Arch MUSIC NEWS for 10/29/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
A Las Vegas road is transforming into the place where the “grass is green and the girls are pretty” today. The city will temporarily rename Paradise Road to “Paradise City Road” in honor of Guns N’ Roses late-80s hit “Paradise City.” The tribute to the band and the song will remain for the entire run of G-N-R’s month-long “Appetite For Democracy” residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The shows will run from October 31st to November 24th and include hits spanning G-N-R’s 25-year career.
Chuck Berry says President Obama represents something he thought he’d never see. According to “Rolling Stone,” the rock and roll icon sat down with reporters before accepting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters Award on Saturday. One of the many topics covered included the changes he’s seen throughout the country since his early days playing at segregated venues in the South. Berry reportedly got emotional as he explained that he “never thought a man with the qualities, features, and all that Obama has could be our president,” adding that his dad told him he “may not live to see that day.” Berry says he “believed him” then, but thanks God now that that day has come. Yet, Berry also lamented about his poor health and says he’s been “wondering about his future.” The 86-year-old guitar legend says he can’t hear well, his voice is gone, his throat is worn and his lungs are “going fast.” Berry still performs monthly at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, but he feels his “singing days have passed.” He says the fans at those shows are “having a great time from memory,” and adds that he hopes to be able to “continue to enhance their memory because it looks very dim.”
Computer maker Apple Inc. is now the rightful owner of the Beatles‘ Apple Corps logo. According to Patently Apple, the technology company was granted ownership of the famed Grannysmith apple logo after years of litigation. The Beatles’ music company reached a deal with Apple Inc. in 2007 that stated Apple would buy out the the trademarks for a reported 500-million-dollars. The computer company would then license them back to Apple Corps. But that deal was temporarily halted after Apple Box Productions Sub Inc. filed a complaint opposing the the settlement. The complaint proved unsuccessful in the end and Apple Inc. was given ownership rights to the trademark.
Justin Timberlake is apologizing for a wedding video that mocks homeless people while defending the friends who made it. In an open letter to his fans on his website Friday, the pop superstar called the video “distasteful” but said he doesn’t believe it was made to be insensitive. The controversial clip surfaced just days after Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel exchanged vows at a lavish wedding in Italy last Friday. It shows homeless people congratulating the couple. Critics say it was demeaning of those less fortunate, condemning it as “tacky” and “wrong.” In his letter Timberlake said he had no knowledge of the video’s existence and that he had “ZERO contribution to it.” Timberlake also insists that his friends who made the video are “good people” and that it was clearly a lapse in judgment” on their part. Justin’s real estate friend, Justin Huchel, claimed responsibility for the video earlier this week. He has since lawyered up threatening to file suit if the video, which he says was created for private use, is publicized in violation of his copyright.
Taylor Swift is getting ready to paint the town “Red.” The country-pop superstar has announced plans for her 2013 Red Tour, named for her just-released new album that’s poised to top the music charts this week. The 58-date tour will kick off March 13th and 14th in Omaha, Nebraska and be in St. Louis on March 18th and 19th before wrapping up with a three-night stand in Nashville from September 19th through September 21st. The first wave of tickets go on sale November 16th. Taylor’s last tour raked in more than 97-million-dollars last year, putting her second only to U2 as the highest grossing acts of 2011.
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