The Virgin Money Unity Arena - the first 'dedicated socially distanced music venue' is set to open in the UK this summer. Located in Gosforth Park, about a 5 minutes from Newcastle, the venue boasts 500 viewing spaces altogether, roughly six and a half feet apart from each other, and can accomodate 2,500 people:
You can purchase your ticket for your chosen event online, you will then receive a confirmation email and e-ticket. Please keep hold of these. You will then be asked for your car registration and will be allocated a time slot for arrival.
When arriving at the entry gate you will be required to show security your e-ticket.
You will then be directed by staff to our car park. Once parked up you will join a socially distanced queuing system and be directed to the arena.
Our staff will then direct you to your personal viewing space where you can enjoy the show.
You can collect your pre-ordered food and drink on arrival. If you didn’t get the chance to pre-order you can order via The Unity Arena app without leaving your area.
When the show ends our staff will safely direct you back to your car and you will be given directions to safely exit the site.
For years, Ringo Starr has been throwing legendary birthday party's for himself... but he, like like the rest of the world, the former Beatles drummer had to pivot and make adjustment for the celebration of this 80th year ...
"As most of you know, I’m fond of a good birthday party… but this is a bad year to host a get-together of any kind ... So I’m celebrating with my friends in a new way this year — we’re going to have to keep our distance due to the coronavirus,”
Ringo rang in the start of his ninth decade with a little help from his friends - virtually. You can rewatch the hour long celebration below - with some highlights including jamming on “Helter Skelter” with Paul McCartney, Gary Clark Jr's blues inspired rendition of “Come Together”, Ben Harper and Dave Grohl's Zoom duet and Sheryl Crow's amazing one-woman-band rendition of “All You Need Is Love.”
In September of 1999, Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 50th birthday week by performing six nights of shows at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex with his E Street Band. The shows were all special in their own way - with the band playing rarely performed live tracks like like “The Fever,” “Blinded by the Light” and “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?”
A memorable six-night stand in the City of Brotherly Love ends on a high note with some old friends on Philadelphia '99. The 22-song set begins in jaw-dropping fashion with the long-awaited return of “Incident On 57th Street,” last played in December 1980, and features the first Reunion tour performances of “Point Blank,” “Sherry Darling” “Streets of Philadelphia,” “Jungleland” and “Raise Your Hand” to appear in the Archive Series. Philadelphia ’99 also includes one of only five stagings of the epic “New York City Serenade” circa 1999-2000 following a 24-year hiatus.
Below is an excerpt from the show, appropriately the song Streets of Philadelphia, which Bruce has only performed eight times since that night.
But in a conversation with Apple Music's Matt Wilkinson, airing July 4, 2020 - exactly 25 years after Foo Fighters' debut, self-titled was released, the Grohl has opened up about his career with both Nirvana and Foo Fighters.
Photo: Tedd Henn
On joining Nirvana - Dave talks about how the band became very famous right after his joining:
"Well I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right? They'd had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don't know, more in the band than others. So when I joined the band, I didn't know Krist and Kurt at all. And when we first met and started playing, it was clear that when we got together to play that it worked really well, and we sounded what most people know now to sound like Nirvana .... It was almost exactly a year from the time I joined to the time Nevermind came out. And then once it came out, it was like things happen so quickly. The band got really big. But every band I'd been in before then was with friends that I'd known for a really long time. And so there's some security in that. So when you join a band where you don't know anyone and you're just starting to get to know each other, and it sounds great when you play music, you're just starting to get to know each other, but there's not a deep personal connection. And then the band becomes really huge really quickly. You're just so nervous that you're going to either get fired or it's going to stop. I didn't want to get fired basically. And so I was doing my best to keep this thing from going away. So there was this real insecurity that I had, 'I'm not good enough. They're going to find somebody else"
Following Cobain's death in 1994, Grohl admits he was uncertain of his musical future -
"I started getting calls from people to ask if I wanted to play drums with them or join another band, and I just didn't see that happening at the time ... I didn't really want to write or even listen to music, much less join a band and play in one. So it was strange, when your life is just pulled out from under you like that. I don't think anyone really thought much about what came next. You were stuck in that moment. So eventually, I just pulled myself off the couch and thought, 'Okay, I've always loved playing music and I've always loved writing and recording songs for myself. So I feel like I need to do that just for myself.''
