Music News: Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, more announce tours

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Janelle Monae attends Vanity Fair's Oscars afterparty, 2018.
Janelle Monae attends Vanity Fair's Oscars afterparty, 2018. (JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)

Several highly-anticipated tours have been announced over the past couple of days. Let's start with the good news: a few of the biggest have Minnesota stops planned.

Janelle Monáe announced a tour behind her forthcoming LP Dirty Computer, already building buzz as likely one of the best albums of the year. Her tour kicks off June 11 in Seattle, and stops at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on July 3. She also shared a new video for her single "I Like That." (Pitchfork)

CHVRCHES will be at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul on Oct. 3 as part of an international jaunt that begins May 26 in Wales — a day after the release of their new album Love is Dead. (Billboard) And let's not forget Deep Purple and Judas Priest, who are co-headline a North American tour that hits Treasure Island Casino on Sept. 20. (Billboard)

A few other notable tours, though, are passing Minnesota by. Janet Jackson made most of her hits in Minneapolis, but she won't be playing in town on a short U.S. tour that opens July 11 in Austin, Texas. (Billboard) Nor will Garbage be gracing us with a performance on their tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Version 2.0. Fans of that album, though, can celebrate by picking up a deluxe reissue that includes a disc of B-sides. (Billboard)

We already knew that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s final tour, which opens in Florida on May 4, wouldn't be coming through Minnesota. The tour's in the news again, though, because the band have booked one additional, final show in their hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 2. Think they'll get any requests? (Rolling Stone)

Prince's family sue hospital

Prince’s siblings are suing Trinity Medical Center, the Illinois facility that treated the star on April 15, 2016, after he became unconscious on a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis and had to make an emergency landing. The suit also names physician Nicole F. Mancha, charging that the doctor and the hospital were negligent in failing to diagnose and properly treat the opioid addition that led to Prince's death less than a week later.

The family may have a tough case given that Prince refused all testing after being revived by two-shots of an anti-overdose medication, but the suit notes that the hospital failed to chemically examine the pills Prince had taken. They appeared to be standard doses of prescription medication, but testing after Prince's death revealed that some of the pills he possessed were in fact black-market pills containing much stronger ingredients. (New York Times)

Kanye, Shania praise Trump

Kanye West and Shania Twain don't have much in common, but there is this: they've both recently praised President Donald Trump. Radio host Ebro Darden says that he recently talked with West, who remains a strong supporter of the man he met with in Trump Tower in 2016. (Billboard)

While West isn't walking anything back, Twain is. After telling the Guardian that she would have voted for the "honest" politician if she were American, the Canadian singer-songwriter posted a thread of tweets saying that "I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it's clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current president." (BuzzFeed)

"No criminal suspicion" in Avicii's death

The cause of Avicii’s death at age 28 remains unknown to the public, but authorities in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, where the superstar died, say that they have ruled out any "criminal suspicion" in Avicii's death. Members of the producer's family have arrived in Oman and are expected to transport his remains back to his native Sweden. (Rolling Stone)

Billy Corgan: "I'm actually more dangerous than I've ever been"

"I feel a little bit like a spy in the henhouse," says Billy Corgan. "I'm actually very dangerous right now because I am totally free. It's weird to say it but I know it and that's it."

To clarify, the Smashing Pumpkins leader seemed to be referring to artistic freedom in the recent interview with the Creative Independent. "Look," he continued, "I'm going to make something. I'm going to know that it's valuable and I'm so certain of its value that it doesn't matter if anybody values it. That is the ultimate freedom."

Minnesotans can see this very free man with a mostly-reunited Smashing Pumpkins at the Xcel Energy Center on August 19. (NME)


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