Governor Larry Hogan has designated Saturday, May 2 as Healthcare Heroes Day in Maryland - honoring doctors, nurses, medical workers, and first responders.
Flags will fly at half staff, the State House Dome, Camden Yards, and M&T Bank Stadium, will be lit up blue, and the Navy’s Blue Angels and Air Force’s Thunderbirds will flyover the state to honor first responders and health care workers.
Well, Eddie Vedder is the latest celebrity to accept the #Allinchallenge. He was nominated to put up a prize by actress Laura Dern - and he came up with something pretty amazing for one lucky Pearl Jam fan.
The challenge - which is raising money for charities like Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry and America’s Food Fund during the COVID-19 crisis - has encouraged celebrities to offer up prize packages for raffle.
Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam's prize is pretty amazing - one fan (and a guest) will get to attend a Pearl Jam show of their choice (inclduding sound check) and help pick the set list. Then the winner will watch the show from the stage and according to Vedder - “ ... as long as you’re up there with the crew, I figure, heck, maybe you could bring out a guitar for me, we could put you to work a little bit ... I mean, I will give you a few hits off my wine — or maybe we’ll just get you your own bottle.”
Oh - the winner will be invited on stage and have the crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to them - even if it’s not their birthday...LOL .. Oh - and you'll also take home a signed Telecaster guitar.
It's been week's since we've been able to see our hair stylists and barbers due to business restrictions set in place due to the Coronavirus ... some people have resorted to some home-hari-do's and dyes ...
But Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his sons had a message for those about to bust out the clippers and scissors - Darlin Don't You Go and Cut Your Hair !
Well - maybe they weren't speaking directly to those giving themselves a trim - but they did cover the classic Pavement song "Cut Your Hair" on last Saturday night’s episode of The Tweedy Show - their weekly live streamed Instagram show.
The cover comes towards the end of the show - but the episode also features performances of Wilco's “Should’ve Been In Love” , “Airline To Heaven,” a serenade of “If I Ever Was A Child” to Basil (the dog) and a cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”
We might not ever get an Oasis reunion - but fans of the Manchester band have a little good news - Noel Gallagher has uploaded a never released demo from the band to the web.
The song, Don't Stop, was recorded at a soundcheck during the band’s final tour in 2009.
Noel said -
“Like the rest of the world I’ve had infinite time to kill lately so I thought I’d FINALLY look and find out what was actually on the HUNDREDS of faceless unmarked cd’s I’ve got lying around in boxes at home.
As fate would have it I have stumbled across an old demo which I thought had been lost forever.
As far as I’m aware there is only one version of this tune ‘out there’ from an Oasis soundcheck in Hong Kong about 15 years ago? I’m not sure whether the soundcheck version pre dates the demo as there’s no date on the CD. I know some of you love this tune so we thought we’d put it ‘out there’ for you to enjoy/argue over.”
Of course - Liam has taken to twitter to respond to the track's release - in very Liam fashion ...
“Well there’s something missing in this god almighty stew and it’s your brother your brother don’t forget your brother"
followed by -
“Oi tofu boy if your gonna release old demos make sure im singing on it and boneheads playing guitar on it if not it’s not worth a wank as you were LG x.”
It took a minute for Dave Grohl to pop his head out of quarantine with some good vibes for us. Despite the cancelling of his DC Jam celebrating the Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary on the 4th of July ... Dave has let his talent to two noble Covid-19 related causes in the past week.
But this week- Dave went the extra mile - surprising a big time Foo Fighter fan with an intimate performance of Everlong on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. NYC Emergency Room nurse TJ Riley isn't just battling the virus though - he is also a survivor of the infection,
Riley equated having his favorite musician perform the song for him to "having a coronavirus dream"
Thank you TJ and thank you to all the doctors, nurses, first responders, and ALL essential workers who continue to do their part to help the world get through this
In 2017, The National celebrated the release of their Grammy-award winning album Sleep Well Beast with a 2017 show at Basilica Hudson, a 19th century factory turned arts space in Upstate New York that was equal parts intimate and unique.
