Arcade Fire led a parade in David Bowie’s honour and shut down New Orleans

The band were honouring the man they attribute their success to

Arcade Fire led a street parade through the streets of New Orleans to commemorate the passing of David Bowie.

Last week, the Canadian band announced their tribute to the musician, requesting fans turn up wearing their “best Bowie outfit or something more strange.”

In a statement following the musician’s passing, Arcade Fire said: “David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions.

“He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth.

“We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives.”

Led by frontman Win Butler and Preservation Jazz Hall Band, hundreds of fans assembled on New Orleans’ St. Peter Street where the packed streets sang Bowie’s songs – including “Oh! You Pretty Things”, “Suffragette City” and “Heroes” – in unison.

Arcade Fire joined Bowie for his penultimate live performance back in 2005 where the acts duetted on their track “Wake Up” at Radio City music hall in New York. In 2013, Bowie featured on the band’s record, Reflektor.

Bowie’s final album Blackstar reached number one in both the UK and US charts at the weekend.

Another Griz Win

Grizzlies survive Pelicans in MLK game

MEMPHIS, Tenn-Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the balanced Memphis Grizzlies topped the New Orleans Pelicans 101-99 on Monday.

Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee also had 16 points apiece for Memphis, which has won three in a row and five of six. Mike Conley added 15 points and 10 assists in his return from a six-game absence due to a sore Achilles.

Lee converted a free throw with 3.5 seconds left. He missed the second one, but Gasol tapped the ball into the backcourt, and Barnes let it roll until time expired.

Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 23 points and nine assists. Anthony Davis finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Ryan Anderson added 14 points.

Grizzly Adams star, Dan Haggerty, dead at 74

LENNY ANN LOW Last updated 14:42, January 17 2016

Dan Haggerty, the star of 1970s movie and TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, has died. He was 74.

A diagnosis of spine cancer was reportedly made after the actor had surgery for back pain five months ago.

His manager, Terry Bomar, said Haggerty died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Centre in Burbank, California.

“I talked to him yesterday and told him we’re praying for him,” Bomar told CNN on Friday. “I told him ‘I love you, man.’ The last thing I heard him say was “I love you’.”

The US star became famous after playing the bearded, rugged frontiersman, loosely based on a real-life 19th-century California mountain man, John Capen Adams, in a low-budget, hit 1974 movie.

Three years later NBC commissioned a TV series, which ran from 1977-82, about a woodsman, wrongly accused of a murder, who flees to the mountains and raises an orphaned bear cub he names Ben.

Haggerty, who went on to star in horror films, children’s movies, comedies and other Grizzly Adams-style works, also appeared in TV shows Charlies AngelsThe Love Boat and CHiPs, and worked as an animal trainer for Walt Disney Studios.

Before Grizzly Adams, Haggerty appeared in Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy and 1969 road movie Easy Rider.

In a 2012 interview, Haggerty recalled how working with live animals, including bears, lions, wolves and eagles, on the Grizzly Adams set was easy because he was a stuntman and animal trainer.

“I had lions and chimps and leopards and all kinds of things,” he said. “So working with the bear and the eagle and all that was a very natural thing for me to do.”

The real-life Adams, a cobbler born in Massachusetts in 1812, who moved from Boston to the Sierra-Nevada Mountains after several business ventures failed.

Leaving his wife and children behind, he lived in a self-built cabin where he learned to hunt and track animals, capturing and training several grizzly bears.

He used several as pack animals, including his favourites Benjamin Franklin, Lady Washington, and General Fremont, on tracking expeditions with Native Americans.

In 1856, he returned to San Francisco with a collection of live wild animals as a museum attraction, and four years later, New York where showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus, signed him up.

Reunited with his family, Adams became a huge success with Barnam’s Old Grizzly Adams act, although a bear injury contributed to his death in 1860.

Adam’s bear Samson is said to be the model for the bear depicted on California’s state flag.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams TV show spawned a wealth of now highly sought-after merchandise including a Mattel action figure doll (with toy axe), a lunch box and drink bottle, a Grizzly Adams “Save the animals adventure game”, and a waste paper bin.

A new TV show and movie are reportedly underway.

Timeline: Glenn Frey’s life

USA TODAY8:35 p.m. EST January 18, 2016

Key dates in the life of Glenn Frey:

Nov. 6, 1948: Glenn Lewis Frey is born in Detroit.

1971:Linda Ronstadt hires Frey and Don Henley to play in her touring band. They form Eagles withRandy Meisner and Bernie Leadon and the group is subsequently signed by Ronstadt’s label, Asylum Records, which was owned by David Geffen.

1972: Debut album Eagles is recorded in London. Debut single Take It Easy goes to No. 12. Three months later, Witchy Woman hits No. 9.

1973:  The band releases its second album, DesperadoTequila Sunrise, co-written with Henley and sang by Frey, was the first single released.

