The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
On The Campaign Trail - Adele has issued a statement to distance herself from Donald Trump, after he used her music at his rallies. The Republican presidential candidate, whose slogan is "Make America great again", has recently been playing Adele's hit Rolling In The Deep as his "warm-up" music. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," her spokesman confirmed.

It is not the first time Trump has been criticised for appropriating pop songs. Lawyers for Aerosmith star Steven Tyler sent Trump's campaign a cease-and-desist letter last year, after the politician played the band's hit single Dream On at numerous rallies around the US.

Politicians using songs by musicians who do not support them has been a thorny issue for decades, since Bruce Springsteen castigated President Reagan for planning to use Born in the USA as a backdrop for his 1984 re-election campaign.

Technically, US copyright laws give politicians carte blanche to use recorded music at their rallies - as long as the venue has a public performance licence issued through a songwriters' association such as ASCAP or BMI. However, there is some leeway for an artist to complain their image and reputation is being damaged by the repeated use of a song without their express permission.

Out of The Blue - Jeff Lynne's ELO will step into Lionel Richie's shoes during Glastonbury's legends slot on Sunday, 26 June. Confirming the news, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis tweeted, "Yes! ELO are playing this year's Glastonbury Sunday teatime slot. Can't wait!"

Goodbye and Thanks for All The Quips - The Best of Wogan on Eurovision: "I don't make the mistake of thinking it's a major musical event. I love the Eurovision Song Contest and it will continue long after I'm gone. Just please don't ask me to take it seriously." "Who knows what hellish future lies ahead? Actually I do, I've seen the rehearsals." And on television in general, "Television has changed. It's not what it was like 50 years ago. Light entertainment is no longer the expensive quality that it used to be. It's all quiz games, reality TV and talk shows. Talk shows these days are just cheap TV. In the same way that reality TV is cheap television that humiliates people. There's no point saying there can't be any humiliation, because the public seem to respond to it, it seems to be something they want. But then again the public liked mass executions as well but we don't do those any more. To be honest, I don't know where we go from here." RIP Tel.

Camp Theatre - Shakespeare's Globe is to stage a performance of Hamlet at the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle. The event, on 3 February, is part of a two-year long world tour of the production which recently included a show for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti. Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said it was "another wonderful example" of the tour's "ability to reach displaced people". The production is being staged in partnership with Good Chance, a theatre company based at the Calais camp. Its artistic directors, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, said, "As a production which has travelled to audiences all over the world, it is fitting that it visits the camp here in Calais, where the fault lines of over 20 different nations meet."

Flown Away Signe Anderson, one of the original vocalists for Jefferson Airplane, has died at the age of 74. The singer, who appeared only on the band's first album, Jefferson Airplane Take Off, died last Thursday - the same day as guitarist Paul Kantner. "One sweet lady has passed on," wrote the rock group's co-founder Marty Balin on his Facebook page. "I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said, 'Hey, what are you doing here? Let's start a band!'"

Wicked News - The Musical Wicked has extended its run until April next year. The Stephen Schwartz musical was booking unti


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