The band played in the center of the venue - surrounded by a small group of lucky fans. Around the venue were accompanying musicians - who played in as the band performed Sleep Well Beast in its entirety.
The show was recorded and was produced into an 80 minute concert film by La Blogothèque in association with 100 Year Films titled Guilty Party: Basilica Hudson (stream it below)
Guilty Party: Basilica Hudson was released this week as part of the band's fundraising campaign for their touring crew - who are currently out of work due to the covid-19 pandemic. You can donate to the cause HERE
We all think of our pets as the king or queen of our hearts (and homes). Well, here’s your chance to have them also look like royalty while helping the SPCA of Anne Arundel County! For a $20 donation, they will create a digital rendering of your pet in one of these adorable yet regal outfits!
And in case you want a printed copy of the portrait to hang over your bed- and you know you do - the SPCA of Anne Arundel County is able to provide that for an additional fee.
All proceeds will help with the SPCA of Anne Arundel County's operating costs - allowing them to remain a no kill animal shelter who is currently caring for over 600 animals
Once you have completed that - You can send your pet's photo to email@example.com. In your email, please include your pet’s name in the subject field and specify which numbered portrait you’d like.
Please ensure that the photo is clear, fairly close-up, and with both eyes shown. Cell phone photos are acceptable. You will receive a digital copy of your photo via email as soon as it is ready. A copy will also be posted on Facebook in the comments section, with your pet’s name so you can share with your friends!
The quarantine content just keeps coming in ... this time over 20 musicians from around the world have collaborated with Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins for an incredible version of the Foo's hit - Times Like These.
Artists, including musicians Chris Martin of Coldplay, Sam Fender, Ellie Goulding, Dua Lipa, Biffy Clyro, Sean Paul, and Royal Blood recorded their parts from their homes and the BBC's Fraser T. Smith produced them together.
Looking for a karaoke night this Saturday? Your favorite watering hole might be closed - but The Beatles’ have decided to makea world wide sing-a-long event out of their 1968 animated movie, Yellow Submarine, via their official YouTube channel.
The YouTube channel will broadcast the music and lyrics from the soundtrack for the whole world to sing along to this 'celebration of love, music, and surfacing from strange seas into a beautiful world free of the Blue Meanies'
Participants are encouraged to share photos and videos of them singing along at home using the tag #YellowSubLive
So dress up as your favorite character from the film or in your Beatles finest and have some fun. Click HERE to set a reminder
Earlier this year, The Rolling Stones were in the studio recording new material, and one track stuck out enough from the session, the band decided to release it today. It marks the first new release from the band since 2012
The song, which was 'created & recorded in Los Angeles, London and in isolation', is titled Living In a Ghost Town, has lyrics that certainly resonate in today's global climate: “Life was so beautiful / Then we all got locked down … Please let this be over / Stuck in a world without end.”
On the song, the band had this to say
‘‘So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve worked on it in isolation. And here it is – It’s called ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ - I hope you like it”
“So, let's cut a long story short. We cut this track well over a year ago in L.A. for part of a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it , "Living in a Ghost Town". Stay safe!”
“I enjoyed working on this track. I think it captures a mood and I hope people who listen to it will agree.”
“Thanks so much for all your messages these past few weeks, it means so much to us that you enjoy the music. So we have a brand new track for you, we hope you enjoy it. It has a haunting melody, it’s called Living in A Ghost Town.”
The band released the song along with a video showing city life in quarantined times
The Rolling Stones - Living In A Ghost Town (Official Video)
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa joined some big name New Jersey natives Bon Jovi, Jon Stewart, Chris Roc, Stephen Colbert, Halsey and Charlie Puth for the Jersey 4 Jersey COVID-19 relief telethon.
Springsteen said -
“We’re here tonight dedicated to our healthcare workers and of those who’ve lost loved ones ... and those who are suffering and dying with this terrible disease in our beloved state.”
