Another week has come and gone, and there’s bound to be a few music news headlines you’ve missed. So for your Saturday morning, coffee-drinking, reading pleasure, here are a few stray news items to help bring you up to speed.
LIL WAYNE IS NEAR DEATH…WAIT. WHAT?
To be sure, it’s no joking matter—the fact is, Lil Wayne had another seizure yesterday, and was hospitalized for it in Los Angeles. But beyond that, it’s been difficult to discern truth from fiction. TMZ first broke a story that set social media on fire, making claims that Weezy had been shaking uncontrollably, that his family was gathered around him crying, that he was in an induced coma…there might even have been a mention of last rites somewhere. After several Tweets and announcements from the Wayne camp debunking those reports, TMZ backed off some of its claims, but still maintains its sources say he is in critical condition, howbeit recovering.
Meanwhile, Weezy’s Young Money Entertainment president Mack Maine took to Twitter claiming that reports about comas and breathing tubes were “nonsense,” and that Weezy was watching the Syracuse game (interestingly, these Tweets came out just after midnight on Saturday morning—was Syracuse playing then?). About an hour later, a Tweet appeared on Weezy’s official feed: “I’m good, everybody. Thx for prayers and love.” Wherever the actual truth rests, we hope Lil Wayne recovers soon.
MORRISSEY CANCELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DUE TO LINGERING HEALTH PROBLEMS
When it comes to being in the news for the wrong reasons, Morrissey can’t seem to catch a break lately. Either he’s stirring up controversy over his views on eating meat (including cancelling an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel), or he’s cancelling shows due to what appears to be a multitude of health issues. This week, the latter came into focus again. After briefly resuming his tour, Morrissey postponed his San Francisco appearance to be treated for double pneumonia. Now, as of yesterday, it appears that the Morrissey camp has decided to scrap the remainder of the tour completely—a total of 22 remaining dates. Our best wishes to Morrissey as he continues to heal.
GREEN DAY PLAY “TRIUMPHANT” COMEBACK SHOW AT SXSW
On the lighter side…When Billy Joe Armstrong had his drunken, guitar-smashing meltdown at the iHeart On Music Festival last fall—an event which led to him entering rehab and Green Day coming off the road—his parting shot was “We’ll be back.” Now out of rehab and rarin’ to go, Armstrong and Green Day are making good on that promise. With their tour officially resuming Mar. 28, Green Day played their first-ever show this week at SXSW, playing their hearts out before a packed house at the ACL Moody Theatre, in a show which Billboard described as a “triumphant night for the group.” Green Day was not just there to perform; the band premiered also premiered two documentaries at the film festival portion of SXSW, Broadway Idiot and Cuatro! All we can say is—welcome back, boys.
Enjoy your weekend!