Music News: Joan Baez says 2018 will be final year of touring

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Joan Baez at Carnegie Hall in November 2017.
Joan Baez at Carnegie Hall in November 2017. (Kevin Kane/Getty Images for UNDP)

Joan Baez says that 2018 will be her final year of touring, as the music legend hits the road on a "Fare Thee Well Tour." The only shows announced so far, through August, are in Europe, but her website promises more dates to come.

The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is supporting the March 2 release of her 25th studio album. Whistle Down the Wind includes covers of songs by ANOHNI, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Tom Waits (the title track). (Pitchfork)

Eminem, the Killers, Muse to headline Bonnaroo

Here are your 2018 Bonnaroo headliners: Eminem, the Killers, and Muse. Bon Iver will also perform two "unique sets" at the festival; other scheduled artists include Mavis Staples, Alt-J, Broken Social Scene, Kaskade, Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dua Lipa, T-Pain, and Chromeo. (Rolling Stone)

The Weeknd splits with H&M over "deeply offensive" photo

Pop R&B star the Weeknd has split with retailer H&M after being "deeply offended" by a photo on the company's website. Formerly, the Weeknd appeared in ads for the chain and collaborated with H&M on his XO brand of clothing.

Questlove was also among the musicians criticizing the image, which depicts a young black boy wearing a hoodie that says "coolest monkey in the jungle." The Swedish company made a statement apologizing for the image and saying they wouldn't be selling the sweatshirt in the United States.

"We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues," said the retailer. (Rolling Stone)

JT to offer unusual VIP perk

Justin Timberlake has announced a 27-city tour in support of his forthcoming album Man of the Woods. There's no tour stop in Minnesota, but the pop star will be making the highest-profile performance of his career here next month, when he provides the Super Bowl's halftime entertainment.

One unusual perk on Timberlake's tour: buyers of the "Stage Bar" VIP experience will be seated on their own barstools "right up against the center stage." Yes, drinks will be served — and heck yeah, the package also includes a commemorative laminate, among other perks. (Billboard)

Dozens arrested for drug possession while boarding EDM cruise

On Saturday, over two dozen people were nabbed for drug possession while boarding a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida. They were getting ready to attend an onboard music festival called Holy Ship!, featuring artists like A-Trak and Baauer. Among those arrested was one of the scheduled performers: DJ and producer Gina Turner.

Billboard notes that Turner "denied the charges in an address to fans via Twitter, claiming that she only carried marijuana, for which she has a medical card, and that the other charges were for false test readings on natural vitamins."

Otis Redding tribute planned for Apollo Theater

On Jan. 25, the Otis Redding Foundation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with a tribute concert at the Apollo Theater. Whoopi Goldberg will host the concert, which will feature performances by artists including Michelle Williams, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Dap-Kings, and Aloe Blacc. A particularly special guest will be Steve Cropper, the song's co-writer. Redding's widow Zelma Redding says she's "overjoyed" that the concert will take place at one of her husband's favorite venues. (Billboard)

Three-quarters of R.E.M. reunite

As Willamette Week notes, the supergroup Filthy Friends — featuring Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Peter Buck of R.E.M. — got "even more super" this past weekend in Portland when they were joined by Buck's former bandmates Mike Mills and Bill Berry to play "a mini-set of R.E.M. classics, including 'The One I Love,' '(Don't Go Back to) Rockville,' 'Superman,' 'Texarkana,' 'I Believe' and 'You Are the Everything,' with the DecemberistsColin Meloy and [James] Mercer [of the Shins], respectively, handling vocal duties on the last two."

It was all part of a benefit for longtime R.E.M. collaborator Scott McCaughey, who suffered a stroke last fall.

Kendrick captivates Atlanta

What would Donald Trump make of a performance by Kendrick Lamar? One day we may learn, but that day was not Monday: the president reportedly left Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium before Lamar presented the first star performance ever held at the college football playoffs. Lamar's four-song set included three numbers from his acclaimed LP DAMN. in addition to a new single titled "All the Stars." (Rolling Stone)


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