Music News: Joey Fatone shoots down rumors of NSYNC Super Bowl reunion


NSYNC reunite at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
NSYNC reunite at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for MTV)

If you wanted to see NSYNC perform on the site of U.S. Bank Stadium, you'll need to have caught them back when they played the Metrodome in 2001. Band member Joey Fatone says there are no plans for an NSYNC reunion during Justin Timberlake’s headlining set at halftime of Super Bowl LII.

"If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now," Fatone told TMZ. "So obviously, there's your proof." He also speculated that Timberlake won't be enlisting Janet Jackson to join him at halftime, despite widespread demands from fans. "He's not that kind of person," said Fatone. "He's not controversial like that." (Billboard)

Nomadic sues Mystic Lake

If you were surprised when Mystic Lake Resort and Casino recently canceled plans for a pop-up nightclub to host big-name shows during Super Bowl week — given that the club had already been constructed — you weren't the only one. Promoter Club Nomadic has sued Mystic Lake for breach of contract, noting that Nomadic paid $2.4 million to build the club and now they'll have to pay $1 million just to tear it down. "It was a surprise when they canceled," says an attorney representing the promoter. (Star Tribune)

HomePods are headed...well, home

Apple has announced that HomePods, their much-anticipated smart speakers, will finally hit stores on Feb. 9. The speakers will run $349 each, with a promise that each will deliver "stunning audio quality wherever it's placed." How? "Beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with directional control." Oh. You'll be able to talk to Siri via the speakers, and she'll be thrilled to play Apple Music for you. She'll also play Spotify, but she'll be grumpy about it. (Billboard)

Drummer Dave Holland dies

Drummer Dave Holland has died at age 69. He played with Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989. "Despite his actions since working with the band," wrote Judas Priest in a statement, "his time with us was amongst the most productive and successful in the band's career and for that alone he shall be missed."

The reference to "actions since working with the band" alludes to Holland's conviction on charges of attempted rape and indecent assault against a 17-year-old male drum student. In 2004, he was sentenced to serve eight years in prison. (Billboard)

Slayer's goodbye tour to hit Minneapolis

Minnesotan Slayer fans hoping to say goodbye on the band's upcoming final tour will be glad to know that a Minneapolis stop has been announced: May 25, at the Armory. (Rolling Stone)

MNHS acquires Dylan poetry

The Minnesota Historical Society has acquired two handwritten pages of poetry by Bob Dylan that date to his high school days in Hibbing. "On a hand-printed piece labeled 'Good Poem,'" notes the Star Tribune, the boy then known as Robert Zimmerman "rhymes school with rule, sass with ass and pink with dink."

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