BIG Music News: Whitney Houston, Journey

WHITNEY HOUSTON:  Singer's ex-bodyguard opens up 

Five years after Whitney Houston's death, a former bodyguard claims his attempts to report her spiraling drug abuse led to his being fired.

David Roberts tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "There were a lot of people who were aware of the inevitable outcome of what would happen if they didn't take action, and as we know, they took no action. And the result was fatal."

A former British policeman, Roberts was hired to look after Houston during a 1988 visit to London. Though he admits he never saw the singer use anything beyond cigarettes or alcohol, he felt he had reasons for concern -- and that Whitney's boyfriend (and later husband) Bobby Brown was "an additional burden." Roberts says Bobby's presence led to excessive drinking by Houston and her inner circle. "Every two days there was a crate of Heineken and a bottle of Crown Royal, and every third day we were ill."

He also says Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina was "born into chaos" and "surrounded by the degenerates who were supposed to be looking after her, and I worried for her future." She died in a bathtub drowning in 2015.

Roberts also appears in the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me, which screened at New York's Tribeca Film Festival this April. (Daily Mail)

JOURNEY:  Latest on the Schon-Cain social media feud

Journey guitarist Neal Schon continues to take to social media to voice his displeasure with Jonathan Cain, the band's keyboardist, who Schon says mixes religion and politics with the band's music.

Here are his latest rants:

  • On how Journey is not Journey without any of the current members: "Sorry but not true. There's been many different reincarnations of Journey and I've been there for all of them and chose those who have come."
  • "I'm not leaving [Journey] ... just protecting."
  • "To all fans: I love and respect our legacy and will do everything to honor & protect it beyond when I'm gone. Much love and gratitude to you all."
  • "I feel very strongly about my beliefs about not one religion or politics should be involved in tarnishing the name brand Journey I've built."

While Neal and Jonathan are at least adult enough to put aside their differences for the band's current tour, Schon is already looking beyond. He tells he's talking to his former Bad English bandmate John Waite about doing a "rough and vicious" blues project.

"Journey will tour for the next two months then we will have time to think away from each other," says Schon. "I'm working and pretty much finished with my new solo album Universe, featuring Narada Michael Walden. We will definitely play some gigs after the record release in the top of 2018. We are pretty much done now. It's all promising, but I'm not done with Journey. We, or I, have much more inside me to come out. I will follow my heart."

Journey is in Tupelo, Mississippi tonight (Wednesday).

THE BEACH BOYS:  Appearing on the PBS Fourth of July special

The Beach Boys will return to Washington, D.C. to headline this year's edition of A Capitol Fourth.

Airing live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the music-and-fireworks extravaganza will be hosted by actor and part-time Beach Boys member John Stamos. He and singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray will also perform with the surf rock legends.

Other familiar names on the bill include be the current lineup of The Four Tops, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi's Blues Brothers, and The Voice season 12 winner Chris Blue.

Country music star Trace Adkins will perform his new patriotic song "Still a Soldier" for the 37th annual event, which will also be sent to U.S. forces serving around the globe -- and be streamed on Facebook Live.

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