Springsteen - making his first live performance since his surprise appearance at the Asbury Park Light of Day fundraiser in January, performed two songs- “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “Jersey Girl” (this was the first time he performed the Tom Waits cover since 2016)
Jersey 4 Jersey - Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa
Charlie Puth also came through with a Bruce Sprinsteen cover - the 1973 track “Growin’ Up”
With physical concerts and festivals being rescheduled and even worse cancelled in 2020 - we now seen our first announcement for a live stream festival.
Love From Philly is being billed as "a virtual music and arts festival created to help aid the arts and entertainment sectors of the city of Philadelphia"
The event will take place May 1-3 on the Love From Philly website.
Scheduled to appear are Kurt Vile, G. Love, Man Man, Mondo Cozmo, Nick Bockrath of Cage The Elephant, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Schoolly D, Dice, Raw, Eric Bazilian, Tom Hamilton of JRAD, Lauren Hart, Marc Brownstein of Disco Biscuits, and Sean Hoots of Hoots and the Hellmouth - along with additional artists to be added in the coming days
Donations from the event will benefit two Philadelphia non-profits: 30amp Circuit, the city’s only non-profit dedicated exclusively to the health and wellness of musicians, as well as The Philadelphia Venue Workers Relief Fund, giving out grants directly to unemployed Philly music venue workers.
Hello again Ram Fans! We're back with another update!
Thank you again for your patience as we continue to work hard to reschedule shows. The below listing is update #2 of our rescheduled shows. Reminder that you will be able to use your ticket for the new date and KEEP YOUR SAME SEATS. We will be reaching out as soon as we can to all ticket buyers directly with details about options for your tickets.
Our box office and venue continue to be closed until further notice due to government mandates surrounding COVID-19.
3/30 Rodriguez - Reschedule #1 was 6/22/20 and now rescheduled to 10/5/20 4/21 Penny & Sparrow - Rescheduled to 8/18/20 4/22 John Berry - Rescheduled to 9/28/20 4/23 Marcus Johnson - Rescheduled to 2/14/21 4/25 Karla Bonoff - Rescheduled to 4/3/21 4/25 Drag Brunch - Postponed 4/26 SQRRL (matinee) - Postponed 4/27 KT Tunstall - Rescheduled to 6/23/20 4/28 Julia Fordham - Rescheduled to 9/30/20 4/29 Watkins Family Hour - Postponed 4/30 Four 80 East - Rescheduled to 7/16/20 5/01 SGGL - Postponed 5/02 Jay Mohr - Rescheduled to 1/29/21 5/03 Eric Hutchinson - Rescheduled to 9/18/20 5/04 KT Tunstall - Rescheduled to 7/5/20 5/06 & 5/07 Jonathan Coulton w. Paul & Storm - Postponed 5/08 Al Stewart - Rescheduled to 10/17/20 5/09 & 5/10 Gordon Lightfoot -Postponed 5/11 Bruce Cockburn - Rescheduled to 11/11/20 5/13 Billy Gilman w. JD Eicher - Postponed 5/14 Robyn Hitchcock - Rescheduled to 10/11/20 5/16 Chris Smither - Rescheduled to 2/19/21 5/18 BoDeans - Rescheduled to 4/30/21 5/19 & 5/20 Jim Breuer - Rescheduled to 11/18/20 5/24 Walter Beasley - Rescheduled to 5/20/21 5/29 Women’s Work Comedy Tour - Rescheduled to 1/30/21 6/01 The East Pointers - Rescheduled to 9/1/20 6/28 Mac McAnally - Rescheduled to 11/12/20
*Postponed Shows - We are currently working on rescheduling these shows. Please hold on to your ticket until a new date is announced.
Sitting in my dad's home studio during this crazy time makes me miss him even more. Music is the greatest healer and the most powerful way to bring people together especially during tragedy.
If my dad were here, I know he would have been the first to donate his time and effort.
Thank you for including me, I am honored to be part of this and to help spread love through music.
On behalf of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation we are donating $50,000 to @MusiCares for its Covid relief efforts.
This is for you daddy and all your fans who have helped lift us up and who continue to keep the music alive.
I love you daddy.
