Music News: Fillmore music theater planned near Target Field

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Target Field light rail station, across from the planned music venue (Courtesy of Hennepin County)

New details have emerged about a music venue planned for an entertainment complex being constructed near Target Field in Minneapolis. As the Star Tribune reports, "the venue would be modeled and named for San Francisco's famous Fillmore rock theater." That's right, we'll have our own version of the venue that promoter Bill Graham turned into a hub of counterculture music in the '60s, home to legendary gigs by bands like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band.

The Minneapolis Fillmore is being built by a company called United Properties, with Live Nation set to manage the 2,000-capacity venue that's expected to host about 150 live events each year. (For comparison, that's larger than First Ave's Mainroom, but smaller than the Palace Theatre.) If everything goes according to plan, the $45 million complex will also include a Westin extended-stay hotel and a restaurant named BG's — in honor of Graham. The complex would be located at N. 5th St. and 6th Ave. N., right across the lawn from the Target Field Green Line station. The project is still in the planning process, so it's too soon to say when construction might start or when the venue might open. (Star Tribune)

Remembering Anita Pallenberg and Rosalie Sorrels

Actor and model Anita Pallenberg has died, of undisclosed causes, at age 75. That name might not mean much to you — unless you're a serious fan of the Rolling Stones. Pallenberg met the Stones in the mid-1960s when the Italian-German Pallenberg snuck into one of their shows in Munich. She ended up dating guitarist Brian Jones, and then Keith Richards. Pallenberg and Richards had three children together, one of whom died of pneumonia as an infant.

Pallenberg remained in the Stones orbit for her entire life, staying close with Richards even after they ended their romantic relationship. She costarred with Mick Jagger in a 1970 crime drama called Performance, and she also had a supporting role in Jane Fonda’s Barbarella. She was also a familiar face at Andy Warhol’s Factory.

In a statement regarding her death, Richards called Pallenberg "a most remarkable woman. Always in my heart." (Rolling Stone)

Folksinger Rosalie Sorrels has also died, at the age of 83. While she never became famous, Sorrels was revered in folk circles after breaking out at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. She also played at Woodstock. Her songs — often centered on her personal life, including marital struggles and child-raising — became a particular touchstone for the generation of female folksingers who rose to prominence in the 1980s. Nanci Griffith paid tribute to Sorrels's touring life as a single mother in the song "Ford Econoline." (New York Times)

Ariana Grande to become honorary citizen of Manchester

Residents of Manchester, England have been deeply moved by the kindness and strong spirit of pop star Ariana Grande since the deadly May 22 terrorist attack on her concert there. Her all-star "One Love Manchester" concert raised millions to support a relief fund, and now Sir Richard Leese, who leads the Manchester city council, is asking the council to give Grande an unprecedented honor.

"We've all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May, with love and courage rather than hatred and fear," said Leese, according to the BBC. "Ariana Grande exemplified this response. I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian and we would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official."

The honor would make Grande the first person ever to be named an honorary resident of the northern England city that's well-known to music fans for having produced bands including the Smiths and Oasis.

Grammys launch online voting, review committees for rap and other genres

Looking to keep up with the times, the Recording Academy is set to launch online voting for Grammys voters. The organization is also instituting review committees for rap, contemporary instrumental, and new age categories. The review committees will work to ensure that nominees are more representative of the best work being created each year in those genres — in particular, serving to "eliminate the potential for a popularity bias that puts emerging artists, independent music, and late-year releases at a disadvantage." (Pitchfork)

Gene Simmons trying to patent devil horns

Can you trademark a hand gesture? Gene Simmons would like to — and no, not that one. Simmons has filed an application to trademark the "devil horns" hand gesture, which he says he invented during a KISS show on Nov. 14, 1974. Simmons describes the devil-horns as "a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." (Pitchfork)


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