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Odds & Ends: Montreux Jazz Festival, Bocelli, Bieber and Guitar vs Baggage Handlers

12:01 PM Monday 1/7/13 | |

Montreux Jazz Festival’s founder is reported to be in a coma after a skiing mishap; Andrea Bocelli turns to QVC to sell his new album; a vintage Gibson guitar didn’t fair too well flying baggage; and leaked photos allegedly depict Justin Bieber getting a buzz on.

A fall while cross-country skiing on Christmas Eve has landed Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs in the hospital with a coma.  The festival posted a message on its website saying the 76-year-old Nobs underwent surgery at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The festival also said plans for this year’s July 5-20 event will continue as planned with secretary general Mathieu Jaton taking on Nobs’ responsibilities.

International superstar Andrea Bocelli is headed to home shopping channel QVC to sell his new album, Passione.

The Italian tenor won’t be the only famous music person appearing on the Jan. 27 show, dubbed “Andrea Bocelli Q Sessions Live.”  Producer David Foster will accompany the singer on piano.

Featuring performances in six different languages – Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Neapolitan – the album includes Bocelli dueting with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and the late Edith Piaf.

But you don’t have to wait until Jan. 27 to purchase Passione.  To celebrate the QVC debut, the shopping channel will begin offering the album along with six bonus tracks Jan. 18.  Check out QVC.com for more information.

  • Andrea Bocelli

    Classic Brit Awards, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
    October 2, 2012

    (AP Photo / PA)


Calling it a “musician’s nightmare,’ Yahoo News blog The Sideshow reports that a rare guitar didn’t make it through airport baggage handling unscathed.

It seems as if Dave Schneider, who plays guitar and sings in the band The LeeVees and handles vocals for the Zambonis, was already experiencing his own version of the flick “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” while traveling last month.  The musician was flying from Portland, Maine, to St. Petersburg, Fla., when bad weather forced the plane to land in Rochester, N.Y. 

Because the Rochester diversion caused Schneider and his traveling companion, LeeVees guitarist Adam Gardner, to miss a connection in Philadelphia, the two drove to Buffalo, N.Y., where they planned to catch a flight to Detroit and then connect with a flight to Tampa.

It was in Buffalo where Schneider’s guitar woes began.  Trying to convince Delta personnel to not make him check his 1965 Gibson ES-335 guitar as baggage, Schneider even offered to buy a ticket for the instrument.

But Schneider’s pleas apparently didn’t convince Delta.  The guitar ended up traveling as baggage. 

Upon arriving in Detroit, Schneider used his phone to make a video record of events while he and Gardner waited at the gate for the guitar.  That’s when he heard what he described as the sound of “metal on metal” which turned out to be the case carrying his guitar stuck “between the mobile service elevator and a rail on the loading dock,” according to The Sieshow.

So far, Delta has reportedly offered Schneider a check for $1,000, but the musician refused it, saying he didn’t know how much it would cost to repair the instrument.  He says the guitar’s bridge, neck and tail were damaged in the incident and thinks it would cost approximately $1890 to repair it.

Delta told The Sideshow that it will be “reaching out to the customer directly to discuss how we can make this right.”

Meanwhile, you can eyeball photos of the damaged Gibson that Schneider posted on his Facebook page.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ is running photos that allegedly depict Justin Bieber smoking marijuana during a party in a Southern California hotel room.

The photos were supposedly snapped Jan. 2 while Bieber was hanging with friends in a Newport Beach hotel.  The celebrity gossip site also points out that the party took place one day after a paparazzo was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street after snapping photos of the Bieb’s Ferrari.

In another posting, TMZ reports on what has been rumored to be a standard practice whenever Bieber throws a party – telling folks that any photographs taken belong to him.  In fact, sources told TMZ that Bieber’s parties usually include signs stating just that.  However, the celeb news site says its sources for photos of Bieber’s alleged 4:20 moment claim no signs were posted in the hotel room that day.  Guess someone didn’t get the memo.