Chris Cornell formed Temple of the Dog in 1990, as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the band Mother Love Bone, along with Pearl Jam'sEddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament on bass guitar, and Mike McCready, as well as Matt Cameron of Soundgarden.
The series- presented as a combined effort of Annapolis Town Center and Symmetry Creative Agency - will benefit AMFM - who is actively working to help local musicians who have been hard hit by the COVID-19-related shutdowns of music venues.
Annapolis Town Center and Symmetry Creative Agency will match dollar for dollar every donation made by the end of April to AMFM, up to a total of $5,000. With the support of the community, this campaign can raise $10,000 for musicians in need! To donate, visit the AMFM website.
4/20 – Alexander Peters
04/21 – Aaron Yealdhall (Skribe)
04/22 – PJ & Neal
04/23 – Nick DePietro (of The Vibesmen)
04/24 – Mac & Blue
04/25 – Charles Kavoossi With Jessie Dean
04/26 – Timmie Metz
04/27 – Ray and Savannah Weaver
04/28 – Noelle & Jeff Packett
04/29 – J & Todd Kreuzburg
04/30 – Jordan Sokel
05/01 – Pete Best / Peterbuilt
05/02 – The Befuddlers
AMFM is a 501c-3 anon-profit created to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to sickness, injury, or any other circumstance leaving them unable to perform. This fund acts as an emergency relief fund for lost income.
f you, like many others, spent the first weekend of essential facemask wearing trying to navigate around the store while dealing with fogged up glasses - here are a few tips to keep your spectacles fog free:
1. Add a nose wire - this can be as simple as a folded piece of aluminum foil - folded along the top of your mask. This will help keep the mask flush to your face - especially around your nose
2. Insert a tissue into your mask - adding a tissue to the top of your mask will help absorb the moisture from your breath and keep it from reaching your glasses
3. Keep your glasses clean. Dirty lenses can fog easier ... using soapy water can help as well with the soap leaving a film on the lens that will deter the fog
Here's a nice video tutorial for you to follow:
Tips To Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up When Wearing A Mask
With their world tour temporarily on hold, Glass Animals front-man Dave Bayley has been busy creating music from his home studio and over the last few weeks - and due to popular demand - the band has released the first portion of their ‘Quarantine Covers’. This includes covers of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’ and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young & Beautiful’
"Isolation can drive us all crazy. But, at the same time, it could be quite healthy for people’s creativity. I find creating things helps me keep my head straight. All the frustration of being locked in can be released by making something. In the modern age where literally ANYTHING is possible, that canvas is sort of so blank it can be a black hole. So the main hurdle is often finding that initial piece of inspiration, that nugget that kicks off an idea and can be built on. Sometimes it’s a sound, sometimes it’s a graphic, sometimes it’s a photograph, or a tiny film clip…it’s usually some kind of raw-ish material that has the capacity to be transformed, re-imagined, twisted and reshaped into something else. This site will host all GA output in its rawest forms. Bits of code from our websites, drum/synth/sfx sounds I made for our songs, layered photoshop files from covers, 3D scans of stuff from around my house used in the latest artwork (including my own head) etc etc. Anyway - I hope it inspires someone to make something and I hope it gives someone an outlet for their confusion in this strange time.”
Fans are encouraged to share their creations via the hashtag #GlassAnimals on Twitter and Instagram, and the band will be sharing their favorites on a weekly basis. You can follow the Instagram hashtag here and Twitter here. OPEN SOURCE will be updated regularly with new files – which the band are calling ‘Expansion packs’.
Apparenly Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp's recent live appearances aren't just random acts of jamming. The duo have been playing and recording music together for the past few years - and the proof was revealed this week - as the they shared the debut output of their collab - a cover of John Lennon's Isolation.
They turn the piano rocker into a blues driven jam - with the help of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Rhonda Smith on bass.
The track was recorded last year, and Beck felt now was the time to release the track
“We weren’t expecting to release it so soon, but given all the hard days and true ‘isolation’ that people are going through in these challenging times, we decided now might be the right time to let you all hear it.”
