Music News: Bataclan reopens with Sting performance


A vigil outside the Bataclan
A woman kneels around flowers and candles laid next to the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 12, 2016, a few hours before the reopening concert by British musician Sting to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday night, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the Bataclan nightclub reopened with a performance by Sting — who opened his set with a moment of silence and a rendition of his song "Fragile." He later dedicated his song "50,000" to several great musicians who have died this year: Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, and Lemmy Kilmister. (Billboard)

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal — the band playing the Bataclan during the attack — was in Paris to remember the tragedy. The band's manager, however, refuted a report that Hughes was denied entry to the Sting show because of controversial statements Hughes made in the past, suggesting that venue staff might have had foreknowledge of the attacks. Hughes, in fact, did not try to enter the venue on Saturday night. (Billboard)

Boss rescued by veterans

Bruce Springsteen has done a lot for veterans, so it's appropriate that when his motorcycle broke down on Veterans' Day, he was rescued by...veterans. Billboard reports that as four vets "were making their way through the backstreets — er, backroads — back to Freehold, they noticed a scared and lonely rider on the side of Allaire Road calling out for help. The veterans pulled over and discovered it was Springsteen. Baily had the Boss climb onto his bike, and the men gave him a ride to Mulligan's, a restaurant in Farmingdale, N.J., where the 67-year old rocker made a call for a pickup."

Leonard Cohen laid to rest

Leonard Cohen’s son Adam Cohen reports that the late music legend was buried Thursday in Montreal. "With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present," wrote Adam Cohen on Facebook, "he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he'd asked." (Billboard)

Prince remembered by friends

WCCO reports that "more than 200 of Prince's colleagues and employees celebrated the superstar and the role he played in their lives" on Saturday night at a venue called the Machine Shop in Northeast Minneapolis. "There were a few musical performances and a video montage."

Thieves hit Sims

On Thursday night in Brooklyn, all the gear was stolen from the tour van of Sims. The Doomtree rapper subsequently launched a GoFundMe page that, over the weekend, exceeded the goal of raising $18,800 to replace the gear. (City Pages)

All the news that's fit to harmonically modulate

Extra copies of Bon Iver’s 22, A Million newspaper — previously distributed at the pop-up listening parties that took place prior to the album's release — are being sent to various record stores. The band advise fans to "call your local shop to see if they have 'em & snag a copy!" Copies of the paper have been listed on eBay for amounts reaching into four figures. (Pitchfork)

What secrets does Blackstar still hold?

Jonathan Barnbrook, the graphic designer behind David Bowie’s album Blackstar, says that vinyl copies of the record still have surprises in store. "There's one big thing which people haven't discovered yet on the album," says Barnbrook. "Let's just say, if people find it, they find it, and if they don't, they don't. And remember what Bowie said about not explaining everything." (Spin)

Trump reactions continue

As Donald Trump builds his presidential administration, musicians continue to react to the Republican's surprise victory in the U.S. election.

The musician formerly known as Donnie Trumpet has announced that he'll drop the moniker and go back to using his given name — Nico Segal — because he doesn't "want to be connected to Trump's hateful tone or his hurtful message." Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has penned an open letter to Trump, saying that "we will be watching you to make sure that your power does not corrupt the entire union." Reacting to the election, Yoko Ono drew on her famously intense musical vocabulary.

On Saturday Night Live — in an episode that featured A Tribe Called Quest as musical guests — Kate McKinnon opened the show in character as Hillary Clinton, singing Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah."

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