What came from that moment was Foo Fighters - an album written and recorded by Grohl 'just for fun' as a cathartic experience to recover from Cobain's death.
"I would dedicate [that album] to Krist and Kurt because still to this day, the Nirvana experience was probably... I mean I don't want to say... I have children. I can't say it's the most important event in my entire life. But it's safe to say that we wouldn't be here right now talking about this if it weren't for my time in Nirvana. And I had learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Krist. It was such an honor to be in that band and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have that catalog of music that we made together and that experience changed not only us, but a lot of the world that we lived in. So I think that that was probably my life's most formative period. I went from being a messy teen to then being in this band that was huge. And then it all ending and trying to build life again with the lessons that I had learned through all of that"
Grohl only made 100 copies of the album, comparing its recording to a school project .. "I was preparing, I had charts”, one of those copies went to a friend who had a radio show ... who later called Dave and said ‘Hey, I played this for the record company and I think they want to put it out.’
His reaction - "Well shit, it’s just a demo ... But that’s when the alarms went off where I’m like, ‘Oh man, maybe it should be a record. Maybe I should release it.’ So I sent one to my manager, John. I’m like, ‘Yeah, a record company wants to put out this tape I made.’ He goes, ‘Send it to me.’ So I sent it to him and he goes, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, I mean it could be fun to make a record.’”
In 1994 Tom Petty released the stunning album Wildflowers. And apparently, the late rocker's estate has plans for a Wildflowers celebratory release - an “exhaustive chronicle of the making of one of Petty’s most enduring albums.”
Teasing the release, the estate has shared a recently discovered home recording of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” from the Wildflowers album.
"My dad’s demos were always really awesome ... They were a good guiding light in the Wildflowers sessions. And this one has a right-out-of-the-box feeling to it...The family and all our engineers and the Heartbreakers have been circling around this project and making it as delightful and completist as possible. We’re really pleased to be able to share the second half of the Wildflowers double album. But there are also completist versions of how the sessions evolved. My dad was prolific at that time and there was so much recording done. Coming off the ‘Last Dance with Mary Jane’ session, it was a compete evolution of how dad recorded and how he made space for his own feelings. Wildflowers was very personal for him. He wasn’t hiding behind anything.”
Tom Petty - You Don't Know How It Feels (Home Recording)
Earlier this month - country stars Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A - admitting “antebellum” was a racially insensitive reference to the pre-Civil War era United States.
And now Dixie Chicks have followed suit - dropping the word Dixie from their name and rebranding themselves as simply The Chicks. Even thought the band's name was a reference to the Little Feat song “Dixie Chicken” .. the term Dixie is also a reference to Civil War-era South and has come under increased scrutiny in the past few weeks.
The decision comes with the statement on thechicks.com that says: “We want to meet this moment”
The band accompanied the new name with a new single called March March from their first new album in 14 years - Gaslighter (due out out 7/17 on Columbia records) and a Seanne Farmer directed video featuring scenes from various protest marches.
At last year's Tribeca Film Festival, Oscilloscope Labs debuted the documentary All I Can Say, which chronicals the rise and fall of the band Blind Melon, through the eyes of the band themselves. We now have an official trailer for the film - which opens in "virtual cinemas" + on VOD starting June 26th. For more info, visit the film's official website
From Oscilloscope Labs:
Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself religiously from 1990-1995 with a video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28. His camera was a diary and his closest confidant. In the hundreds of hours of footage, Hoon meticulously documented his life—his family, his creative process, his television, his band's rise to fame, and his struggle with addiction. He filmed his daughter's birth, and archived the politics and culture of the 1990s, an era right before the internet changed the world. Created solely with his own footage, voice, and his own music, this rare autobiography is a prescient exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Hoon's last work, completed twenty-three years after his death.
On Saturday night (June 20) - the Preservation Hall in New Orleans hosted a massive live streamed fundraising show. The music institution is so important to so many people- they had no problem getting participants ... the 4 hour show includes live and archived performances from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, Dave Matthews, Beck, Jon Batiste, Jim James, Arcade Fire, PJ Morton, Nathaniel Rateliff and more!
The show got its name from the 'Midnight Preserves' series the Preservation Hall hosts each year when prominent artists in town for Jazzfest perform at the small venue in the heart of the French Quarter alongside the Preservation Hall Collective for late night concerts.
