Justin Bieber, who was arrested and released, is reportedly in Panama. (Walter Michot / AP)
Bieber on the beach
Charges against singer Justin Bieber for Thursday’s alleged drug and alcohol-fueled “drag race” on Miami Beach’s Pine Tree Drive have not been dropped, despite media reports. The Miami-Dade country state attorney’s office told the Daily Mail we won’t know the exact charges his office will file until his arraignment, which happens soon. Meanwhile, the paper reports Biebs’ manager Scooter Braun and his mentor Usher have flown to Panama to talk some sense into the vacationing 19-year-old about his lifestyle. According to some reports, the young Canadian is spending thousands a week on marijuana and chugging quarts of a stomach-melting prescription codeine cough syrup known on the street as “sizzurp.”
Sharp-eyed Detroiters spotted our town’s Don Was on bass, backing up his friend Ringo Starr on the song “Photograph” on CBS’s Grammy telecast Sunday. The producer/Blue Note Records prez was part of an all-star band that included Peter Frampton on guitar. Don, who’s co-producing Aretha Franklin’s upcoming album for Clive
Davis comprised of songs made famous by great pop and R&B divas, was all scarfed up and warmly dressed as if he were headed home to the Polar Vortex. Here in Motown, we also appreciated that the tribute reel, complete with photos of the many notables who died last year, included Bobbie Smith of the Spinners. Not so good: The photo they flashed supposedly of Smith was actually the Spinners’ John Edwards.
Public invited to United Sound studio
United Sound Systems, one of Detroit’s earliest recording studios, will have a grand opening with tours for the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The studio, at 5840 Second Ave., was where many music legends made their first recordings, including jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, singers Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John and Bob Seger.
John Lee Hooker recorded his famous song “Boogie, Chillen” at United Sound in 1948, and John Coltrane was one of many visiting jazz legends who recorded there. Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. hung out there learning the ropes of the recording business and recording some of his early sides there before he had his Motown studio. In December, George Clinton attended an open house at the studio where he recorded so much memorable music with P-Funk in all its permuations. Tour admission is $10 for adults; $8 for children and seniors (age 65 and older). Regular tours will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tours on other days are available by calling (313) 833-1833 or emailing email@example.com.