Carlos Santana has announced his partnership with Left Coast Ventures to develop premium cannabis and hemp CBD brands set to launch next fall. Coast Ventures has previously launched cannabis brands with other iconic musicians, including "Mind Your Head" with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and "Marley Natural," a collaboration with the Bob Marley estate.
Santana said in a statement announcing the venture, "Cannabis is a window or a door to different awareness of consciousness. It gives you the choice to perceive through a different filter of awakening and healing, the misperception of distance as an illusion, which keeps you from being centered in your essence-core. It helps you arrive at knowing, accepting and owning a quality of life that is being with joy!" (Press release)

 
R.E.M. is making it very clear to President Trump — their music is off limits. Two of the band's songs — "Everybody Hurts" and "Losing My Religion" — were recently used at Trump rallies.
Bassist Mike Mills tweeted a message stating: "We are aware that the President* @realDonaldTrump continues to use our music at his rallies. We are exploring all legal avenues to prevent this, but if that’s not possible please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man."

 
Meat Loaf is suing the hotel at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and event organizers for injuries sustained on May 4th, while appearing at a horror movie convention called the "Texas Fightmare Weekend." On January 13th, Meat and his his wife Deborah Lee Gillespie Aday filed suit in a state district court in Fort Worth, Texas, against the Hyatt Corp. and Texas Frightmare Weekend LLC. Meat is blaming them for negligence for his fall, claiming "severe neck, collarbone, and shoulder injuries that have prevented him from performing since."
According to the legal filing, Meat Loaf "spent 42 days hospitalized after the fall (which) required him to undergo physical therapy." (The Associated Press)

 
Steve Martin Caro, the lead singer of the mid-'60s baroque pop group, the Left Banke, died on January 14th at the age of 71. Caro, who added his family's surname onto his stage moniker in the '70s so as not to be confused with the comedian, will forever be remembered for his timeless vocals on the group's two Top 40 hits — 1966's "Walk Away Renee," which sailed to Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100, and its followup, 1967's "Pretty Ballerina," which topped out at Number 15. (Best Classic Bands)