Odds & Ends: Lady Gaga, Peter Murphy, Garth Brooks

Lady Gaga’s manager updates the world on the singer’s recovery since undergoing hip surgery, Peter Murphy is out of jail and has put out a statement, and the ACM Awards announces a special Garth Brooks and George Strait performance.

Last month Lady Gaga canceled more than 20 dates, calling off all of her scheduled “Born This Way Ball” performances in order to have hip surgery. The pop star said she had been hiding the injury from her staff for a month but the pain got so bad that she couldn’t walk. She updated her blog Feb. 20 to say she had undergone the surgery, which was done to repair a labral tear of her right hip. 

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Circus Maximus, Rome, Italy 

Gaga’s manager, Vincent Herbert, told the Associated Press Tuesday she is now “doing wonderful, doing great.”

Herbert said the singer is “ready to get back to work.” He added, “I can’t wait for the world to hear her new music and see her come back healthy, strong and better than ever.”
She is working on her third full-length LP, Artpop.

Peter Murphy was released from custody on Tuesday after being arrested on Saturday following an alleged hit-and-run in Glendale, Calif. A post on the Bauhaus frontman’s Facebook page points out that “all charges that were originally filed as felonies were lowered to misdemeanors.”

The Glendale News-Press reports that he was “charged with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hit-and-run driving and possessing methamphetamine.” The singer pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Although Murphy’s FB post says he was “released with no bail or restrictions,” the newspaper says Judge Frederick Rotenberg barred the singer “from driving a vehicle ‘anywhere’ and ‘under any condition’ without the court’s permission.”

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Metro / Smart Bar, Chicago, Ill.

An additional post on Murphy’s FB page says the singer’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.01 – “way under the 0.08 which is legal.”

The “Godfather of Goth” thanked fans for their support and says he’ll be “performing all tour dates as planned.” The U.S. leg of his “Mr. Moonlight Tour” is scheduled to begin April 22 in Austin, Texas.

The Garth Brooks/George Strait performance at the Academy of County Music Awards is significant for a few reasons. In addition to marking the first time the stars have performed together, the occasion will also honor Dick Clark.

After awarding the two singers as the ACM’s most recent Artists of the Decade, the award is being renamed after Clark.

The radio and TV host, who died last year, began producing the ACM Awards in 1979. The show is still produced by his family’s company dick clark productions.

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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Renaissance Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.

The 48th annual ACM Awards takes place April 7 in Las Vegas with Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan as your hosts. Tune in to the broadcast on CBS.

Earlier this week the academy announced Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum had been added to its list of performers.