SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN PRINE DEAD OF COVID-19

UNDATED (AP) — John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, has died. He was 73 — and his family says he died from complications from the coronavirus. Last month his wife said she had tested positive for COVID-19. She has since recovered but her husband was hospitalized last month with coronavirus symptoms. He was put on a ventilator and was in the intensive care unit for several days.

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R. KELLY DENIED RELEASE FROM PRISON DURING OUTBREAK

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has denied R. Kelly’s request that he should be released from jail because he could get the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly writes that Kelly has not shown that he would not try to flee or interfere with prospective witnesses in his sexual abuse cases. Kelly is being held in a jail in downtown Chicago, where three staff members have tested positive for the virus. Kelly faces sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

ANDREA BOCELLI WILL PERFORM ON EASTER IN MILAN CATHEDRAL

MILAN, Italy (AP) - Andrea Bocelli will sing on Easter Sunday in Italy in an empty cathedral. He will perform at the main historic cathedral in Milan, Italy, at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. There will be no audience present, but you can watch it live on Bocelli’s YouTube channel. Bocelli says on a day of celebrating “the trust in a life that triumphs,” he’s honored to accept the invitation from city officials.

RAMSEY LEWIS WILL STREAM CONCERT FOR CHARITY

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Ramsey Lewis will come out of retirement to do an online concert to raise money to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Lewis will livestream a concert from his home on April 25. He’ll also tell stories behind his hit songs. Tickets are $20 through PayPal. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Lewis, who is 84, announced last year he was retiring.

SCOTT STAPP ADDRESSES HIS DEMONS IN “SURVIVOR”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When Creed singer Scott Stapp sings, “How do you like me now?” in his new solo song, “Survivor,” it’s not to a person. Stapp says he’s talking to his own addiction, anxiety and depression about how he’s conquered them. The song has taken on different meanings for fans, though. Stapp says some who have cancer have used the song to address their illnesses, or some women dealing with abuse use it to push back and move on. Stapp will do an Instagram question-and-answer session today at 1 p.m. Eastern with the World Health Organization as part of the “Together at Home” social distancing campaign.

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STEVIE NICKS FINALLY HEARS THE DOVE SING

UNDATED (AP) - Stevie Nicks got a line from one of her biggest songs off a menu. She writes on social media she was flying home from Phoenix in 1980 and was handed a menu that said, “The white wing dove sings a song that sounds like she’s singing ooh, ooh, ooh. She makes her home here in the great Saguaro cactus that provides shelter and protection for her.” Nicks used that in the song “Edge of Seventeen.” Nicks says she never actually heard a dove sing until this week. She says several days ago she heard a sound outside her room that a friend identified as a dove’s song. Nicks says she started to cry because she’s sure the dove has come to watch over her.

ROCKLAHOMA IS CANCELED

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) - The Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, has been forced to cancel for this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers say they have staged the festival for 13 straight years on Memorial Day weekend, and it breaks their hearts not to go for a 14th. This year’s headliners were supposed to be Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Staind and Halestorm.

by Margie Szaroleta