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Lady Gaga teases Super Bowl performance with behind the scenes video

On Feb. 5, Lady Gaga will take the stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Less than three weeks before the championship game, Pepsi, who is sponsoring the halftime show, released a teaser video of the pop superstar as she prepares for her performance.  

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In the behind the scenes video, Gaga can be seen at other appearances, and clips show dancers preparing choreography for the big event. "Bad Romance" is one song fans might expect from Gaga during the show, according to the video.

"This is, obviously, a humongous platform. This is, probably, like, the greatest 12 minutes of our lives," said choreographer Richy Jackson, who has worked with Lady Gaga for at least 10 years. "We're just going to see a humble, appreciative yet showmanship side of Gaga. And we haven't seen her like this because we haven't been on a stage like this. It'll be a new face, a different kind of energy."

"It will be special because I've been planning this since I was 4," Gaga said in the preview. "So I know exactly what I'm going to do." 

Hold on to your hats! Your first look#BTS of #PepsiHalftime as @RICHYSQUIRREL gets @LadyGaga's dancers ready to make us Feb 5th!— Pepsi(@pepsi) January 18, 2017

Gaga, who recently performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, has teased photos of her Super Bowl preparations on Instagram and said that she and her dancers built a tent in her backyard with a dance floor to practice.

"The thing is, it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it," Gaga said in the Pepsi behind the scenes video. "It's been done so many times (that) I think the challenge is to look at it and say, you know, 'What can I do differently? How can I elevate certain little things here and there?"

Last year, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem before the start of the Super Bowl game. She released her fifth studio album, "Joanne," in October.

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Music Review: Delbert McClinton, at 76, brings it once again

Few singers illustrate the gulf between live and recorded music better than Delbert McClinton, whose gruff voice and blues-infused rock have always sounded best in a beer-splashed nightclub.

But McClinton, now 76, also plies his trade in studios, and while his latest album won't win converts as readily as his live shows, it sure won't hurt him.

McClinton has always blended influences, from Texas roadhouse blues to gumbo-flavored jazz to rhythm and blues. Here he nudges things in a new direction, toward the crooner stylings of singers like Johnny Mercer and Nat King Cole. But he gets there with a singing style more sassy than silky, and without abandoning the eclectic assortment of influences he's absorbed over the years.

And, oh yeah, he's still having fun.

Whether confessing that he left his heart in San Miguel or playfully explaining why he gave up meat for salad and jazz for ballads, McClinton always looks to surprise. His bandmates do, too, backing his catchy hooks with exceptional musicianship, from the gentle electric guitar that adorns "Middle of Nowhere," the album's best love song, to the trombone solo in "Rosy," the album's optimistic closer.

Sure to please his devoted followers, "Prick of the Litter" is a natural next step in the long arc of a career that has floated beneath superstar level — more than likely because not enough people have gone out to see him play.

Elusive Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor dies at 70

His record label, Luaka Bop, said Onyeabor died in his sleep Monday at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, following a short illness. He was 70.

Beginning in 1977, Onyeabor recorded nine albums featuring heavy bass and slinky synth lines that owed as much to American R&B and disco as it did to the Afrobeat rhythms of his countryman Fela Ransome-Kuti.

The albums were pressed, printed and self-released via his personal record processing plant and label, Wilfilms Limited.

The joyous singing style of Onyeabor and his female backups on songs like "Why Go To War" and "Atomic Bomb" often belied lyrics with a political edge.

On 1978's "Better Change Your Mind" he is defiant: "President, you ever think this world is yours? If you are thinking so ... Better change your mind."

Onyeabor stayed true to his own "idiosyncratic — and infectious — path," weaving his influences together "in a spacy, futuristic brew that no one was making at the time," music writer Thom Jurek said.

"That style has influenced and been sampled and emulated by many," Jurek wrote for Onyeabor's biography at

His lasting influence was revealed decades later with the release of the 2013 compilation album "Who Is William Onyeabor?" That was followed by a documentary film and live tributes from artists like David Byrne and Damon Albarn.

Onyeabor never performed live, and by the mid-1980s, had left music to run a flour mill and other businesses while stating that he was a born-again Christian.

He repeatedly refused interview requests about his music career, and later in life "only wanted to speak about God," according to the Luaka Bop statement.