If you would like to support Support Preservation Hall - you can:
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band put together quite the all-star group of rock icons on Saturday night (June 20) for their livestream concert to support New Orleans' iconic Preservation Hall.
Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Arcade Fire, Jim James, Beck, and Nathaniel Rateliff were just some of the names who took part in the three hour show (which you can stream in full HERE)
But the highlight of the night came when Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Irma Thomas, & Nathaniel Rateliff all teamed up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to perform a virtual collaboration of the NOLA anthem - “When the Saints Go Marching In”
Other highlights include - Elvis Costello playing “The River in Reverse,” Jim James playing his My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful”, Dave Grohl and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s take on “Come With Me to New Orleans,” and Dave Grohl's solo version of the Foo Fighters classic - "Best of You" ... a song that Grohl says is more important to him today than it was 15 years ago when he wrote it. (jump to the 3:41:00 mark to watch)
The venue, which like other venues around the country has been closed since March, holds a special place in Grohl's heart. Foo Fighters recorded there in 2014 for their Sonic Highways LP ...
During the broadcast, Grohl recalled -
“We loaded in all of our equipment to record this loud rock song ... I’m looking at all these beautiful paintings on the wall and these lightning fixtures and pews that had been there for decades. I’m thinking, ‘We’re going to bust this place.’ It was exciting in that experiment.”
Grammy Award winning R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges has released an official video for the powerful anti racism song “Sweeter”
The video - Directed by Leon's longtime photographer and collaborator Rambo - was filmed in Fort Worth, TX because Bridges "wanted to shine a light on the Black community in Fort Worth, and specifically my childhood community from the Southside of Fort Worth. I had my friends and family with me; this is a celebration of our Blackness.”
The song was written from the perspective of a black man taking his last breath and feeling his spirit leave his body, was originally written and recorded for a future album, however, in light of current events, Leon and Terrace felt compelled to release the song at once.
Photo Credit: Rambo
“Growing up in Texas I have personally experienced racism, my friends have experienced racism. From adolescence we are taught how to conduct ourselves when we encounter police to avoid the consequences of being racially profiled. I have been numb for too long, calloused when it came to the issues of police brutality. The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. It was the first time I wept for a man I never met. I am George Floyd, my brothers are George Floyd, and my sisters are George Floyd. I cannot and will not be silent any longer. Just as Abel’s blood was crying out to God, George Floyd is crying out to me. So, I present to you Sweeter."
Leon Bridges - Sweeter (Official Video) ft. Terrace Martin
Hoping for a life more sweeter,
Instead I’m just a story repeating.
Why do I fear with skin dark as night?
Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes.
I thought we moved on from the darker days.
Did the words of the King disappear in the air,
Like a butterfly?
Somebody should hand you a felony.
Because you stole from me,
My chance to be.
Hoping for a life more sweeter,
Instead I’m just a story repeating.
Why do I fear with skin dark as night?
Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes.
The tears of my Mother rain rain over me.
My sisters and my brothers sing sing over me.
And I wish I had another day, but it’s just another day.
And seeing them come together from all points of the globe to perform the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was even more impressive ... not to mention the best use of a vacuum in a song since Jonathan Fishman of Phish with his Electrolux vacuum
HBO has announced plans to air the filmed Broadway adaptation of “David Byrne’s American Utopia” that was directed by Spike Lee later this year. The show, which features David Byrne collaborating with 11 other musicians (all playing wireless instruments for maximum movement) performing selections from his 2018 album “America Utopia,” as well as songs from his previous band, Talking Heads and other solo projects and covers.
In a press release from HBO, Bynre said:
“Spike and I have crossed paths many times over the years, obviously I’m a huge fan and now finally here was an opportunity for us to work together. I am absolutely thrilled with the result. The Broadway show was a wonderful challenge as well as an opportunity – it was a joy to perform and, well, best to let the quotes speak for themselves. Thrilled that this show and the subjects it addresses will now reach a wider audience.”
One of the covers in the show is an updated version of Janelle Monáe’s protest anthem “Hell You Talmbout,” which features Byrne and the musicians calling out the names of Black lives lost at the hands of law enforcement and racial violence:
Anyone who saw the show when it was on tour (including shows at The Anthem in DC and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia) or during it's Broadway residency - should be excited to be able to see it again - and if you missed out on seeing live - consider an HBO subscrption if you dont have one already for this.
