Music News: Seeing two concerts a month can add nine years to your life, says study


Fans watching Of Montreal at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Did these Of Montreal fans at the Cedar Cultural Center just add 2.4 days to their lives? Let's go ahead and say yes. (Maddy Fox for MPR)

Seeing a concert every two weeks can add nine years to your life, according to a new British study. Here's the logic: people attending live music reported striking rises in their feelings of well-being. On average, people at concerts saw their well-being soar at twice the level of people doing yoga and three times the level of people taking dogs for a walk.

Since well-being is associated with longevity, behavioral scientist Patrick Fagan crunched the numbers and concluded that seeing live music is potentially a powerful way to increase your lifespan.

Of course, the study was funded by the O2, which describes itself as "the world's most popular music and entertainment venue," so those findings might just possibly be a little overstated. (NME)

Remembering Yvonne Staples

Singer Yvonne Staples has died at age 80. She sang baritone in the Staple Singers, alongside other members of the family band including her father Pops Staples and her sister Mavis Staples. Yvonne is heard on iconic songs including "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There," and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 as a member of the Staple Singers. (Consequence of Sound)

Dire Straits won't reunite for Rock Hall

It's looking like Dire Straits fans won't see a reunion when the British band, whose core members haven't played together in over 15 years, are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday. Both bandleader Mark Knopfler and rhythm guitarist David Knopfler (Mark's brother) have said they don't plan to attend the ceremony, though Mark did say he hopes the band are inducted by Bob Dylan or Eric Clapton. (Billboard)

U2 "Claw" to land at Utah aquarium

On U2’s 360° Tour, which included a 2011 performance at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the band played in the round underneath a giant armature variously called "the Claw" or "the Spaceship." There were two "Claws" manufactured, and one of them is now headed to Draper, Utah, where it will go on permanent display at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

Why an aquarium? "This landmark will shine a light on our mission to inspire people to explore, discover, and learn about Earth's diverse ecosystems," explains the aquarium's founder Brent Andersen. A GoFundMe campaign to support the aquarium's expansion adds that the Claw "will serve as a community gathering space and come alive with special events, immersive hands-on interactive exhibits, outdoor animal habitats, imaginative play areas, and much more."

According to the aquarium, this will make it the only Claw to take up permanent residence in the United States. U2 haven't yet announced what will happen to their other remaining Claw. (Spin)

Yodeling Walmart kid goes on Ellen, plans returns to Walmart, inspires surge of interest in Hank Williams

11-year-old Mason Ramsey has done more for Hank Williams than even a Tom Hiddleston biopic managed to. After video of Ramsey singing "Lovesick Blues" a capella in Walmart went viral, Williams's original recording climbed Spotify's charts. Ramsey performed the song on Ellen this Tuesday, demonstrating that he can also accompany himself on guitar.

Now, on Wednesday, he'll return to that Harrisburg, Illinois Walmart for a public concert. Think he'll take any requests?

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