Onyeabor is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

Eli Young Band's tour bus destroyed by fire; band not on bus

A tour bus belonging to the country group Eli Young Band was damaged in a fire on the Kansas Turnpike, destroying most of the band's electronic and sound equipment.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) the driver was the only person with the bus when the fire started late Tuesday while it was parked at a service area east of downtown Topeka. He had just filled up the bus and parked it for the night, and escaped.

Shawnee Heights Fire District Battalion Chief Rick Deibert says the bus and a trailer were a complete loss.

The fire apparently started in the engine compartment but the cause is under investigation.

The tour bus was en route to Mahnomen, Minnesota, where the band was scheduled to perform Friday night.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

Review: The Flaming Lips deliver for anyone missing Bowie

On the anniversary of David Bowie's death, The Flaming Lips have done Ziggy Stardust proud.

With the 12-track "Oczy Mlody," The Lips return with a moody, industrial and hypnotic CD that's probably what Major Tom would be listening to, sitting in his tin can.

The Lips, always psychedelic and progressive, this time follow up their previous 2013 full-length CD, "The Terror," with something lighter, less menacing and more whimsical.

How whimsical? How about the use of real frogs croaking? And the presence of Miley Cyrus (on the track "We a Family"). But there's also danger lurking in the psychedelic-laden lyrics — severed eyes, edible butterflies and this question: "Have you ever seen someone die/in the summertime?"

The new CD is filled with ghosts, beeps and industrial squeaks, drum machines and cold, distorted voices. There are song fragments and sketches, and some songs have multiple threads crammed into one tune.

The song titles alone — "Listening To the Frogs With Demon Eyes" and "One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill" — are simply insane. And if you dream of having sex while riding unicorns, you're in luck: This is the album for you.

Songwriter and singer Wayne Coyne stumbled on the CD's title in a Polish paperback. He speaks no Polish but liked the phrase "Oczy Mlody," thinking it would be a cool name for a drug of the future.

That sums up this offering by the Flaming Lips perfectly: poised between madness and a joke, industrial sounds and toad croaks.

Bowie would surely approve.


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Tower of Power band members recovering after train accident

Authorities say two musicians with the band Tower of Power remain hospitalized after being hit last week by an Amtrak train in Oakland.

The East Bay Times reports ( ) that drummer Dave Garibaldi is in fair condition but will remain hospitalized for the next few days, according to a statement from the band. Garibaldi suffered head and facial injuries last Thursday night.

Bassist Marc Van Wageningen remains in critical condition, but has been responsive. Van Wageningen suffered broken ribs, a concussion, and internal injuries. He underwent surgery.

Fans of the funk/R&B band have raised nearly $100,000 to help with medical expenses. The musicians were heading to a performance at an Oakland nightclub when they were hit by the train near Jack London Square.


Information from: East Bay Times,

John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Metallica set to play Grammys

John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Metallica are set to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month.

Underwood and Urban are both up for Grammys this year. Underwood's "Church Bells" and Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" are nominated for best country solo performance. Urban's "Ripcord" is also up for best country album. Metallica singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich are nominated for best rock song for "Hardwired."

Additional acts will be named ahead of the Feb. 12 show. It will be broadcast on CBS and hosted by "Late Late Show" host James Corden.

Soprano: Juliette is 'like a bird you can't catch'

Keep your eyes on Diana Damrau, if you can, as she darts about the stage as the innocent and impetuous teenage heroine in the opening scene of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette."

"She is like a bird you can't catch, going here and going there," the German soprano said in an interview last week at the Metropolitan Opera. "Everything is magic and new and beautiful, and she's fresh and sparkling, inside and outside."

"Through all this and the costumes and makeup you don't see that I'm an old mom," Damrau, who is 45 and the mother of two young sons, added with a hearty laugh. "It's wonderful to step into this skin and do all this."

Audiences will get to judge how well she manages this transformation on Saturday when the Bartlett Sher production, new this season, is broadcast live in HD to movie theaters around the world.

As for all that running she does in that first scene, Damrau said: "It's hard work, but it's fun work. At the moment, unfortunately, I have no time for sports, so my sports are onstage, that's my workout."

By the opera's tragic end, of course, Juliette has matured. "From a young, inexperienced girl, she becomes a loving wife," Damrau said. "She stays loyal to her husband and they die together at the end, one of the most beautiful things you can do."


