Music News: Peter Frampton apologizes for Minnesota meltdown

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Peter Frampton performs at Madison Square Garden in 2015.
Peter Frampton performs at Madison Square Garden in 2015. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Blackbird)

Peter Frampton has apologized "over and over" to a Minnesota fan for losing his temper at a recent show. During a July 23 performance at Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Frampton cursed and stormed offstage after his show's video screens cut to shots of attendee Sherry Tupa holding copies of his old records aloft. Frampton returned to the stage to finish the show, but only after the video screens were deactivated.

Tupa says that on Wednesday night she got a call from Frampton, who "was so humble and sweet" and "apologized over and over" for the way he handled the situation. Frampton then insisted that she send her copy of Frampton Comes Alive for him to sign. Frampton's will actually be the second signature on the record cover: Tupa already had the operator of the suddenly controversial camera sign his own name on the album. (Star Tribune)

Quincy Jones wins MJ lawsuit

Quincy Jones, perhaps Michael Jackson’s most consequential collaborator, has prevailed in a lawsuit against the King of Pop's estate. A Los Angeles jury awarded the superproducer $9.4 million in damages, agreeing with Jones's claim that he's been underpaid for the use of music in the posthumous film This Is It and two Cirque du Soleil shows. In a statement after the verdict, Jones emphasized that his suit was about artists' rights and fair payment, and didn't reflect any regrets or negative feelings about his work with Jackson. (New York Times)

Mercury Prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist of contenders for this year's Mercury Prize has been revealed. The xx, Alt-J, Glass Animals, and Kate Tempest are among the 12 finalists for the prize, given each year to an outstanding British album. There's no question which album on the shortlist won the popularity contest: that would be Ed Sheeran’s d, which has been so wildly successful that the U.K. singles chart had to change its metric to avoid the kind of domination Sheeran achieved. The prize winner will be announced on Sept. 14. (Rolling Stone)

Minneapolis Armory to host big shows around Super Bowl

The Minneapolis Armory, currently being renovated as a multi-use event venue, has been named "Club Nomad" for Super Bowl LII. The company Nomadic Entertainment, which routinely hosts major concerts associated with Super Bowls, will be making use of the Armory this winter for concerts with up to 8,400 attendees. Who will play? That's yet to be announced, but last year's "Club Nomad" — a tent in Houston — hosted Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.

The venue will have a GA floor and two rings of suites. "For the Super Bowl concerts, the first ring of suites will be used by corporate event sponsors and 2,000 of their guests. The second, higher ring, will be similar to a Las Vegas club, with bottle and table service," reports the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The British Invasion continues

This week's seen new music from members of both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Ringo Starr’s new single, "We're On the Road Again," features his former bandmate Paul McCartney — not to mention Edgar Winter and members of Toto and the Eagles. Talk about an all-Starr track.

Starr's new album, Give More Love, comes out Sept. 15. Hear the new track via Rolling Stone.

Meanwhile, Mick Jagger surprised the world by dropping two new songs — plus videos, and a Skepta remix to boot. As you might guess from the titles, "England Lost" and "Get a Grip" are both influenced by the current political environment, with Brexit looming. Introducing the songs on Beats 1, Jagger also confirmed that the Stones have been in the studio recording all-new songs for an album. "We'll keep working on it until we get it right." (Billboard)

Margo Price drops surprise EP

Not to be outdone, Margo Price also dropped surprise new music — an entire EP, in her case. The four-song Weakness was recorded in the Memphis studio where Sam Phillips moved his operations in 1960 after outgrowing the original Sun Studios space. (NPR)


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