DWIGHT YOAKAM IS MARRIED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dwight Yoakam has gotten married -- and he’s been married for weeks. His publicist says Yoakam married his longtime fiancée, Emily Joyce, in a small wedding in Santa Monica, California, in March. They waited this long to reveal the news out of respect for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They had fewer than ten guests, who stayed six feet apart. It’s Yoakam’s first marriage, at the age of 63.
121794-w-266:16-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH'-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-"I'm Margie Szaroleta"-Dwight Yoakam marries fiancée Emily Joyce in small wedding (4 May 2020)
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MUSICIANS WRITE SONGS TO DEAL WITH CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
NEW YORK (AP) - Musicians who cannot play concerts because of the coronavirus pandemic are cranking out music inspired by the pandemic. Bono, OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots, Michael Bublé (boo-BLAY’) and Pitbull are among the acts who have released songs reflecting the emotions related to the outbreak. Luke Combs says his recording session for his song, “Six Feet Apart,” was “very weird.” He says nobody was in the same room and the musicians could not even say hello to each other. Jon Bon Jovi, who wrote “Do What You Can” about the pandemic, says music is “proving to be a friend to so many in these trying times.” Mike Love of The Beach Boys just released a song called “This Too Shall Pass.” Love says he has seen all kinds of things in his 60 years as a touring artist, and “even if they’re really negative, they do pass.”
JUSTIN AND HAILEY BIEBER DEBUT SERIES
UNDATED (AP) - Now you can watch Justin Bieber and his wife, Hailey, on a small boat telling each other the best part about getting married. That’s the theme of the first episode of “The Biebers,” a new reality series they created that debuted yesterday on Facebook Watch. There will be 12 episodes that follow their lives in Toronto that they filmed themselves. New episodes will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
PRINCE’S GUITAR, “MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER” LYRICS WILL BE AUCTIONED
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prince’s 1984 blue “cloud” guitar is one of the high-ticket items at a music memorabilia auction set for June 19 and 20 outside Los Angeles. Julien’s Auctions estimates the custom guitar will sell for between $100,000 and $200,000. Another notable item for sale is Paul McCartney’s handwritten working copy of lyrics to “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” complete with his deletions and variations. That’s expected to sell for as much as $300,000. You can also bid on some weird stuff: an oversized 1967 photo of Jim Morrison with a snake writhing through his hair, seven Pall Mall cigarette packages that once belonged to Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and an application to the Cat Fanciers’ Federation filed by Walter Becker of Steely Dan.
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MOTORHEAD DAY IS FRIDAY
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though the 40th anniversary of the release of the Motorhead song “Ace of Spades” is not until October, the band’s management has declared Friday as Motorhead Day. Why Friday? Because saying it’s the “8th of May” to the tune of “the ace of spades” is too delicious to pass up. A new “Ace of Spades” lyric video will come out that day. So will an Instagram and Facebook filter allowing users to merge their faces with the Motorhead “Warpig” logo. The band’s website will sell limited-edition merchandise to benefit touring crews put out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans are also encouraged to post their toast to Motorhead online with the hashtag “8THOFMAY.” A band statement says toasting with Jack and Coke, the beverage of choice for frontman Lemmy, is “optional.”
YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN EARNS SECOND NUMBER ONE ALBUM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “38 Baby 2” takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart, moving 67,000 units its first week. It’s his second number-one album. Last week’s number one, DaBaby’s “Blame It On Baby,” drops to second. It’s also the first time ever that the number one and number two albums have had the word “Baby” in the titles. Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake” is in the number-three position, followed by “After Hours” by The Weeknd. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” is fifth.
JOURNEY AND THE PRETENDERS CANCEL TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) - The joint tour of Journey and The Pretenders is off. The tour was supposed to begin May 15 in Ridgefield, Washington, but Journey has said the tour is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Journey’s band members say in a statement they decided to cancel rather than postpone so that ticketholders could get immediate refunds.
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DAVE GREENFIELD OF THE STRANGLERS DIES
LONDON (AP) - Keyboard player Dave Greenfield of the British punk band The Stranglers has died at the age of 71. The band’s website says Greenfield died Sunday after contracting the coronavirus following hospitalization for heart problems. The Stranglers had a steady stream of hits in the U.K. but never charted in the U.S. Their most famous song was “Golden Brown,” for which Greenfield wrote the music. The Stranglers had planned a farewell tour this summer that they postponed because of the pandemic.
by Margie Szaroleta