LEE BRICE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lee Brice will sit out Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards because he tested positive for the coronavirus. His representative says Brice is in good spirits and does not have any symptoms. Brice will isolate at home until he’s cleared by a doctor. A CMA spokesperson says Brice was tested and got his results before he had arrived for rehearsals. Brice was supposed to perform with Carly Pearce on their duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”
ROCK HALL INDUCTIONS FINALLY HAPPEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Trent Reznor says he regrets that the Rock Hall inductions could not be in person as Nine Inch Nails was inducted this year. Reznor says it was not because he wanted to play, but because he wanted to acknowledge with the others that maybe they did something good. Along with Nine Inch Nails, the inductees were Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, the Doobie Brothers and Depeche (deh-PESH’) Mode. Biggie’s son, CJ Wallace, says rappers and rockers have a lot in common, including being told their music will never make history. Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers says, “It’s been quite a trip, and we aren’t done yet.” The inductions were supposed to be in May but were delayed because of the pandemic.
ANGRY JOHN LENNON LETTER WILL BE AUCTIONED
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A music fan thought John Lennon sounded hopeless on his “Imagine” album in 1971 and wrote to him about his Christian faith. Lennon wrote back, chewing him out. Lennon’s letter is now for sale. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Tom Bonfield of Lexington wrote the letter and said in a 1993 statement that he wanted to share his “religious beliefs in an uplifting and non-threatening manner.” Lennon wrote back in a letter dated Oct. 1, 1971, “Listen, Brother, why don’t you Jesus Freaks get off people’s backs?” Lennon also sent a book of matches in response to Bonfield sending a religious tract. RR Auction estimates the letter will sell for as much as $35,000 when it is auctioned on Thursday.
NIKKI SIXX MOVES TO JACKSON HOLE
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Nikki Sixx has traded the Sunset Strip for the Tetons. Sixx tells the Jackson Hole News and Guide he’s “head over heels in love” with his new home in Jackson Hole in Wyoming. He moved over the summer because he felt that Los Angeles was getting to be too rough a place to raise his baby girl. Now Sixx spends his days fishing on the Snake River. It may not sound very rock and roll, but Sixx grew up fishing and hunting as a boy in the Twin Falls, Idaho, area. Sixx says he told his other daughter he’s a local now but she says he has to be there a year before he can call himself that.
THE OSMONDS ARE BASIS FOR STAGE MUSICAL
NEW YORK (AP) – A musical about The Osmonds will premiere in London next year. Broadway.com reports Jay Osmond came up with the story for “The Osmonds: A New Musical” that follows the group’s rise to success, as well as the arrival of Donny and Marie. He says he’s wanted to tell the story for so long, and he calls the musical “a living autobiography.” It will premiere in London on Aug. 26 and tour the U.K. and Ireland through April of 2022. No word on whether it will come to the U.S.
ARIANA GRANDE IS NUMBER ONE WITH “POSITIONS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) has her fifth number one album, with “Positions.” It’s also her third number-one album in just over two years. Billboard reports “Positions” moved 174,000 units in its first week of release. Trippie Redd is second with “Pegasus.” “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke is number three. Luke Combs takes fourth place with “What You See Is What You Get,” followed by “Love Goes” by Sam Smith.