Arch MUSIC NEWS for 8/6/12
Stevie Wonder‘s eleven-year marriage to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris is winding down. The music legend has filed a petition for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to divorce documents obtained by TMZ.com, the couple has been separated since October 2009. Wonder is requesting joint custody for the couple’s two boys, ages ten and seven. He also agrees to pay both spousal and child support. Wonder was previously married to late singer Syreeta Wright between 1970 and 1972.
Surviving members of Pink Floyd might not take part in the Closing Ceremony for the Summer Olympics after all. Last week singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran told an Australian radio station he would be teaming up with drummer Nick Mason at the London event to perform the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here.” He added that organizers were hoping to get either David Gilmour or Roger Waters involved as well. But a rep for the group is denying the participation of any of the band’s members, emphasizing in a statement that Pink Floyd “is NOT performing at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
J. Geils Band is planning to hit the road later this month, but without J. Geils. As a result, the guitarist is suing the group that shares his name. The “Boston Globe” says John Geils Jr. filed his lawsuit last week, claiming his ex-bandmates are “seeking to misappropriate and steal” the name. Geils’ attorney Chuck Grimes says his client owns the trademark “J. Geils Band,” and that he’s “never transferred it to anybody.” He adds that while band members Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick, and Danny Klein “performed in Mr. Geils’ band,” that “doesn’t give them the right to grab the name.”