Critics and audiences alike have been wowed by the powerful onstage chemistry Damrau enjoys with her co-star, tenor Vittorio Grigolo.

"We have the same approach to our roles, to our singing, to listen and to give and react on each other and be brave," Damrau said. "It's always a little bit different but it's always right and true in the moment. When I look into his eyes, it's really Romeo."

This is the third time they've performed together, following Massenet's "Manon" at the Met and Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" in Milan.

"At the beginning I was a little bit scared," she said, "because his voice is so incredible and enormous and so big and round and beautiful, and I come from the coloratura side and my voice could seem too silvery and light in comparison with him. But singing together, I think it really matches."


Juliette's opening aria — "Je veux vivre," often known as the Waltz aria — almost didn't get written. The original Juliette, soprano Marie Caroline Miolan-Carvalho, persuaded Gounod to add it for the 1867 premiere in Paris to show off her coloratura skills up to high D. "I think it's very important to have this aria," Damrau said, because it conveys her character's personality so well.

Later, as Juliette contemplates drinking a potion that will simulate death and allow her to escape a forced marriage, she sings the so-called Poison Aria. Damrau calls that number "a special thing, because it requires a lot of dramatic movement for the voice." But these demands place it beyond the comfort zone of many lyric sopranos, and it was routinely cut from Met performances until Catherine Malfitano included it in 1986.


The HD broadcast of "Romeo et Juliette," conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be shown starting at 12:55 p.m. EST on Saturday. A list of theaters can be found at the Met's website:

In the U.S., it will be repeated on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Adams' 'Girls of the Golden West' to premiere on Nov 21.

Composer John Adams' "Girls of the Golden West" will be given its world premiere by the San Francisco Opera on Nov. 21.

The work, with a libretto by Peter Sellars, portrays stories of the California Gold Rush in the 1850s and stars tenor Paul Appleby, soprano Julia Bullock and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges, the company said Tuesday in announcing its 2017-18 season.

Grant Gershon conducts, Sellars directs and David Gropman designs the sets in the co-production with The Dallas Opera, Nationale Opera and Ballet Amsterdam and the Venice's Teatro La Fenice.

Adams, who turns 70 on Feb, 15, previously composed "Nixon in China," ''The Death of Klinghoffer" and "Doctor Atomic," which all appeared at the San Francisco Opera.

The season opens Sept. 8 with a revival of Puccini's "Turandot" and includes new productions of Strauss' "Elektra" with Christine Goerke and Stephanie Blythe as well as Massenet's "Manon" with Nadine Sierra and Michael Fabiano. There will be three Ring cycles in a revival of Francesca Zambello's staging of the four Wagner operas, and they will feature new projections and stage action not part of its 2011 performances in San Francisco.

The Latest: Prosecutor calls hip-hop podcast host a killer

The Latest on the arrest of a hip-hop podcast host in connection with the fatal shooting of a rapper's bodyguard (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A prosecutor says a hip-hop podcast host arrested in connection with a New York City concert venue shooting that left a rapper's bodyguard dead is a killer and a danger to the community unworthy of bail.

Daryl Campbell was arrested Monday on a federal weapons possession charge stemming from the May shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan just before rapper T.I. was to perform. Campbell is known as Taxstone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagan Scotten on Tuesday urged a judge to deny him bail, saying evidence he fired the shot that killed a bodyguard for rapper Troy Ave is overwhelming.

The judge granted $500,000 bail but required electronic monitoring. Campbell must post $350,000 in cash or property and identify five people to pledge to support the bail.

Defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery says the claim Campbell fired the fatal shot is "not the truth." He calls his client a "smart, well-balanced person."


8 a.m.

A hip-hop podcast host has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a popular New York City concert venue last year that left a rapper's bodyguard dead and two people wounded.

Thirty-one-year-old Daryl Campbell, also known as Taxstone, was charged Monday on a federal weapons possession charge tied to the May 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza in Manhattan just before the rapper T.I. was to perform.

A federal complaint states that DNA supposedly belonging to Campbell was found on the trigger, hand grip and magazine of a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting.

Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, also known as Roland Collins, was wounded, along with a friend. Collins' bodyguard was fatally shot.

Campbell, host of the popular podcast Tax Season, was said to be feuding with Collins at the time.

Phone and email messages left for an attorney believed to be representing Campbell were not immediately returned early Tuesday.

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