And Depp added:
” Lennon’s poetry — ‘We’re afraid of everyone. Afraid of the Sun!’ — seemed to Jeff and me especially profound right now, this song about isolation, fear, and existential risks to our world. So we wanted to give it to you, and hope it helps you make sense of the moment or just helps you pass the time as we endure isolation together.”
“You’ll be hearing more from Johnny and me in a little while ... but until then, we hope you find some comfort and solidarity in our take on this Lennon classic.”
It took over 10 years - but someone has finally matched Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends accomplishment of having three songs from the same album reach number 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.
And that band - Cage the Elephant ... with their album Social Cues
The songs "Black Madonna" , "Ready to Let Go" and the title track, "Social Cues" have now all reached the top spot for airplay on the radio.
These songs bring the band's tally of #1s to five ( "Come a Little Closer" and "Mess Around" were their others) and they are now tied for the 10th most Number 1 hits in this category with The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and The Lumineers.Coldplay and U2 lead all acts in the category - with 13 No. 1s each.
March 2020 was shaping up to be a great month for concerts ... then .. well ... ya know .. things had to be postponed due to public health concerns ..
But as we move forward - we are starting to see more and more shows being RESCHEDULED instead of cancelled ... which is a good thing
The latest artist to reschdule their DC show is Thom Yorke. The Radiohead frontman, who was supposed to play at the Eagle Bank Arena in Virginia in March, will now kick off his Tomorrow's Modern Boxes tour in Washington DC at The Anthem on September 27.
Tickets for the March show will be valid at all upcoming shows ...
In order to get through this difficult period (and I truly believe that we will get through this, in time), it is important to recognize the many stages of isolation and anxiety, and to pair them with appropriate musical accompaniment. Here are a few suggestions that you might find helpful.
He then goes on to reveal his 10 song playlist that is broken down into what he sees as the 10 stages of Pandemic:
Stage One: Preparation
Dave assumes everyone stocked up on TP and hand sanitizer back in January and was ready to go ...
Stage Two: Nesting
OK - you're stuck in the house ... what can you get done? Clean everything? Reorganize the kitchen? Paint the living room?
Stage Three: Productivity
Remember all those things you said you wanted to learn to do but never did? Why not learn to juggle (not knives please) or start knitting, or learn to speak German!
Stage Four: Virtual Connection
Turns out that you CAN still have happy hour with friends ... but it is all on this program few had heard of a few months ago called Zoom. Where it's like being on the set of Hollywood Squares!
Stage Five: Online Learning
OK - schools have adjusted to the new normal - and now the parents are the teachers ... kind of ... with online learning ... we now understand why teachers always saying they are underpaid and we REALLY hate new math
Stage Six: Intimacy
Everyone is predicting a baby boom in 9 months ... How many babies will be named Corrine, Ronda, or even Quarantine?
Stage Seven: Claustrophobia
You reached the end of Netflix, the house has been disinfected (three times today), and you're ready to just go out and do SOMETHING ... that doesn't involve 'seeing if the grocery store has TP'
Stage Eight: Panic
You can't sleep ... your phone screen time is up 95% ... you keep reading about cell phones causing the virus, that Carole Baskins killed her husband, and that The Simpsons have been right about all of their predictions
Stage Nine: Insanity
Rona Rules are like airport rules - you want a beer and a burrito at 7am in your pajamas? Go for it. Nothing is wrong anymore ...
Stage Ten: Hope
We're all in this together, right? There's light at the end of the tunnel .. Let's start thinking of the silver linings and realize it's all going to be ok ...
And it's not just people looking to dance that have caught wind of the Saturday Night Quarantine Dance Parties ... after Kopec used the tips he received from this first event to donate 500 pizzas for Howard County Emergency Services professionals - others have stepped up ... and in the past 2 weeks he has partnered with Holly Poultry and State Street Poultry & Provisions to donate 60,000 pounds of chicken to Maryland residents in need and 30,000 breakfast sandwiches to local healthcare workers, and 12,400 chocolate bars for members of the Maryland National Guard through the generosity of H&S Bakery, Nature’s Yolk, The Hershey Company, and the United Way of Central Maryland.
