Waky Music News
It's the second time in as many months that Gregg has missed shows for a medical reason. In March the Allman Brothers Band had to end their annual run at New York's Beacon Theater early when Gregg came down with bronchitis.
Deep Purple's Controversial Cyprus Concert Expected To Draw 100-Thousand Deep Purple has a lot of fans in Cyprus. "Famagusta Gazette Online," citing Turkish Cypriot radio, says more than 100-thousand people are expected to attend next month's concert at Near East University in North Nicosia. The open-air venue can accommodate a crowd of 150-thousand. Preparations for the show are almost finished. The effort includes the construction of a custom-built stage measuring over 13-thousand-450-square-feet. Deep Purple's concert is set for May 24th.
Deep Purple's show has sparked controversy over its location -- in the Turkish-occupied northern area of the island nation. Other performers, including Jennifer Lopez and Justin Timberlake, have cancelled shows in the area due to the political situation. But in a recent website post Deep Purple's Ian Gillan addressed the issue, saying the band has "never been on one side or the other when it comes to performing music." In addition, the Turkish Cypriot leader has invited Cyprus' president to the Deep Purple concert as a goodwill gesture.
Anita Baker Files Countersuit Against Decorating Company After being surprised by a lawsuit and arrest warrant, Anita Baker is turning the tables with a lawsuit of her own. "The Detroit Free Press" says the R&B star's attorney Jamal Hamood filed a suit last week against the decorating company that launched the legal action. Hamood says the company "intended to put" Baker "in as embarrassing a light as possible" with the 2011 suit, which prompted last month's arrest warrant. The attorney explains that the singer had no knowledge of the suit, while a default judgement has already been made against her. He says he'll be asking the judge to set aside the default judgement at a hearing Friday, so Baker can respond to the 2011 case. In that suit the company claims Baker never paid her bill, totaling more than 15-thousand dollars, for work done on her home in 2009.
The Kinks' Dave Davies Gives Advice To AC/DC's Malcolm Young The Kinks' Dave Davies is offering words of encouragement -- and some advice -- to AC/DC's Malcolm Young. The Australian band hasn't come forth with the medical condition that's sidelined their guitarist, but some media outlets have reported that Young has suffered a stroke. Davies had a stroke in 2004, and knows what that recovery is like for a guitarist. In a Facebook post Dave tells Malcolm to "never give up," but to "remember all the important 'tricks'" he's learned over the years. He suggests certain hand and finger exercises that can help to redevelop fine motor skills and dexterity. Dave adds that before going to sleep Malcolm should "imagine playing" his "best solos ever," and run through them in his mind every night.
"Motown: The Musical" Tour Launching in Chicago "Motown: The Musical" is on the road. A touring production of Berry Gordy's Broadway show starts Tuesday with an extended, 15-week run in Chicago. Over the next year-and-a-half the musical will be staged in 28 cities across the country, and more dates could be added. Stops include St. Louis, Memphis, Los Angeles, Dallas, and -- of course -- Detroit, where a four-week engagement is slated to begin in October.
"Motown: The Musical" is based on Gordy's 1994 autobiography, "To Be Loved," and interweaves the label's story with Gordy's romance with Diana Ross. Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson are some of the other famous characters in the music-intensive show.
Marshall Tucker Band Reaping Reality Show Benefits The Marshall Tucker Band is getting a boost from reality TV. Finalists this spring on both Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "The Voice" have sung the band's classic hit, "Can't You See." The band's frontman Doug Gray tells Billboard.com he felt honored the aspiring singers chose to cover their song. He admits that back in 1973 they didn't know if they'd "make it past the weekend," and could have never imagined seeing others perform their music more than 40 years later. Doug adds that both contestants delivered great, soulful performances.
Gray also admits the reality show exposure is bringing new attention to the group. He says after those performances the Marshall Tucker Band's website received thousands of hits, while their Facebook page was plastered with congratulation messages. But Doug says all the attention is really a testament to the quality of the song penned by his late bandmate, Toy Caldwell.
Glen Campbell's Wife Describes Singer's Living Situation Glen Campbell's wife admits it's been a tough adjustment as the singer's Alzheimer's progresses. But Kim Campbell says they're doing what's best for him, and put a lot of thought and effort into finding a quality, appropriate facility for him.
Kim adds that Glen's "just a sweetheart," and the family isn't abandoning him as his condition deteriorates. She explains that he isn't confined to the facility but can make visits home, and the family sees him every day. But Kim admits they don't go out in public, because she wants to protect his dignity. Campbell announced in 2011 that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The singer is celebrating his 78th birthday Tuesday.