1974: The band releases its third album, On the Border.

1975: Eagles have their first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with Best of My Love, followed to the top of the charts by One of These Nights, off the 1975 albumOne of These Nights.

1978: No. 1 hit Hotel California (off the 1976 album of the same name) wins 1977 record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

1979: Single The Long Run spends nine weeks at No. 1.

1980: After recording shows for their Eagles Live album, Frey quits the band.

1982: Frey releases his solo debut, No Fun Aloud, which goes gold and yields top 40 singles The One You Love and I Found Somebody.

1984: Solo hit The Heat Is On, written for Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop, hits No. 2 on the charts.

1985: You Belong to the City appears on the Miami Vice soundtrack.

 1994: Eagles reunite for an MTV special and release the aptly named Hell Freezes Over, their first album of new recordings in 14 years.

1998: Jimmy Buffett inducts the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1999: Eagles are named one of the Recording Industry Association of America’s artists of the century, along with The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Elton Johnand Barbra Streisand.

2007: Long Road Out of Eden, the band’s first studio album in 28 years, goes No. 1.

2012: Frey releases cover project After Hours, his final solo album.

2015: In November, Eagles announce they’re unable to participate in Kennedy Center Honors ceremony because Frey needs intestinal surgery. The Kennedy Center agrees to postpone their award presentation until 2016, so the entire band can participate.

Jan. 18, 2016: Frey dies in New York at age 67 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.”Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide,” says a statement on the band’s website.

Sources: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Billboard, the Recording Industry Association of America,, the Detroit Free Press and USA TODAY research.

Strickland sticking to plan with body cameras despite outrage

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 5:31 PM CSTUpdated: Jan 18, 2016 10:35 PM CST By Jerry Askin

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Many community leaders in Memphis are disappointed in the decision to delay the rollout of police body cameras.

Those concerns were directly addressed Monday as hundreds celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of peace.

The Monumental Baptist Church held a program Monday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King, but the celebration also made for an open conversation on the body cams.

“Black kids like Darrius Stewart are killed with impunity,” Pastor Earle Fisher said. “With all due respect, I’m concerned that our body cams are being delayed and black folks are being told to hold their breaths until justice rolls down.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Strickland said the body cameras were delayed because he felt the process was rushed.

“I’ve been mayor for less than 20 days,” Strickland said. “I’ll get them implemented as soon as I can.”

Strickland said he is pushing to make sure the body cameras are rolled out the right way before jumping the gun.

“The DA’s office needs more money, more people to review the tapes, and their computer system needs to be upgraded,” Strickland said.

Strickland said the city first needs more personnel and manpower before taking any action.

“There’s going to be thousands of hours of video produced,” he said. “Somebody has to review it and make sure something that shouldn’t be disclosed is not disclosed.”

There is no set timeframe for when the body cameras will be in use.

Glenn Frey Dies

Appreciation: Glenn Frey led Eagles’ easy sound

The music world suffered yet another loss Monday, as singer/songwriter/musician Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died at 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

Frey’s voice — not as soulful or fluid as fellow EagleDon Henley’s, but forthright and appealing in its mix of smoothness and grit — was the one Eagles fans heard singing lead on hits such as Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise,New Kid in Town, Heartache Tonight, Already Gone, Lyin’ Eyes and Peaceful Easy Feeling.

Frey also played guitar in the group, and keyboards, and wrote or co-wrote a number of its biggest singles, including Hotel California,One of These Nights and Desperado, three classics he crafted with Henley.

The Eagles were formed by Frey and Henley, along with bassist Randy Meisner and guitarist Bernie Leadon, in 1971, after the four met as members of Linda Ronstadt’s band. The following year, the Eagles released an eponymous debut album that won recognition for its breezy country-rock sound — which many fans would become redolent of Calfornia, where Frey had, after moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, honed his chops alongside the likes of J.D. Souther (Ronstadt’s boyfriend for a while) and Jackson Browne (Frey’s co-writer on Take It Easy).

There was friction, and the band broke up in 1980, but reunited in 1994, for an album cheekily titled Hell Freezes Over, consisting of live tracks performed for an MTV special and a few new tracks. The band has toured periodically since, remaining one of rock’s most reliably hot tickets. Henley noted, in a statement released after Frey’s death was announced, “We brought our two-year History of the Eagles tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.”

Frey was hardly idle in his time away from the group, embarking on a successful solo career in the 1980s. His song Smuggler’s Blues inspired an episode of Miami Vice, in which Frey made his acting debut. Frey subsequently wrote the light jazz-tinged hitYou Belong to the City for the popular TV series, and had another big single with The Heat Is On, featured on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. Frey contributed to other soundtracks and acted in other series, among them Wiseguy and Nash Bridges.

