PLAYON FEST WILL HIGHLIGHT PAST FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
NEW YORK (AP) - An online music event this weekend will consist of past performances you may have seen only if you were there live. Janelle Monae at last year’s Coachella, Twenty One Pilots at last year’s Lollapalooza Brazil, Coldplay’s 2017 show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Nipsey Hussle’s album release show are among the performances featured on the PlayOn Fest. LL Cool J will host the event, starting at noon Eastern on Songkick’s YouTube channel and running 72 hours straight through Sunday. Performances come from festivals and concerts that were filmed but rarely seen online. Other featured performers include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Flaming Lips, Ed Sheeran, Korn, Paramore, Green Day, Lil Uzi Vert and Portugal. The Man. Donations will support the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
20.7 MILLION VIEWERS WATCH “ONE WORLD”
NEW YORK (AP) - Saturday’s all-star music program “One World: Together at Home” drew 20.7 million viewers across 26 networks, according to the Nielsen company. The program was organized by Lady Gaga and featured The Rolling Stones, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo and Paul McCartney. “Disney Family Singalong” also was one of the most popular programs of the week, with a viewership of 10.45 million. That featured Demi Lovato, Michael Buble (boo-BLAY’), Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) and Christina Aguilera.
PUDDLE OF MUDD RESPONDS TO ONLINE CRITICS OF “ABOUT A GIRL”
UNDATED (AP) - Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin appears to be responding to criticism of his band’s version of Nirvana’s “About A Girl” by saying, “Jealousy is toxic, and toxic people are a waste of time.” Puddle of Mudd’s version premiered in January on SiriusXM, but it recently gained new attention as online viewers ripped into Scantlin’s vocals. Scantlin writes on Instagram he’s at his best now and he’s praying for everyone because he cares. He says the band members “walk away with nothing but a SMILE.”
INTERNS HELP BRAD PAISLEY DO GOOD DEEDS FOR THE ELDERLY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Residents of a Nashville retirement community got their groceries delivered because Brad Paisley’s producer had interns with nothing to do. Paisley runs a free grocery store in Nashville for low-income families, but he realized during the coronavirus pandemic that elderly people were having a hard time with food shopping, too. His producer, Luke Wooten, mentioned that his studio interns had no sessions to work on, and they wanted to help. Paisley says they left flyers at a retirement tower, offering to bring groceries. He says when the interns made the deliveries, the residents came out and gave them a standing ovation.
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GARTH BROOKS DOES THE GROCERY RUNS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Garth Brooks not only does his own grocery shopping, but he loves doing it during the coronavirus outbreak. Brooks said on Monday’s edition of his “Inside Studio G” on Facebook when he goes, “everybody’s being really sweet.” He pointed out how there are now one-way aisles and lines marked so everyone keeps the proper distance, and he called it “just beautiful stuff.” He said he’s lucky to live in such a great neighborhood, but he feels there are a lot of neighborhoods like his.
DAVID NAIL’S WIFE IS EXPECTING
NEW YORK (AP) - David Nail is going to be a dad again. He tells People magazine his wife, Catherine, is pregnant with a girl, due in October. Nail says the baby was conceived through in vitro fertilization after an unsuccessful attempt last summer. They shared their story in 2016 about conceiving twins by IVF -- a son, Lawson, and a daughter, Lillian.
NICK JONAS AND DIDDY RECORD AUDIO SLEEP GUIDES
SAN DIEGO (AP) - You can now go to bed with Nick Jonas -- or Diddy, if he’s your preference. Jonas and Diddy each have made free audio recordings designed to help you fall asleep as part of a new sleep and meditation series through Audible.com. Jonas reads a baseball story called “The Perfect Swing.” Diddy speaks soothingly in a guide for relaxation. The recordings are available now.
TALKING HEADS’ CHRIS FRANTZ WRITES AUTOBIOGRAPHY
NEW YORK (AP) - Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz will put out his memoir on July 21, after its release in May was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The book “Remain in Love” will discuss the beginnings of Talking Heads as art students in Providence, Rhode Island, and what publisher St. Martin describes as “the mechanics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman.” Frantz will also discuss his marriage to bassist Tina Weymouth and how they struck out with their own band, Tom Tom Club.
BLUES MUSIC AWARDS GO VIRTUAL
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shemekia (she-MEE’-kah) Copeland will host the Blues Music Awards from the comfort of her living room. The awards were set for May 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, but because of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s been moved to an online event on May 3. Nominees will perform from their homes. Rick Estrin and his band, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, lead the nominations with eight. The event will be streamed on The Blues Foundation’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
by Margie Szaroleta