9 in Memphis.
STURGILL SIMPSON WILL JOIN CAST OF “$1”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sturgill Simpson will make his acting debut on a new CBS mystery series called “$1.” The show is about how a dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in murder in a Rust Belt town. Simpson will play a recurring character named Ken Fry, a former steel worker who holds a never-ending yard sale with items stolen from people’s yards and porches. Production begins later this month in Pittsburgh. A premiere date was not announced.
by Margie Szaroleta