MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 16

Posted 6 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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KANYE WEST PLAYS BONNAROO

MANCHESTER, Tennessee (AP) — Six years ago, Kanye West made news at the Bonnaroo music festival by starting his first appearance at 4:30 a.m. This year he started just 10 minutes late — and acted like he should have gotten a medal for doing that.

At one point in his set, West stopped performing and repeatedly shouted: “Where the press at? Where the press at?” There were many reporters on hand — keeping watch on when he showed up. And when he finished, too. He ended his set about 20 minutes early. During his show, West not only compared himself to John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison — but declared himself the biggest rock star in the world. What’s more, he said he views himself as a cultural icon — on a par with people like Shakespeare, Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, and Henry Ford.

KELLY CLARKSON GIVES BIRTH

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson is celebrating the birth of her first child. The singer says her child was born this past Thursday. And in a Twitter post, she describes herself and her husband as being “on cloud 9.” The tweet has been confirmed by Clarkson’s rep. Clarkson is 32 — and married her husband Brandon Blackstock last year. He’s a music manager.

AXL ROSE APPEARS IN BUDWEISER COMMERCIAL

UNDATED (AP) — Axl Rose has a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in a Budweiser commercial that’s running during the World Cup. The commercial shows soccer players Gary Cahill of England, Hulk of Brazil, Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Maya Yoshida of Japan in a band playing “Paradise City.” One of them flips a guitar pick into the crowd, and Rose catches it. He then raises a beer in salute.

RUSH ACCEPT HONORARY DEGREES BY VIDEO

NORTH BAY, Ont. (AP) — Rush were proud to accept honorary degrees from Nipissing University in Ontario last week — if only they could have made it there. Singer Geddy Lee says fog prevented the band from landing in North Bay, so they had to give their acceptance speeches by video. Lee says he never thought he’d get an honor like that because he’s both a high school dropout and a rock star, but his mother will be proud to know he’s finally a doctor.

FORMER AMERICAN TOP-40 HOST CASEY KASEM DIED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He was a throwback to the time when most people listened to the same kind of music — and wanted disc jockeys to entertain and inform people — not shock them. Casey Kasem has died.

The long time radio voice of “American Top 40″ died yesterday at a hospital in Washington state. At its peak, Kasem’s show was broadcast on some 1,000 radio stations — so it was possible to hear it almost everywhere in the country. But as radio audiences became more fragmented, the show’s influence waned.

The last part of his life saw a legal battle over his whereabouts, care and treatment involving his second wife and his three grown children from his first marriage. Casey Kasem was 82.

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