So get your superhero costumes ready and plan to tune into the Saturday night's quarantine dance party on DJ Kopec's Facebook page for a family-friendly “mental health break” and share your pictures and videos using the hashtag #DJKopecFamCares !
When the government mandates surrounding COVID-19 forced bars and restaurants to close - the concert venues took a major hit - forcing them to cease the production of their shows.
In a sign that maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel - concert venues have slowly started to reschedule some of their shows ... lets face it ... rescheduled show are better than cancelled shows!
In a statement, Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis said:
Hello Ram Fans!
THANK YOU again for bearing with us as we work hard to reschedule shows. Below is a list of confirmed new dates. You will be able to use your ticket for the new date and KEEP YOUR SAME SEATS. We will be reaching out soon to all ticket buyers directly. Please keep an eye out for an email with details about options for your tickets.
Our box office and venue continue to be closed until further notice due to government mandates surrounding COVID-19.
Here is their list of rescheduled concerts:
3/13 Caleb Johnson - Rescheduled to 9/10/20
3/14 Hudson River Line - Rescheduled to 9/5/20
3/15 The High Kings - Formerly two shows in one day - Rescheduled to 7/7/20 & 7/8/20
3/16 In the Vane Of.. Van Morrison - Postponed
3/17 Casey Abrams - Resheduled to 6/10/20
3/18 ZZ Top of KC - Postponed
3/19 10,000 Maniacs - Postponed
3/20 Comedian Jeff Richards - Rescheduled to 7/9/20
3/21 The Ides of March - Postponed
3/21 Walter Trout (Matinee) - Rescheduled to 8/2 (Evening Show)
3/22 Fifth Dimension - Rescheduled to 10/1/20
3/23 BBMAK - Rescheduled to 10/21/20
3/24 Al Di Meola - Rescheduled to 9/23/20
3/25 Charles Esten - Postponed
3/26 Abbarama - Rescheduled to 3/5/21
3/27 Hollywood Nights - Rescheduled to 1/9/21
3/28 Kat Edmonson - Rescheduled to 12/1/20
3/28 Shenandoah (Matinee) - Postponed
3/29 Maysa - Reschedule #1 - 4/26/20 and now Rescheduled to 11/29/20
3/30 Rodriguez - Postponed
3/31 & 4/1 Wynonna & Cactus - Reschedule #1 - 6/3/20 & 6/4/20 and now Rescheduled to two shows in one day 7/19/20
4/2 Donna the Buffalo - Rescheduled to 12/2/20
4/3 The Jacks - Rescheduled to 9/5/20 (Matinee)
4/4 Peter Yarrow - Rescheduled to 9/4/20
4/4 Biondi Family Band - Postponed
4/5 Felix Cavaliere's Rascals - Rescheduled to 9/17/20
4/7 Music of Cream - Rescheduled to 8/7/20
4/8 & 4/9 Marc Broussard - Rescheduled to 7/17/20 & 7/18/20
4/10 Bernard Allison - Rescheduled to 8/15/20 (Matinee)
4/11 Heidi Newfield - postponed
4/12 Rare Earth - Rescheduled to 10/22/20
4/14 Frank Marino - Rescheduled to 9/15/20
4/15 Comedian Jon Reep - Rescheduled to 10/23/20
4/16 Average White Band - Rescheduled to 8/21/20
4/17 Marshall Crenshaw - Rescheduled to 9/2/20
4/18 The Clarks - Rescheduled to 1/23/21
4/19 The Rippingtons - Postponed
4/20 Vanessa Carlton - Rescheduled to 3/22/21
5/05 Shawn Colvin - Rescheduled to 7/28/20
*Postponed Shows - We are currently working on rescheduling these shows. Please hold onto your ticket until a new date is announced.
Very little footage of the show has been seen ... but we now know CBS will air Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute To Prince on April 21, 2020 at 9pm EST - the four-year anniversary of the icon's passing.
