Music News: Petitioners want a Prince statue to replace Columbus at Minnesota State Capitol


Christopher Columbus statue
A historical postcard depicted the Christopher Columbus statue by Charles Brioschi with the Minnesota Capitol in the background. (Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society)

Monuments across the country have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, and some Minnesotans want to see a statue of Christopher Columbus removed from the grounds of the State Capitol due to the explorer's treatment of Native Americans. What would take the place of Columbus? Over two thousand signatories to an online petition would like to see a statue of Prince go up instead.

"Replace Columbus Statue with a Prince Statue and One Chosen by the Native Community," requests the headline of the petition, which goes on to say, "We, the undersigned, up submit that the Governor Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature replace the statue of Columbus with statues representative of Minnesota's Black and Native communities."

Under a subheading for "Why is this important?" the petition simply states, "Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not." (City Pages)

Dylan doc to feature footage from gospel era

A new Bob Dylan documentary will feature lost footage from the 1979-80 tour behind Slow Train Coming, the first of three explicitly Christian-themed albums Dylan released in the late '70s and early '80s.

"Directed by Jennifer Lebeau," notes Rolling Stone, "Trouble No More’s uncovered footage has all been newly restored, with Luc Sarte-penned sermons read by actor Michael Shannon interspersed throughout the live video. Dylan is rumored to be working on a Bootleg Series release dedicated to his gospel years."

The hour-long documentary will premiere during next month's New York Film Festival.

Tim McGraw plays on Lake Minnetonka

While country star Tim McGraw was in Minnesota for two shows with Faith Hill at the Xcel Energy Center, he took a trip out to Lake Minnetonka for a private charity fundraiser on Sunday afternoon.

Several hundred guests attended the event, reports the Star Tribune — some by boat. The show was a benefit for a nonprofit supporting the families of service members killed or injured in the line of duty.

The venue was the home of Peter Taunton, founder of Snap Fitness. "The 50-year-old McGraw has joined forces with Chanhassen-based Snap Fitness to open a line of fitness centers that reflect his music and workouts," reports the Star Tribune.

Mastodon appeared on Game of Thrones

You couldn't miss Eddie Vedder on Sunday night's episode of Twin Peaks, even though he was introduced by his birth name of Edward Louis Severson.

A musical cameo that was harder to catch, though, happened in the Game of Thrones finale. Among the White Walkers were three members of the heavy metal band Mastodon. As NME notes, "They previously appeared as wildlings in season 5 of the show as well as contributing a song titled 'White Walker' to 2015's Catch the Throne: Volume II mixtape, commissioned by HBO."

Mac Demarco goes VR

Mac Demarco has released a VR video for his song "This Old Dog." As NME notes, "The video was created by multimedia artist Rachel Rossin and features pugs, toilets and all sorts of other strange and wonderful things."

Metallica share Gaga rehearsal footage

Metallica have shared footage of rehearsals with Lady Gaga for their joint performance on this year's Grammys. Unfortunately, a technical snafu marred the actual performance on the Feb. 12 awards ceremony; this is the second rehearsal video shared by the band to give fans an idea of how the performance was supposed to go. (Rolling Stone)

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