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March 15, 2019

MEEK MILL CELEBRATED IN PHILADELPHIA

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starting today, it’s “Meek Mill Weekend” in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia City Council will honor him for his music and his work as a criminal justice reform advocate. Mill said at yesterday’s announcement that he wants people like him to have a fair shot at life. He says he’d hate for his seven-year-old son to smoke marijuana once and end up in a penitentiary for two or three years. Mill became an advocate after he was sentenced to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation from a gun and drug possession case from ten years ago. Mill brings his tour to his hometown this weekend.

WHY IMAGINE DRAGONS SINGER DAN REYNOLDS SPOKE OUT ABOUT OTHER BANDS

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds says it’s counterproductive to have to call out other artists, and he’s bummed that he had to do it. Two weeks ago, Reynolds posted a note on Instagram calling out Smashing Pumpkins, Slipknot, The 1975 and Foster The People for taking shots at Imagine Dragons. Reynolds says musicians are “incredibly lucky” and it does no good to “engage in menial, self-indulgent conversation,” even for himself. Reynolds says he was inspired after hearing Oprah Winfrey discuss what people do with their finite time on earth and how they use their words. After he does the LOVELOUD festival in West Valley City, Utah, in June, Reynolds says Imagine Dragons will take an extended time off.

MIKE SHINODA COULD TELL CHESTER BENNINGTON TO PIPE DOWN

CHICAGO (AP) — When late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington entered the building, everyone knew -- because everyone could hear him. Vocalist Mike Shinoda says Bennington was loud and high energy. Shinoda says he was one of the few people who could call out Bennington about loud he was — and get Bennington to laugh about it. Shinoda says the few times they would argue it was because one of them was full of energy and the other was not, or they had a fundamental disagreement about, say, whether to play a show. However, Shinoda says he never would have lasted in a band as long as he did with Bennington if Bennington wasn’t such a generous and sweet guy.

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056858-a-163:92-(Mike Shinoda, vocalist for Linkin Park)-“loud right now”-Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recalls Chester Bennington’s high energy (15 Mar 2019)

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056859-a-159:60-(Mike Shinoda, vocalist for Linkin Park)-“other way around (laughs)”-Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recalls Chester Bennington’s high energy (15 Mar 2019)

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056857-a-106:80-(Mike Shinoda, vocalist for Linkin Park)-“a good friend”-Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recalls Chester Bennington’s high energy (15 Mar 2019)

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056856-a-154:56-(Mike Shinoda, vocalist for Linkin Park)-“to be happening”-Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recalls Chester Bennington’s high energy (15 Mar 2019)

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PINK ADOPTS A DOG

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pink is a softie when it comes to her kids and dogs. Pink posted an Instagram photo of her daughter, Willow, with a puppy this week. Pink thanked the Nashville Humane Association for bringing dogs to her recent show for them to play with, and she adds, “Of course we went home with one.” Pink says they’ve named the puppy Nash, short for Nashville.

REBA McENTIRE WILL HOST HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Reba McEntire will help reveal who’s going into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She will host the announcement in Nashville on Monday. Fans can watch the announcement live on the Country Music Association’s YouTube Channel.

TREY ANASTASIO FILM WILL BE SHOWN AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK (AP) — A film about Phish singer Trey Anastasio will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “Between Me and My Mind” is a documentary about Anastasio’s music and what goes into staging Phish’s New Year’s Eve show at Madison Square Garden. Anastasio will perform after the film is shown April 26.

by Margie Szaroleta