ARCH MUSIC NEWS for 3/7/13
ARCH MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Hawaii’s privacy bill named for Aerosmith‘s singer is one step closer to becoming law. The “Hawaii Reporter” says the Hawaii State Senate has passed the Steven Tyler Act, which is aimed at protecting celebrities from the paparazzi and other overzealous photographers. The measure was approved by a large margin, with just two senators voting against it. Tyler and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood — who lives in Maui — gave testimony at a hearing on the bill last month. Other stars, including Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali, Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reid, and Neil Diamond also submitted statements in support of the measure. Opponents say the bill is too vague and infringes on First Amendment rights. The Steven Tyler Act is now headed to the Hawaii House of Representatives.
Justin Timberlake is the host and musical guest on this week’s “Saturday Night Live.” He’ll appear just a couple of days ahead of the release of his new album “The 20/20 Experience,” which hits stores on March 19th. It will be his fifth time hosting the NBC sketch show. Past appearances have earned the singer a number of Emmy Awards, particularly for his musical contributions in the “Digital Short” series. Justin will also be spending an entire week at NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” from March 11th to March 15th.
Kelly Clarkson has been announced as one of the performers for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Coming off her Grammy win last month, Kelly will be joining some of country music’s biggest stars on stage, including Carrie Underwood, “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. The ceremony will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 7th on CBS.
British rock vet Alvin Lee has died. A statement on Lee’s official website said the Ten Years After co-founder and singer and co-founder passed away Wednesday from “unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.” His best known song was “I’d Love to Change the World”.
Prince is being honored with a special tribute concert. Elvis Costello, Booker T., and Bettye LaVette are among the stars slated to participate in the event tonight at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The Roots, Talib Kweli and Bilal are also on board for the show, which is serving as the famed venue’s annual fundraiser for music education. Proceeds from the event will go to children’s music programs such as the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes and Little Kids Rock. Prince joins an all-star list of artists honored by the concert hall. In the past, the fundraiser concert has honored the Rolling Stones, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Alice Cooper appears to be planning to hit the road with Marilyn Manson. While there’s been no official announcement about that, Pollstar.com does show the two shock rockers will be teaming up for one show in Pittsburgh on June 23rd.
Miley Cyrus is making some changes to her staff as she gears up for her musical comeback. According to “E! News,” she’s hired veteran manager Larry Rudolph, just a month after partnering with RCA Records to distribute her highly anticipated new album. Rudolph is best known for managing Britney Spears.
Ringo Starr is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. “Ringo: Peace & Love” will explore the career of the former Beatles drummer through a variety of memorabilia including never before seen photographs, personal letters, and documents. Museum officials say visitors will even have a chance to take a drum lesson of sorts with the legendary rocker through an interactive exhibit. The limited-run exhibit is set to open on June 12th.
Bruno Mars has scored his first number one album with “Unorthodox Jukebox.” The singer’s sophomore album jumped to the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 95-thousand copies, during its 12th week on the chart. At Number two is the new release called “Amok” from the band Atoms For Peace, which includes Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.