NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young doesn’t want his “Rockin’ In The Free World” used by Donald Trump’s campaign. The song blared as Trump arrived on stage at his presidential campaign kickoff announcement yesterday. Young says the Republican didn’t have permission to use the music. Young is backing Bernie Sanders for president. Young won’t be voting, though. He’s a Canadian citizen.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Rush are on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone, which is a big deal because Rolling Stone never put them on the cover before. Even Rolling Stone acknowledges it’s a big deal. The magazine announced the cover by saying, “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: Rush have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone and it’s happening well before the actual year 2112.” Meanwhile, Rush will perform in Toronto tonight and on Friday and the shows will be filmed for later release.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit mansion where Motown founder Berry Gordy Junior used to live is for sale. The Detroit Free Press reports the Italian Renaissance house on 2.2 acres is on the market for $1.295 million. It has a main residence that’s more than 10,000 square feet and a 4,400-square-foot pool house. It has 10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, a bowling alley and a stage in the basement ballroom that Gordy set up for his Motown friends. Gordy owned the house for 35 years but didn’t visit much after he moved Motown Records to Los Angeles. It’s currently owned by a lawyer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems like everyone who saw Prince perform at the White House this weekend was talking about it on social media, except for the White House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest refuses to confirm that Prince played a party for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Earnest will only say the Obamas threw the party on their own dime but won’t say how much it cost. The Reverend Al Sharpton tweeted it was awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder perform together.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Bono is taking a day off from the U2 tour to take in meetings with Canadian lawmakers. Bono was in Ottawa yesterday to talk with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as opposition leaders. Bono wanted to discuss foreign aid and maternal and child health aid projects in Africa and in other areas. Harper’s office says Bono requested the meeting.
LONDON (AP) — Van Morrison will be granted knighthood. Queen Elizabeth will bestow the honor upon Morrison for his services to music and tourism in Northern Ireland. It was announced on Friday as part of the queen’s Birthday Honors list.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Manilow will return as headliner for the Independence Day celebration on Washington’s National Mall. KC and the Sunshine Band, Alabama, Hunter Hayes, Nicole Scherzinger and Meghan Linsey from “The Voice” will also perform. The show will air as “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS stations.
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Nile Rodgers is getting some of his famous friends to play his very own festival. Rodgers will host the FreakOut! Festival in Riverhead, New York, on August 4 and 5. The lineup includes Beck, Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Q-Tip, Keith Urban and Pharrell Williams. Rodgers plans to collaborate with every artist who performs.
NEW YORK (AP) — John Fogerty feels a little weird about calling his autobiography “Fortunate Son,” but he’s taking a different approach to those words. Fogerty says the song “Fortunate Son” was a harsh look at the sons of rich families who escaped the draft during the Vietnam war or were sent to places that weren’t dangerous. He says he calls his book “Fortunate Son” because he has been very fortunate in living his dream to make music. He says that’s his take on the phrase now. Fogerty’s book will come out in October.
NEW YORK (AP) — A handwritten Jim Morrison poem that eerily foretells of his death is for sale. The poem was written on the last page torn out of a notebook with phrases like, “Last words, last words out,” and “I have drunk the drug of forgetfulness.” The notebook originally was intact but broken apart and sold through the years. It was found among Morrison’s possessions in the Paris hotel room where he died in 1971. Auctioneer Paddle8 says bidding is expected to go as high as $80,000. The auction ends June 25.