2020 was going to be a big year for The Killers ... they announced the release of their sixth studio album - Imploding the Mirage - along with plans for a major tour to support it (including a DC date) ... well, the album's release has been delayed and the tour happening is looking less and less likely.
But Brandon Flowers and company are still putting out some live renditions of the new material - including this live from home version of Caution for The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week:
One of the highlights of many music festivals don't happen on the festival grounds - but actually offsite - after the festival is over for the day - when the bands who are in town for the weekend descend on local music venues to play intimate shows for a few lucky fans.
One of those includes the “Midnight Preserves” series - a midnight jam session that takes place at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
With the festival cancelled due to COVID-19 - the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe and photographer Danny Clinch have enlisted a slew of artists to perform on “‘Round Midnight Preserves,” a livestream benefit concert set for June 20th at 9 pm E.T.
Remember a few weeks back when The Flaming Lips released their COVID-Concert shirt- where everyone in the band and the audience was in one of Wayne Coyne's signature 'bubbles'?
Well - since then - the band decided to make it a reality ... so instead of playing a zoom style performace from their homes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, they decided to perform "Race for the Prize" from 1999's The Soft Bulletinas a full band on stage, to a samll crowd with everyone inside individual bubbles. Genius!
Tracy Chapman's 1988 song Fast Car is deeply rooted in the Austin duo Black Puma's history.
Eric Burton recalls playing the song when he first began busking and it attracted the the most attention from the people passing by.
The band has been known to include it in their live sets.
And now- they have officially realeaed an official recording of it - along with a “Steady Groovin Mix” of their latest single, “Fire”.
According to Burton -
“To me, ‘Fast Car’ is a song of hope, dreams and a relentless heart to go somewhere and be someone. I learned the song when I first began to busk and of the covers that I knew, it garnered the most attention from the random passerby. As a musician and artist, I’m attracted to songs that make us reflect on our daily struggles for making life worth living for.”
June 5 is National Wear Orange Day - aka - National Gun Violence Awareness Day. And to honor the day this year - Pearl Jam have released the unedited version of the (Baltimore Native) Mark Pellington directed video for the song Jeremy.
The original (edited) version of the video - for a song that wasn't even supposed to be a the first single from the Ten album, went on to win multiple MTV VMAs.
The band decided to release the unedited version of the video - which they weren't able to do in 1992 due to TV censorship laws - because "the increase in gun violence since the debut of “Jeremy” is staggering."
Pearl Jam - Jeremy (uncensored version)
In addition to the video - the band has released an updated version of their 1992 "Choices" T-shirt, with "all proceeds to support organizations working to prevent gun violence. We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental."
The updated shirt has changed the quote from "9 out of 10 kids prefer crayons to guns" to "10 out of 10 kids prefer crayons to guns" ... you can purchase the shirt HERE
When the COVID-19 sanctions on large gatherings are lifted and we are able to go to concerts again - it looks like there will be one more show space in Baltimore.
Brian Recher confirmed Friday that he plans to re-open The Recher Theatre music venue in Towson - reb-randed as Recher 2.0 - sometime this fall. The venue closed in 2013 and was converted to a dance club.
The project is in the early stages, but buzz of the 700 person music venue is strong - with people reminiscing about shows they saw at the venue - including Citizen Cope, The White Stripes, Silversun Pickups, They Might Be Giants, Good Charlotte, and so many more.
What are some of your favorite memories from 512 York Road?
Sturgill Simpson has announced that he will live stream a performance from an empty Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The show will air this Friday evening (June 5) at 8 p.m. EST and will be livestreamed for free on nugs.tv, Twitch and Simpson’s YouTube
The show is being offered for free as a thank you to fans that helped generate $250,000 for charity.
Simpson wrote on Instagram:
“With your unbelievable generosity we raised over $250,000 for MusiCares COVID-19 Relief, Equity Alliance Nashville Tornado Relief, and the Special Forces Foundation benefiting severely wounded operators fighting the global war on terrorism and the families of those who did not return. As a show of my appreciation for your efforts I will be performing a one hour live stream concert as promised”
The show won't be the rock n roll extravaganza we were hoping to see on his A Good Look’n Tour - but more of a nod to his bluegrass roots. He will be joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Mike Bub, Sierra Hull on mandolin, Scott Vestal on banjo, Tim O’Brien and Mark Howard on guitar and Miles Miller on drums.
