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Music News: Adele spontaneously invites newly engaged couple onstage

Adele performs last month in Belfast (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

When Adele saw a couple get engaged during her performance of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” at her Tuesday night show in London, she interrupted the song and invited the happy pair to join her onstage for a congratulatory hug. The couple said they’ve been together for 12 years — “longer than I’ve been making music,” observed Adele. (Billboard)

Today’s concert announcements

A second Paul McCartney concert has been added at Target Center: May 5, following the previously announced May 4 date. (Star Tribune)

Prince announced that on March 21, his Piano & a Microphone tour will continue in…Montreal, because why not?

Film scores without films

While he takes a break from Owl City, Owatonna native Adam Young has decided to pursue his love of film music — despite not having any films to score. He’s writing a score for one historical event each month this year, starting with last month’s score for the Apollo 11 moon landing. The inspiration for March’s music: the Titanic disaster. “I tried to make sure that whatever I was doing would stand alone and not be too influenced by Horner’s amazing score,” says Young. He’s writing the music “solely on computer from his home in Minnesota,” reports Billboard.

Two monster concert announcements

Wednesday was a big day for concert announcements: Paul McCartney announced a Target Center date on May 4, and Metallica became the first rock act announced for a gig at US Bank Stadium. The metal legends will play the Vikings’ new home on Aug. 20.

First Avenue history

Pitchfork dug through First Avenue’s archives at the Minnesota History Center and found some gems — including U2’s modest concert rider from 1982 and documentation that Peter Buck of R.E.M. attended the venue’s most famous gig ever, Prince’s Purple Rain show.

It might be a little dusty

David Gilmour has announced that in July, he’ll play a pair of shows in Pompeii — marking his first shows there since Pink Floyd recorded its landmark audience-free Live in Pompeii concert film there in 1972. (Rolling Stone)

Best wishes for Bad Brains

H.R., the singer of Bad Brains, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay medical bills he’s incurred during his struggle with a rare disorder that causes headaches. The hardcore band’s guitarist Dr. Know also recently launched a crowdfunding campaign, in his case hoping to recoup costs relating to a recent cardiac arrest. (Rolling Stone)

In other fundraiser news

John Darnielle is raising money for his bowling team, which is competing in a fundraising event to help low-income women gain access to abortions. If Darnielle’s team get to $4,000, he says, he’ll release a new Mountain Goats song called “Wizard Level.” (Pitchfork)

Kendrick Lamar freestyles with teens

At a Reebok-sponsored event in Manchester, England, Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance and joined what Pitchfork calls “a friendly rap battle” with local teens.

Glen Campbell 80th birthday celebration set

Longtime Glen Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb announced plans to present a special edition of his touring show in honor of Campbell’s 80th birthday. Three of Campbell’s children will join Webb for the May 3 performance in Nashville. Campbell is now in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease and is living in a memory care facility. (Rolling Stone)

In other Nashville news

Country singer Jamie Lynn Spears appeared at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night — introduced by her big sister, a pop star you just might possibly have heard of. (Billboard)

DJ fined for paying N.W.A.

The recent N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton dramatized the trouble the rap group had with police when they played their most famous protest song about police brutality. Some authorities still don’t care for the song, as a Western Massachusetts DJ just learned when he played the song while local cops were clearing out an oversold crowd at a pub where he was spinning. DJ Boogy was fined $50 for disorderly conduct. (Pitchfork)