Comedian Maya Rudolph who serves as the evening's host will also perform with her Prince cover band, Princess.
The full line up of performers includes:
- Gary Clark Jr.
- Earth, Wind, & Fire
- Foo Fighters
- John Legend
- Chris Martin
- Morris Day and The Time
- Sheila E.
- St. Vincent
- Mavis Staples
- The Revolution
Plus appearances by FKA Twigs, Fred Armisen, Jimmy Jam, Misty Copeland, and Naomi Campbell.
To get you primed for how amazing this night should be - let's revisit Beck's Prince medley recorded at Paisley Park:
The US Naval Academy is not "letting distance keep them apart" and that message came through loud and clear in this beautiful rendition of 'America the Beatuful' sang virtually by the Academy Combined Men's & Women's Glee Clubs.
The video was put together using clips submitted by members who are at home around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With his late night TV show set shut down - Jimmy Fallon has been producing The Tonight Show - from his home.
To keep the show's continuity - he's had guests, musical performances, and has even been jamming with his house band - The Roots.
Jimmy pulled the trifecta off last week - having Sting on as the musical guest and jamming with The Roots. What's more impressive - is they played the perfect social distancing song- "Don't Stand So Close To Me" ... and since that's not impressive enough- they played it using instruments found at home while in quarantine (except for Sting who played lead guitar) ...
Sting - Vocals,Jar Shaker
Jimmy - Vocals, Jar
Questlove - Scissors, Forks
Black Thought - Hair Pick
James Poysner - Melodica
Captain Kirk - Ukulele
Mark - Bass
Tuba Gooding Jr. - Tuba
Stro - Pot Lid, Wooden Spoons
Kamal Gray - Connect 4
Ian Hendrickson-Smith - Throw Pillow
Dave Guy - Sneakers
Seriously ... Did you ever think you'd ever see another band with a scissors player???
During these times of being socially distanced from our families, friends, and even co-workers - people are coming up with creative ways to be together yet apart. Zoom family get together's, virtual game nights, and facetime happy hours ...
Sarah F. Parker and the rest of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar - put together a fun video of the Matt and Kim song “Not Alone” that give the perfect vibe of all being in this thing together.
Just how long will this go? According to the band -
“We will be releasing one a week until either the restrictions resulting from current situation are eased, or we run out of shows”
The first release - is Live From a Tent in Dublin - a show filmed in Dublin, Ireland on October 8th, 2000. The 23 song show took place 6 days after KID A was released - and incudes “Motion Picture Soundtrack” and “Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was,”. Check it out below ... keep scrolling for the setlist ...
Radiohead - Live From A Tent In Dublin (October 2000)
With two of music's heavy weights passing in one week - naturally the tributes have come pouring in.
Soul legend Bill Withers passed on March 30, 2020 from heart complications at the age of 81.
In a statement to the Associated Press his family said:
We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.
Some of the tributes to Withers include:
Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing a resonating version of 'Lean on Me' on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (from home of course)
Portugal. the Man revealed their cover of 'Lovely Day' along with this touching message:
We did a cover of “Lovely Day”, we know it pales in comparison to the original but there is something special that happens when you learn how to play your favorite songs. We grew up listening to AM radio in remote Alaska and Bill Withers was one of the mainstays on those long drives to the grocery store. Bill’s music is imprinted in our DNA. It touches everything we do and we love him for the gifts he gave us. Bill will be missed but his music will live on forever.
Thank you Bill. We love you.
The second musician lost in the week was John Prince - the legendary singer songwriter who succumbed to coronavirus complications.
The tributes are pouring in for John as well -
Fellow folk icon Joan Baez shared a video of her at home playing Prine’s “Hello in There”
Local musician Tristan Gilbert posted his tribute - a cover of In Spite of Ourselves
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, along with his sons Spencer and Sammy, covered “Illegal Smile” during on of theirStuffinourhoue livestreams:
And if you know anything about Dave Grohl - you know he's a great story teller and with his illustious career- he's probably got a million of them ...
