Music News: Wendy Melvoin on Revolution tour: 'No one will ever be Prince'

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Wendy Melvoin performs with the Revolution
Wendy Melvoin performs with the Revolution at First Avenue on Sept. 3, 2016 (Steven Cohen for MPR)

On Monday, the Revolution announced that they're expanding their previously announced four-date run of shows to a national 24-show tour.

The band's Wendy Melvoin spoke extensively with Rolling Stone, explaining that she and Lisa Coleman turned down "very famous artists" who wanted to play Prince’s songs with them immediately after his death. "We can't," Melvoin says they responded. "We can't play his music with you before we've played it with the Revolution."

Melvoin says the tour may include guest vocal appearances by artists who "who loved him [Prince] deeply," but emphasizes that "No one's going to be Prince. No one will ever be Prince, and none of us in the band are going to try and be him. You can't. It's just not going to happen."

Chance donates a million dollars to public education

Chance the Rapper says he'll donate $1 million to support arts education in the Chicago Public Schools. The announcement came amidst a pitched dispute over how the city and/or state will address a funding gap that may force Chicago Public Schools to end their academic year 13 days early. After meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week to discuss education funding, Chance said he was "disappointed by the governor's vague answers," reports WBEZ.

Monday, the rapper announced the donation in a press conference at Chicago's Westcott Elementary School. "Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions," he said. (Pitchfork)

Jack White has a bowling ball for Bob Dylan

In a New Yorker profile, Jack White speaks at length about his Detroit youth, the White Stripes, and his many current projects — but the detail that most captivated music fans was the revelation that at White's Nashville house, he "has a three-lane bowling alley, where he keeps racks of balls for friends. Each dedicated ball has a name tag, and some of the balls are painted fancifully — Bob Dylan’s has a portrait of John Wayne."

Mike Love recalls a brush with Charles Manson

In a trailer for a new Charles Manson documentary, Mike Love remembers being confronted by the notorious cult leader. "Charlie Manson stood there and looked up at me and said, 'You can't leave the group,'" Love recalls — presumably referring to the Beach Boys, whose member Dennis Wilson was introduced to Manson by some of the cult leader's acolytes. Dennis Wilson ultimately hosted Manson and 17 of his female followers in Wilson's home for a period in 1968 — he even financed recordings on which aspiring rock star Manson collaborated with Dennis's bandmates and brothers Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson. Tracks from those sessions remain unreleased.

Truth and Lies: The Family Manson premieres on ABC on March 17. (Rolling Stone)

Nick Cave announces new greatest-hits compilation

Nick Cave has announced a new career-spanning compilation: Lovely Creatures — The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014, out May 5.

"The collection will come in a variety of formats, like standard 2CD with 21 tracks, a triple vinyl LP and a deluxe 3CD/1DVD package armed with 45 songs and a two-hour DVD filled with 'rare and unseen footage,'" reports Rolling Stone. "The most noteworthy is the Super Deluxe Limited Edition, which comes with 'a 256 page hardcover book containing original essays, candid and personal photos taken by the band, family and friends, and reproductions of band memorabilia,' along with the 3CDs and 1DVD."

Sean Lennon records Carrie Fisher song with Willow Smith. Wait, what?

Sean Lennon, a longtime friend of the late Carrie Fisher, has shared a song he says he and Fisher co-wrote "years ago [...] about staying up too late and hearing the birds sing." Lennon has newly recorded the number, "Bird Song," with Willow Smith joining in on vocals. (Pitchfork)

A grim piece of music history goes up for sale

The owner of a BMW SUV is seeking $1.5 million for the vehicle, in which the Notorious B.I.G. was fatally shot in March 1997. Remarkably, the owner acquired the SUV at auction in fall 1997, completely unaware of its dark history. She used it as a family vehicle, only learning of the car's provenance in 2005. Los Angeles police replace the bullet-ridden door before selling the vehicle, but now say they will return that door to the buyer. (Billboard)

Retire to Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett is expanding his Margaritaville empire, which already encompasses a chain of restaurants, hotels, resorts, and casinos — as well as clothing, food, and drinks. Now, the famously laid-back singer-songwriter is opening a series of Margaritaville retirement homes.

Marketed to seniors who plan to "grow older, but not up," the homes will include "exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife." If you're 55 or older, you can buy your very own home in Margaritaville for a price starting at around $200,000. The first of Buffett's retirement communities is planned for Daytona Beach, Fla., and the proprietors say they've already had interest from over 10,000 people. (Billboard)


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