Music in the News – August 27, 2013

Music industry comes together for a good cause

A benefit concert was held Aug. 22 in honour of School of Seven Bells’ guitarist, Benjamin Curtis. Curtis was recently diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. The “Put Your Sad Down” concert was organized by Strokes’ manager Ryan Gentles who was able to get dozens of big names from the industry to help out. Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. headlined the fundraiser with the help of his solo band. Gentles also enlisted help from Strokes band members Fabrizio Moretti and Julian Casablancas. Moretti, along with friend and musician Devendra Banhart, played the part of DJs for the night while Casablancas donated the infamous velvet blazer he donned for the cover of his solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Other attendees included Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, British model Alexa Chung, Paul Banks from Interpol, along with hundreds of friends, family and fans alike.

Canadian dentist hopes to clone John Lennon

Two years ago Canadian dentist Michael Zuk bought John Lennon’s molar at an auction for over $30,000. Zuk announced in a recent press release that he intends to extract the late Beatles’ DNA in the hopes of someday cloning him. Lennon originally gave his housekeeper the molar in the mid-1960s with the intention of having it disposed, but instead she kept it and later passed it on to her daughter. The legendary Liverpudlian’s tooth was kept in the family until it was purchased by Zuk at an auction in 2011.

Rapper 2 Chainz arrested while on tour

American rapper 2 Chainz was arrested in Oklahoma on Aug.22 while on the road with his crew. The rapper’s tour bus was pulled over after police noticed a busted headlight. Officers were suspicious of drug use and attempted to enter but were locked out and denied access by the driver who claimed they needed a search warrant first. Nine hours later, the bus was towed and brought to the Oklahoma County Jail where 11 passengers were arrested on account of “interfering with police process”, according to Billboard. No statements were released commenting on any additional drug charges. This is his third arrest this year, the previous two being related to possession of marijuana.

Mötley Crüe announce farewell tour

After nearly three decades of touring and making music, Mötley Crüe has decided that its 2014 world tour will most likely be its last. “We’ll do one more time around the world and kinda call it quits,” said the band’s frontman Vince Neil in an interview with Rolling Stone. Neil also hints at the possibility of new music being released before the rock veterans say their goodbyes. The band also plans to release the film version of their autobiography The Dirt, which will most likely feature their new material in the documentary itself.


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