To make the whole thing a little more like a "real" concert -you'll be able to purchase an exclusive show poster and a brand new “Thirsty Sturg” t-shirt at www.sturgillsimpson.com in efforts to raise further funds during the stream
The City of Annapolis will host a citywide shopping and dining event tonight (June 3, 2020) as a test for their planned 'Recovery Zones'
Similar to the “Dining Under the Stars” events on West Street in past summers - some roads will close so that tables can be added to increase capacity for stores and restaurants.
The following roads will close:
-Main Street between Church Circle and Francis Street
-Maryland Avenue between State Circle and Prince George Street
-West Street between Church Circle and Cathedral Street
-Market Space between Pinkney and Fleet Streets
The following areas will have reduced parking so that tables can be added without street closures:
-Main Street in front of Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs
-Main Street in front of O’Brien’s
-Market Space in front of Harvest
The following area will have extended outdoor dining space:
-Bay Ridge Market Shopping Center
Parking will be free at Hillman Garage and Gotts Garage between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Paid parking will resume at 11 p.m
Mayor Gavin Buckley said:
"We are all looking forward to Wednesday ...We welcome residents and visitors back to Annapolis, where we can all enjoy a dining and shopping experience in a safe environment.”
The event is a pilot for the City’s planned Recovery Zones. If it goes well, it will pave the way for the business associations for each zone to plan future events. The Recovery Zones and associasions include -
Besides a brief appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert's tribute to the late John Prine - Brandi Carlile has been relatively quiet during her quarantine. But the Grammy award winner has decided to pick up the guitar again and make some virtual appearances in the coming weeks -
We told you about the massive All In For Wa. concert Carlile will also take part in on Wednesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone and many more. The fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars for Washington state residents in need - with all individual donations under $1 million being matched by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos up to $25 million !!! (more info)
But the biggest news for fans came this week from Camp Carlile - where the singer announced she will be starting a series of live performances along with band mates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Josh Neumann aka - the twins.
The 'shows' will each feature the trio performing one of her albums in full ... starting with the Grammy Award-winning, 'By the Way, I Forgive You'. The ticketed virtual performance taking place on her 39th Birthday - Monday, June 1st, at 9 p.m. ET, via Veeps.com. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to directly toward Carlile’s touring band and road crew, who are out of work this summer but still on payroll.
Ticket prices are on a 'pay what you want' scale and available HERE.
The Raconteurs will release a documentary and live album to both titled, Live At Electric Lady, on Friday, May 29th
The album will only stream on Spotify - but the 58 minute documentary - will be availabele on YouTube and include video of the seven song performance, along with interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage.
Washington was the first state in the US to have a confirmed Cornavirus case .. and now some of the state's heavyweights are coming together to raise money to support residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The All In Wa. fund's goal is to raise $65 million dollars to offer help with people facing food shortages and/ or health disparities, those in need of housing assistance, small businesses, families and children, and essential workers.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has announced he will match individual donations under $1 million to All In WA causes. The group has also received commitments from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and others
The group has also announced they will host a virtual benefit concert to support the fundraising efforts on June 10 at 10p ET - featuring some of Washington's top talents - like Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Ben Gibbard, Allen Stone, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot Joel McHale, and many more
Photo: Danny Clinch
All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Reliefwill stream on June 10, beginning at 7 p.m. will now air June 24 at 7 p.m. PDT on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/amazonmusic) and through www.AllInWA.org ... It will be available on Prime Video immediately following the livestream
Consider The Black Keys' guitarist Dan Auerbach among those who took the COVID-19 situation from the beginning. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Auerbach says he began wearing face coverings back in January.
“I’d heard about all this stuff kinda early and I wore a mask, and everyone was calling me crazy. So I was kind of quarantined already.”
In the interview - Auerbach gave an update on the multiple projects he has going on:
The Black Keys:
The Black Keys were set to hit the road this summer - continuing their Let's Rock Tour ... but those dates have now been cancelled - including the show scheduled for Merriweather Post on August 28 :/
In regards to when we might see Dan and Patrick back on the road again - it sounds like they are playing it safe - and will be waiting until there is a vaccine readily available.
But - the duo has been using this time to work on some studio works - that includes a expanded edition reissue of the album Brothers - which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.