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Music News: Flavor Flav, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, and Graceland

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Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav was recently cited by police at his Las Vegas home over his annual fireworks show. According to the city’s police lieutenant, the rapper born Jonathan Drayton had launched thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks for his Fourth of July event since 2009, and authorities have confiscated over 100 pounds of them.

In response, Flav have commented on having received complaints from neighbors, and have worked to make sure they were heard. He also mentioned he plans to move his annual fireworks show away from his neighborhood, and that his approximately 100 guests were having a good time, before the even was shut down by police. A clip can be seen on Youtube.

In other music news, Jackson Browne is among the three musicians receiving lifetime achievement awards at the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards, which will take place in Nashville, Tennessee in September.

The legendary rocker, who is best known for hits including “Doctor, My Eyes” and “Running On Empty”, as well as acclaimed albums such as 1974’s Late For the Sky and 1976’s The Pretender, will be honored with the “Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award for lending his voice to numerous social policy issues throughout his career.

Meanwhile, Alice Cooper is getting an honor of his own, this one coming from White Castle. The company best known for their famous sliders inducted the “School’s Out” singer into their Craver Hall of Fame. And according to the Columbus Dispatch, Cooper talked about his memories with sharing White Castle burgers as a kid with his father, in a ceremony in front of 250 people.

And finally, the controversy over the possible removal of Elvis Presley’s planes from Graceland, is already reaching a fever pitch, as fans have posted critical comments of Facebook since the news’ were announced by Associated Press, most of which expressed how upset they were upon learning the planes, which were purchased by OKC Partnership following Presley’s 1977 death, and brought to Graceland in the mid-1980s.

In response, Priscilla Presley commented on her Facebook page, urging fans to “please calm down”, as the matter is still under negotiations, as there is still a chance to see the planes at Graceland.

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