Odds & Ends: Pharrell, Metallica, Morrissey, Chris Young, Alan Jackson, YG

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich responds to Glastonbury drama … Pharrell apologizes for wearing a Native American headdress … Morrissey postpones tonight’s show … YG’s Salt Lake City gig results in a stabbing and two arrests … Chris Young can’t sign your autograph today … Alan Jackson announces 25th anniversary plans.  

So, what does Lars Ulrich think about the Facebook page that’s collected over 28,000 likes in hopes of nixing Metallica from ’s lineup because of singer James Hetfield’s support of big game hunting? Or what about the other bands talking crap? Basically the drummer says it’s ridiculous.

“Glastonbury – it’s like the Holy Grail in England and obviously we’re respectful to that. Somebody sits there and talks about petitions or what some other guy says … I mean, there’s a point where sort of it just becomes ridiculous,” Ulrich told Metal Hammer (via Consequence Of Sound).

“We’re fairly thick-skinned and we just sort of turn a blind eye to it and whatever,” he added. “But obviously if Mick Jagger has something to say or Alex Turner or the very nice guys in Kasabian, who I love, I mean, it’s cool but at some point where there was some guy in some other band it’s like, “Huh? What? Who are you?” … At some point it just becomes a little ridiculous.”

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Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.

Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner had commented to Time Out London on the booking, saying, “I’m not sure it adds up. I know we’d buzz off it, but fundamentally could you have Metallica in the hippy nucleaus?” And apparently the band Ulrich has never heard of might be Mogwai. Drummer Martin Bulloch told Gigwise Metallica was “shite” and multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns said, “I can’t wait to hear that guy play the drums again – unbelievably bad.”  

As for Kasabian and Jagger, they both had lovely things to say with Jagger telling The Sun (via NME) that Metallica’s set was “going to be great.”

YG’s show in Salt Lake City Thursday evening unfortunately made headlines for the wrong reasons, thanks to a stabbing and two arrests.  

Deseret News reports that backup officers were called to the Infinity Events Center around 11:45 p.m. after a fight broke out inside the venue that sent a 32-year-old man to the hospital. The victim, who was stabbed in the stomach, was considering in serious condition but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, according to police detective Veronica Montoya.

Montoya told the paper the crowd outside the Infinity Events Center “got a little agitated” when officers broke the news that venue managers weren’t going to let anyone else into the show.

A 30-year-old man, who “had squared off against an officer and refused to leave” was arrest for investigation of inciting a riot and obstruction of justice for. Another man was booked for investigation of obstructing justice.

Deseret News says officers are still looking for the stabber.

Justin Bieber wasn’t the only one apologizing this week. After an image of the July edition of Elle UK hit the web with Pharrell wearing a Native American headdress, the hashtag #nothappy quickly spread on Twitter.

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Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York City

The “Happy” singer/producer sent in a statement to BuzzFeed to apologize. It said, “I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”

The virus that forced Morrissey to cancel Wednesday’s show in Atlanta has also affected Friday’s gig in Atlantic City.

An announcement on Moz’s Facebook page says, “As Morrissey and the touring party recover from a virus, the engagement in Atlantic City at the Revel Ovation Hall has been postponed to Sunday, June 22. All previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new date. The tour will resume as originally scheduled, without question, at the Boston Opera House on Saturday, June 7.”

Well, then. No question about it, Moz will be in Beantown tomorrow. Be there or be square!

Chris Young also called off his Friday plans. The country singer was supposed to spend four hours signing autographs at CMA Music Festival but instead he’s recovering after cutting his left hand last night while cooking a late dinner.

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Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, N.C.

Young had a doctor assess the injury and he’s expected to be good to go in time for Saturday’s performance at LP Field in Nashville.

Alan Jackson is marking his 25th year in the music business with shows in 25 cities.

Details – as far as when and where – haven’t been announced yet. All we know is that the anniversary tour will officially begin in 2015.

Jackson has a lot to celebrate, from sales of nearly 60 million albums worldwide to membership in the Grand Ole Opry to more than 60 charted singles, including 35 tunes in the No.1 spot.

He’s also been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters of Fame, received an ASCAP Founders Award, and won 18 ACM Awards, as well as 16 CMA Awards and a pair of Grammys. Altogether, Jackson has taken home more than 150 major music industry awards.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is joining in on the festivities with a new exhibit, which will be unveiled Aug. 29, dedicated to Jackson’s career. Jackson will be spending time at the museum later this year as its next artist-in-residence. You can expect a unique series of intimate performances at the museum to be announced soon.