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Music News: John Lennon, Dave Grohl, ASCAP, Bob Marley

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Once again, Mark David Chapman is awaiting a decision on whether or not he will be granted parole, and released from prison. This week marked the eighth parole hearing for the man convicted of killing John Lennon in December 1980.

Chapman has been eligible for parole since 2000, but seven previous applications were turned down due to the gravity of the offense, as well as the public outrage over the murder, which continues to this day. According to the New York Daily News, Chapman, who is now 59, will learn his fate in the coming days. If denied parole, he’ll have to wait another two years for the next review.

Not surprisingly, the chances of parole are definitely slim. Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono had already written a letter to officials, laying out her objections to a parole, and urging him to keep Chapman behind bars. And of course there will perhaps be the severity of an outrage, if Chapman was to be granted parole.

In other music news, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn Blum recently welcomed a baby girl they named Ophelia. The exciting news came just days after the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (as member of Nirvana) received less fortunate news, when his father passed away on August 6th. This is the third child for Grohl and Blum, who already two other children, Violet Maye, 8, and Harper Williow, 5.

Meanwhile, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder are among the list of performers to be awarded the Centennial Award, by the American Society of Composers (ASCAP). It is in celebration for the 100th anniversary for the organization, and it is to take place on November 17th at the Waldork Astoria in New York. Other honorees will also include Garth Brooks, Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim.

And finally, the life of Bob Marley is coming to the form of a musical. Center Stage in Baltimore announced the world premiere of Marley, which was written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The show focuses on years 1975-1978, at the time when Marley survived an assassination attempt in 1976, and among the hits will include “Jamming”, “Rastaman Vibration” and “Three Little Birds”
Marley will run from May 6 to June 14th of next year.

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