Sep. 04, 2018
GEORGE STRAIT MOURNS DEATH OF LONGTIME DRUMMER MIKE KENNEDY
NASHVILLE (AP) — George Strait says his band will never be the same after the death of longtime drummer Mike Kennedy. Kennedy was killed in a car wreck outside Nashville on Friday. Strait writes on social media it's "going to be very strange not being able to look over and see him there in his spot on stage." Strait calls Kennedy "as solid a friend to us all as he was a drummer." Kennedy had played in Strait's band for nearly 30 years.
OZZY OSBOURNE REPEATS THAT HE'S NOT RETIRING
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ozzy Osbourne is saying it again, in case you didn't get it before: he's not retiring. Even though he's doing what he's calling his final world tour, Osbourne says in a statement he's still going to do shows, just not full tours. He also reveals he's "virtually deaf." He says he has to hear the crowd and feel the emotion to be fully engaged. Even after 50 years of performing, Osbourne says he's still nervous on stage.
JOHN SPLITHOFF SPELLS OUT THE ORIGINS OF "SING TO YOU"
CHICAGO (AP) — John Splithoff (SPLIT'-off) says his song "Sing to You" is about dating someone who kept her guard up. Splithoff says the chorus is not about his being a singer, but about how he was trying to cheer her up. Since then, fans have used the song for all kinds of occasions. He says he was flattered the first time he heard a couple using it for their first dance at their wedding. Splithoff nearly drove his roommate crazy with the song, though. He says he walked around for about two or three months singing the melody and his roommate told him he had to write lyrics to it because it wasn't a song.
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ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO MUSCLE SHOALS COMING LATER THIS MONTH
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Steven Tyler, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson and Kid Rock are among the acts paying tribute to the "Muscle Shoals sound" on a new album. They contribute tracks to the upcoming collection called "Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound." Other performers include Shinedown's Brent Smith, Grace Potter, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Chris Stapleton and Michael McDonald. The album will come out Sept. 28. It's in part a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the "Muscle Shoals sound," and partly a tribute to its famed producer Rick Hall, who died in January.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE NAMED GRAND MARSHALS
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Florida Georgia Line will be the grand marshals at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis on Sunday. They also will headline the FGL Fest on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cole Swindell (swin-DEL'), Nelly and Raelynn also are on the bill.
WE CAME AS ROMANS SINGER KYLE PAVONE OVERDOSED
UNDATED (AP) — We Came As Romans have revealed that singer Kyle Pavone died of an accidental overdose. The band posted a statement urging those struggling with addiction to talk to family, friends, a counselor or a support group. They've created The Kyle Pavone Foundation to help artists with addiction. We Came As Romans are planning a public celebration of Pavone's life in Detroit in early October. Pavone died August 25 at the age of 28.
By Margie Szaroleta