NEIL YOUNG SAYS CITIZENSHIP STATUS HELD UP BY MARIJUANA USE
UNDATED (AP) – Neil Young says his desire for American citizenship is being held up because of his marijuana use. Young writes on his Neil Young Archives page he wants to be a dual citizen — he’s originally from Canada — and he passed all the citizenship tests. He says he was told he must do another test because of his use of marijuana. He cites a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy alert from April that states that applicants who have engaged in “certain marijuana related activities” may lack “good moral character,” even if such behavior is allowable under state or foreign laws. Young says he hopes he has exhibited good moral character.
JAMES BLUNT RECORDS ALBUM FOR HIS FAMILY
LONDON (AP) – James Blunt appreciates it if you buy his new album, “Once Upon a Mind,” but really, you’re not who he’s singing to. Blunt says the album is for his family. He says his father is not well, and he now has a family of his own who he leaves for long periods while on tour, so the album is his message to them. Blunt feels it’s got the same intensity as his first album, “Back to Bedlam.” Blunt says after that album took off, he kept trying to write songs to please his audience, which he found dishonest. He calls “Once Upon A Mind” his most special album since that one.
JOHN LEGEND WATCHES AS EX-FELONS GET RIGHT TO VOTE
MIAMI (AP) – John Legend says it’s “so beautiful” to see former felons get their rights to vote restored in Florida. Legend was on hand as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in a Miami-Dade County courtroom Friday. Florida residents passed a state constitutional amendment last year allowing ex-felons to vote. The state legislature later approved a provision that required ex-felons to pay any fines, fees or restitutions first, which is now before the Florida Supreme Court. Legend says so many people take voting for granted, and when you lose it, you realize how important it is.
BEATLES PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT FREEMAN DIES
LONDON (AP) – Paul McCartney calls Beatles cover photographer Robert Freeman an “imaginative and true original thinker.” Freeman has died at the age of 82, but details were not given. McCartney says Freeman’s photo of the Beatles in half shadow for the “Meet the Beatles” album was not a carefully arranged studio shot but taken quickly in the corridor of a hotel. McCartney says Freeman’s photo for the “Rubber Soul” cover was stretched because he showed it to them on a slide projector and the card used as a background fell over. The band liked how that looked. Ringo Starr has also paid tribute to Freeman, saying, “God bless Robert Freeman peace and love to all his family.”
CALPURNIA BREAKS UP
UNDATED (AP) – The band featuring “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has broken up. Calpurnia announced on Instagram saying their time playing together has come to an end. They say they’re all going to start fresh chapters in their lives. Calpurnia put out an EP called “Scout” last year and had played festivals such as Lollapalooza and Governors Ball.
BROTHERS OSBORNE TO PLAY LIONS HALFTIME SHOW ON THANKSGIVING
NASHVILLE (AP) – Brothers Osborne have a concert date for Thanksgiving for a national audience. They will play the halftime show as the Detroit Lions host the Chicago Bears on Nov. 28.
By Margie Szaroleta