Music News: Prince was 'a great supporter' of Bobby Z's heart health


Prince: The Official Prince Tribute
Bobby Z speaks to the crowd during the 'Official Prince Tribute-A Celebration of Life and Music' concert at the Xcel Energy Center on October 13, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

In a new interview with the American Heart Association, Bobby Z opens up about his two heart attacks — the second of which came two months after the Revolution reunited last fall.

The drummer previously suffered a heart attack in 2010, reuniting the Revolution for a series of benefit concerts to benefit his heart health awareness charity My Purple Heart. "Prince was the first one to call my wife when I was in the hospital. He was a great supporter of my recovery and encouraged me to do the My Purple Heart shows," says Bobby Z. "He gave us the blessing to use the Revolution name."

Bobby Z says he's planning another My Purple Heart benefit show to take place shortly before Super Bowl LII comes to Minneapolis next year.

NPG-Tidal lawsuit update

Even with much of Prince's catalog now widely available on major streaming services, a legal battle between Prince's estate and Tidal is moving forward. At issue is what, exactly, various agreements with Prince gave Jay Z’s streaming service permission to do.

The estate said that all Tidal had rights to was an exclusive 90-day streaming window for one of Prince's Hit N Run album. Tidal, however, claims that it had rights to stream Prince's entire catalog, which it did exclusively for some time. Legal filings show that Tidal is pointing to an agreement in which Prince acquired a partial ownership stake in the service, an agreement that supposedly obliged Prince to allow Tidal to stream his catalog. (Billboard)

Modern English cancel tour

Post-punk greats Modern English have canceled the entire remainder of their U.S. tour, including a planned April 5 stop at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Guitarist Gary McDowell underwent surgery in Los Angeles last week, the band say, after having an unspecified medical emergency. McDowell remains hospitalized, and the band say they hope to reschedule the tour dates after McDowell recovers. (Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Dark Side recording console sells for $1.8 million

The recording console used by Pink Floyd while recording Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road has sold at auction for $1.8 million — about twice the amount initially projected. The unknown buyer purchased the console from a producer who bought it in 1983, when the studio was updating its equipment. (Reverb)

John Lydon on Trump and Brexit

John Lydon says he stands with the British working class who drove the controversial "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union. "The working class have spoke, and I'm one of them, and I'm with them," said the former Sex Pistol in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

Lydon, who's now a U.S. citizen, further said that President Donald Trump — whose surprise election was seen to be driven by forces similar to those that resulted in the Brexit vote — could be a friend. "There's many, many problems with him as a human being," said Lydon, "but he's not that, and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation, because he terrifies politicians. And this is joy to behold." (Pitchfork)

Chance seeks intern

Chance the Rapper tweeted on Monday that he's "looking for an intern, someone with experience in putting together decks and writing proposals." As Billboard notes, "Immediately after his message was sent out, thousands of tweets quickly surfaced. Students flooded Chance's timeline with reasons why they are the best choice for his internship."

Dave Davies phones home

Dave Davies of the Kinks has had "several experiences seeing UFOs," he tells Vulture. "It was really interesting. I saw them in north Devon in England — lights and zigzags in the skies. Then when I started to dig deeper into my experience, I understood I was also getting communications — psychic impressions — from aliens."

He also indicates that he can communicate telepathically with his brother Ray Davies, but he can't see the future — so there's no word on whether or not there will ever be another Kinks album.

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