PORTUGAL. THE MAN’S TOUR BUS CATCHES FIRE
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Fire authorities in Iowa City, Iowa, say a tour bus for Portugal. The Man caught fire Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. The bus was parked on the campus of the University of Iowa when the fire is believed to have started in the heating and cooling system. Portugal. The Man still did their show Tuesday night. The band has had bad luck with touring vehicles. In 2011, their touring van and trailer full of equipment was stolen after they played Lollapalooza in Chicago. The equipment was recovered.
METALLICA BECOMES FIRST METAL BAND TO WIN POLAR MUSIC PRIZE
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Metallica say they are thrilled to receive “one of the most unique and distinctive honors in music,” the Polar Music Prize. It’s the first time a metal band has won. The Swedish award panel says Metallica has taken rock music “to places it has never been before.” Metallica says they will be “extremely proud to accept the award” from the King of Sweden in Stockholm on June 14. Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music also was named a Polar Music Prize winner.
HOW JONNY GREENWOOD WROTE THE MUSIC FOR “PHANTOM THREAD”
NEW YORK (AP) — Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood had to write something romantic for a change. Greenwood says most of the film music he’s written has been “quite mournful or frightening,” like what he did for “There Will Be Blood.” He sent his typical stuff to director Paul Thomas Anderson for the film “Phantom Thread,” but Anderson wanted music for a love story. Greenwood says he decided to write music to simulate that feeling at a classical concert when it’s all quiet and the orchestra starts. Greenwood’s score is up for an Oscar this year.
LEE DEWYZE STAYS AWAY FROM COVER SONGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maybe you remember Lee DeWyze for bringing out a bagpiper as he sang “Hey Jude” on “American Idol.” DeWyze says he will never do that song in concert, bagpiper or not. He also won’t do his version of U2′s “Beautiful Day,” which was his first single after he won in 2010. DeWyze says it’s not that he doesn’t like those songs, but he wants to showcase his own music. He says everyone who goes on “American Idol” wants to introduce people to what they can do. His latest effort is the album “Paranoia,” which he says explores love, loss and relationships. It comes out tomorrow.
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KATHARINE McPHEE JOINS CAST OF “WAITRESS”
NEW YORK (AP) — You’d think that because Katharine McPhee starred on the TV show “Smash,” she would have known something about Broadway. Nope -- she’s about to make her Broadway debut. McPhee will take over the role of Jenna in “Waitress” from Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-ihs), who wrote the music for the show. McPhee’s run starts April 10 and goes through June 17. “Smash” was about a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. McPhee was the “American Idol” runner-up in 2006 to Taylor Hicks.
HARRY CONNICK JR. JOINS CAST OF “THE STING”
NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Connick Junior will play the Paul Newman role in a musical adaptation of “The Sting.” Broadway.com reports Connick will portray hustler Henry Gondorff. The musical will run in Millburn, New Jersey, for a month beginning March 29. Producers hope to bring it to Broadway.
BLAKE SHELTON DONATES $50,000 FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS
TISHOMINGO, Okla. (AP) — The kids playing in the splash pad at Pennington Creek Park in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, this summer have Blake Shelton to thank for upgrading it. Shelton donated $50,000 from last weekend’s ticket sales at his Ole Red restaurant to the city for improvements to the park. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by the time the park opens for the season in May.
GENE SIMMONS WRITES BOOK ABOUT THE “27 CLUB”
NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Simmons of Kiss is putting out a book exploring why so many musicians die at the age of 27. The book, called “27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club,” looks at the deaths of Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison of The Doors, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin. The book comes out Aug. 14.
by Margie Szaroleta