Grapevine: ‘Shark Tank’ star comes to Fox Theatre

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

‘Shark Tank’ star Daymond John comes to Fox Theatre

Daymond John, one of the popular investors on the hit show “Shark Tank,” will bring his expertise to the stage of the Fox Theatre on April 6. Entrepreneur, clothing designer and author, John founded the FUBU apparel company and is touring in support of his new book “The Power of Broke.” Tickets for “Daymond John & Friends Tour” go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and cost $30-$55. VIP tickets, $100, are available and include a meet-and-greet with a photo opportunity. Get tickets via Ticketmaster or the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices or at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy.

Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair coming to town

The Smashing Pumpkins will hit the Fillmore Detroit on April 1 for its In Plainsong tour, billed as an “acoustic-electro evening” of music, the group’s reps announced Monday. Tickets for the show, $45-$75, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with a pre-sale for Citi cardholders launching at 10 a.m. Tuesday, a Ticketmaster pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday and a Live Nation pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Pumpkins’ fellow Chicagoan, Liz Phair, will open the show. The concert is part of the Pumpkins’ 20-date spring tour. Original Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who re-joined BillyCorgan’s band last year, will sit behind the kit, and Jeff Schroeder will play guitar. The Pumpkins’ last area concert was a summer date with Marilyn Manson at DTE Energy Music Theatre. In other concert announcements, Bryan Ferry will perform at the Fox Theatre on Aug. 4. Tickets, $30-$125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Timbaland issues statement on Flint benefit

Sunday the New York Daily news reported that producer Timbaland refused to perform at Club Bleu in Detroit because he received the wrong champagne. Timbaland was booked at the Woodward Avenue club Thursday as a benefit for the people of Flint. Club owner Mitchell Jaworski told the New York Daily news that the incident was “a disaster.” The report says Timbaland refused to perform and instead took the stage at 1 a.m. and “just stood there.” Timbaland’s rep provided a statement to Billboard refuting the club owner’s version of the evening. “Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true,” the statement read. “(Timbaland is an) extremely generous person who agreed to a much lower fee for this event to raise money for the Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. The promoter was fully aware that this was not a full band performance on stage, yet still promoted it as such. The club was still able to raise money for charity, which was our goal in doing this event all along.” The event reportedly raised $3,000 for bottled water and filters for the people of Flint.

Fillmore Detroit collects water for Flint

This week concert venue Fillmore Detroit is hosting a bottled water drive for the residents of Flint. Cases of water will be accepted from 1-5 p.m. today though Friday, as well as Feb. 8-12. Evening donations will be accepted from 4-10 p.m. Thursday during the Kid Cudi show. All cases of water collected will be sent to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.

Drake stirs up old beef with Meek Mill

The summer feud between rappers Drake and Meek Mill was reignited after Drake released his new single “Summer Sixteen.” “I let the diss record drop, you were standing right below me. I could of killed you the first time,” he raps. Drake also compared himself to Jay Z. Mill retorted with his single “War Pains,” in which he raps “you claiming you Hov now?” referring to Jay Z’s nickname. Mill goes on to rhyme about Drake’s dance moves, saying “dancing like they fruitcakes, Hotline Bling.”

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