Plans for Aretha Franklin's celebration of life coming together

ARETHA FRANKLIN:  Plans coming together for celebration of life

Aretha Franklin's life will be celebrated over several days at least two separate venues.

According to Detroit's WXYZ TV, the public will be welcome to the viewing of Franklin's body at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

But the actual funeral service will be limited to family and close friends -- it will be held at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

The sepcific dates for the viewing and service have yet to be announced. 

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Daryl Hall: "Aretha was truly the ‘Queen of Soul.' Young, Gifted and Black is one of my all time favorite albums. Her gospel, soul singing was beyond compare. NOBODY like her!"

Darlene Love writes in Rolling Stone, "The greatest thing...was that she always did exactly what she wanted, no matter what anybody else said. After she left Columbia Records and went to Atlantic, she was like, 'This is the way I sing. This is the way I perform.' As we say in the business, 'And the rest is history.' She never changed for anybody. That’s something I really loved about her... It’s a cliche to say something like there will be another Aretha, but it’s so true. She was one of a kind. There are people who can mimic her, but nobody can ever be her. As I said to my husband the other day, she was a master class. Just being in her presence was like attending a master class."

BACKSTREET BOYS:  14 injured from storm at canceled Oklahoma show

At least 14 people were injured Saturday at a sold-out Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma that was canceled due to severe weather.

High winds, as strong as 80 miles-per-hour, knocked over trusses at the entrance of the outdoor venue hosting the show, also featuring fellow retro-boy band act 98 Degrees. The venue was evacuated at about 5 p.m. as the storm, which included lightning, approached. Approximately 150 people in line did not follow those warnings.

The Backstreet Boys tweeted, "We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!" (KMBC News 9)

ERIC CLAPTON:  It'll be a Slowhand Christmas this year

Eric Clapton's next release will be a Christmas album in October.

Happy Xmas mixes standards, lesser-known songs and one new original called "For Love on Christmas Day."

Clapton explains, "I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals. The one that became the foundational style is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.”

Clapton drew the cover -- a quick caricature of Santa Claus.

A deluxe edition of the album will be packaged with pop-up art, an ornament, a seven-inch picture disc and more.

Happy Xmas will be out on October 12th.

Happy Xmas track list:

  1. White Christmas
  2. Away in a Manger (Once in Royal David’s City)
  3. For Love on Christmas Day
  4. Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday
  5. Christmas Tears
  6. Home for the Holidays
  7. Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii)
  8. Christmas in My Hometown
  9. It’s Christmas
  10. Sentimental Moments
  11. Lonesome Christmas
  12. Silent Night
  13. Merry Christmas Baby
  14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

AEROSMITH:  Set to perform on the MTV Video Music Awards

Aerosmith will do something Monday the band hasn't done since 1994 -- perform on the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The five members of Aerosmith have a combined age of 337 and could be the grandfathers (at least) of the other stars on the show: Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Panic! at the Disco and Cardi B. Perhaps they will have some generational consolation by the appearance of 49-year old Jennifer Lopez.

This is Aerosmith's fourth performance on the show, which awarded the group 10 Moonman trophies between 1990 and '98.

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE:  Marty Balin files a lawsuit

Original Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin has filed a lawsuit against a New York City hospital, claiming that his post-surgery care was botched and caused him permanent damage.

Balin, who is now 76, was in New York for a performance in March 2016 when he suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

The suit argues that the “personnel in charge knew that the hospital was inadequately staffed, particularly in the recovery unit where Mr. Balin was sent after undergoing open heart surgery.” Balin underwent a tracheotomy that damaged his tongue and vocal cords and his left thumb was amputated after an intravenous line caused an infection. He also developed bedsores and suffered kidney damage that now has him requiring dialysis.

The suit says, “Mr. Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with fully functional left hand. By the time he was finally released he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly. He also has a paralyzed vocal cord; a necrotic left hand with no thumb; and...has never recovered properly.”

On the other hand, Balin recently told an interviewer, “That was a hell of a two years. It was a pain in the butt, but I’m doing good now. I’m writing songs right and left and I’m finishing two new albums, and the guys in my band are eager to get back on the road.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

On October 21st, Balin will be honored at the Milley Awards in his old hometown of Mill Valley, California. He says, “Getting a Milley is cool. I lived in Mill Valley for 30 some years and had never heard of a Milley.” Balin now lives in Tampa, Florida.

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