Music News: Three-story lightning bolt sculpture planned as Bowie tribute


A photoillustration depicts a planned David Bowie tribute sculpture
A photoillustration depicts a planned David Bowie tribute sculpture in Brixton, London, England (Crowdfunder)

Fans are raising funds to build a three-story lightning bolt sculpture inspired by David Bowie’s "Aladdin Sane" makeup in Brixton, London — the singer's birthplace. The stainless steel sculpture would cost $1.2 million, and the campaign is being endorsed by Bowie's estate. A different statue depicting the singer himself, planned for the town of Aylesbury, has already met its much more modest $123,000 fundraising target. (Pitchfork)

David Cassidy retires from touring

David Cassidy has shared the news that he's becoming affected by dementia, and plans to stop touring. "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," says the singer, now 66. "I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

Cassidy rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the Partridge Family, becoming one of the decade's most swoon-worthy teen idols. As a solo artist, his many popular singles included "Cherish," a top ten hit in 1971. (People)

H.R. recovering from brain surgery

Bad Brains singer H.R. underwent brain surgery on Tuesday to relieve crippling headaches. Though it's too soon to tell whether the procedure will relieve the symptoms, surgery went well and H.R.'s wife reports that the singer is now in recovery. (Pitchfork)

Remembering Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Classical music conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died at age 93 after suffering a stroke. The Polish-born musician led the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 to 1979, counting achievements including the construction of Orchestra Hall. As conductor laureate, Skrowaczewski frequently returned to conduct the orchestra — most recently for a program of Bruckner in October 2016. (Classical MPR)

Varsity Theater future in limbo

The Varsity Theater's music calendar has gone completely dark, observes City Pages. Venue owner Jason McLean is facing civil lawsuits from five women who say McLean abused them in the 1980s, when they were girls and McLean was working at the Children's Theatre Company. McLean failed to appear for a Jan. 24 deposition, and the plaintiffs' attorney says the theater owner is now "on the legal lam."

Chart record for the Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers’ hit "Closer," a collaboration with singer Halsey, has set a new chart record. Since last September, the song has spent a total of 26 weeks in the top five on the Hot 100, including 12 weeks at number one. That sets a new record for most time spent in the top five, breaking a tie with "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars) and "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes). (Billboard)

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