Frey’s most recent album was a collection of pop standards, 2012’s After Hours, which included tunes by Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach and Randy Newman.

“I’ve written enough contemporary songs and spilled my soul and given my world view. I don’t have anything to prove,” he told USA TODAY at the time. But he added, “That’s not to say that I don’t have any songs left to write.”

Henley, in his statement, said, “Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

Memorial services and community service events in honor of MLK Day

1/18/16  MEMPHIS, TN (WMC)  The weather is cold on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the hearts of Mid-Southerners will be warm as they remember the civil rights icon in honor of what would have been his 87th birthday.
MLK Blood Drive

Lifeblood is hosting a mobile blood drive at the National Civil Rights Museum between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those that donate will get a voucher that allows them and three family members to go to the museum for free on Monday, January 18. Donors will also get a free t-shirt.

National Civil Rights Museum MLK Parade

The National Civil Rights Museum’s annual MLK Day Parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and A. W. Willis Avenue. The museum will also have all day entertainment, including a children’s pavilion with learning activities. There will also be a voter registration drive.

Visitors can also tour the museum from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a special price of just $5 for all ages or $3 with a Mid-South Food Bank donation. You can get in for free and bring three guests if you donate blood to Lifeblood.

Be mindful that roads will be closed around the museum from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of events at the National Civil Rights museum.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Day

The Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Day with Military Retirees of the Tri-State area, Operation Stand Down Mid-South and VFW Post 11333. The event, held at the Military Retirees of the Tri-State Area facility from 1- 3 p.m., involves making scarves and blankets for homeless veterans and participating in MLK-related trivia. The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring blankets/throws, gently worn clothing, shoes, socks, hats, scarves, gloves and travel-sized toiletries.

Clean Memphis

Thousands of people are expected to join together to clean up nine Memphis communities. The annual City-Wide Clean-Up– hosted by Memphis Clean by 2019, Clean Memphis, and Leadership Memphis– will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students from ten Memphis high schools and other volunteers will pick up trash and get rid of blight.


Monumental Baptist Church ceremony

The Memphis chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will continue its tradition as the longest-standing Memphis organization to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. At Monumental Baptist Church, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will help host its annual program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will serve as keynote speaker and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong will receive an award.

Weekend fun

Tigers, Grizzlies and tonight’s Cardinals Caravan, The Science of Beer, The Fast Mothers at Hard Rock, Will Tucker at Lafayette’s, The Big Wheel Relay for the Salvation Army and a benefit for a FreeWorld member at Rum Boogie on Sunday . There’s a lot going on and you can see more here and here.  If you’re planning on helping on MLK for the Day of Service Clean Up,  thank you very much. Cheers.

Coat Story Goes Viral After Unheard-of Customer Service


By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff  Posted Jan 15, 2016 6:45 AM CST

(NEWSER) – When McKinney, Texas, mom and business owner Kelly Kinkel called online shopping company Zulily to inquire about returning a coat she had purchased, she was prepared for the customary response: that she’d have to cover the shipping, or perhaps not be able to return it at all. What happened next confused her for a moment and then moved her to tears, reports Q13 Fox. As she writes in aFacebook post that has been shared nearly 50,000 times and liked more than 100,000 as of this writing, a young customer service rep named Patrick told her he’d refund her account immediately, but then gave her unusual instructions: “Please don’t send it back. If you know someone who needs a winter coat or if you would like to donate it to a charity, that would make us very happy.”

Kinkel is now, as she tells KSL, a “customer for life,” and she hoped her story would go viral so that others “know that in a dark and dreary world, so shines a good deed.” The gesture hasn’t just turned her into a loyal customer, she says it’s inspired her to donate the coat and other items to a local homeless shelter. Such outside-the-box customer service is seemingly becoming more common. Similar posts about the company Stitch Fix have circulated already this year: One woman wrote on Facebook that the company sent her flowers when her father’s death caused her to miss her return deadline; another woman took to Facebook to post about a hand-written note and gifts the company sent upon hearing her daughter was fighting pediatric cancer. (On the other end of the spectrum, there are stories like this.)

Beale Street Music Festival Discounted $85 Three-Day Passes On Sale TODAY

Beale Street Music Festival Discounted $85 Three-Day Passes On Sale

Friday, January 15, 10:00 a.m. – Limited Quantities Available for $85

WHAT: Beale Street Music Festival Tickets – $85 3-Day Passes available in
limited quantity EXCLUSIVELY through Ticketfly at     and

This is the lowest price offered for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival and is available on a first come first served basis. Three-day passes will escalate to $95 once this limited quantity is exhausted, so Beale Street Music Festival fans should act quickly! Once the first tier of tickets sells out, the prices will escalate to $95 and then to $105. Single day tickets for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, priced at $45 will go on sale on Wednesday, February 24th when the line-up for the music festival is announced.