Since the page has gone up - Dave has shared stories about everything from his mother to Ozzy Osborne ... check them out below - and be sure to give @DavesTrueStories a follow ... you never know - maybe Mr. Grohl will decide to perform live on there ;)
Photo: Tedd Henn
(Each story has multiple pages - tap the arrow on the right side for the story for the next page)
4th of July in Springfield featureing Dave's Mom :)
There's a line in the Declan McKenna song Beautiful Faces that goes:
"tonight I’m good staying inside but I’ll be dancing for sure"
We liked the song way before the whole #StayHome movement - but it hits a little closer to home these days ...
Anyways -it seems that Declan was itching to jam with this band this past weekend - but also wanted show he was practicing his best social distancing - he recruited some alternate musicians to accompany him - Declan McKenna, Declan McKenna, Declan McKenna, and Declan McKenna ... pretty clever!
The Covid 19 pandemic has seen some amazing acts of coming together around. the world - and now the big three of late night television - Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel & Stephen Colbert will come together to co host a special celebrating the efforts of community health workers and promoting the fight to end the COVID 19 global pandemic.
Scheduled to appear are: Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Stevie Wonder and friends of Sesame Street.
The special will air on April 18 from 8-10pm on ABC, NBC and CBS - as well as networks across the world.
Broadcast channels set to air the special include Bravo, E!, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC News, NBC News on YouTube, Peacock, Syfy, USA, ABC News, ABC News Live, Freeform, Nat Geo, Channel 5 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina, BET and MTV's 180 global affiliates, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1, Bell Media (Canada), MultiChoice, and RTE (Ireland).
Online streaming services airing the special include Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube.
The National recently announced they plan to help support their touring crew "family" who is currently out of work because of the live show's the band has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (they also have had to cancel their Homecoming festival).
They are taking things a little further now - with what they are calling “communal events” - releasing content from “our vaults, classic live sets, or some unseen/rarely seen footage to pass the time at home” each Monday. The releases will be accompanied by a fundraising effort found here.
Last Monday was so fun, we thought 'why not do an exciting communal event every Monday in support of our crew?' Join us each week at 5pm ET as we share content from our vaults, classic live sets, or some unseen/rarely seen footage to pass the time at home. https://t.co/NilBmqRQjS
“Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. If you are enjoying these concerts and would like to continue to support, you can donate here,”
The band's first release - a classic 57 minute set from the 2013 Hurricane Festival in Scheeßel Germany.
The National - Live From Hurricane Festival (June 21, 2013)
The band reiterates the philanthropic mission behind the release -
Last September - Sheryl Crow released what she claims to be her final album, Threads. It includes guest features from Bonnie Raitt, Chuck D, Eric Clapton, Sting, Kris Kristofferson, St. Vincent, James Taylor, Maren Morris, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young.
It appears that there was one more collaboration she had up her sleeve - a cover of Bill WIthers' “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” she recorded with Citizen Cope and she has released the song following the news of his death last week.
Crow spoke about Withers:
“I love Bill Withers. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now ... After making incredible, beautiful, funky records like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Grandma’s Hands,’ ‘Use Me,’ and ‘Lean On Me,’ Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985. When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, ‘I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!’ He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore.
Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life — love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more.”
40 years ago - on April 5, 1980 - a band with no name took the stage at the former St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Ga to play their first show ever at at a friend's birthday party. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills would later go on to play hundreds more shows under the name REM.
Michael Stipe's thoughts on the show (that featured covers of the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen, the Monkees' (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone and Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner) "It was really fun [but] I don't remember the last half of it."
Bill Berry recalls being "scared sh*tless"
Now - 40 years and 15 studio albums, four live albums, 14 compilation albums, one remix album, one soundtrack album, 12 video albums, seven extended plays, 63 singles, and 77 music videos later - we take a look at our 40 favorite REM songs.
We tried to rank them. - but couldn't agree - so we broke them down into our top 10 and the other 30 ( in alphabetical order)
RNR's Top 10 REM Songs
Fall on Me
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Don’t Go Back To Rockville
Losing My Religion
Man on the Moon
Shiny Happy People
E Bow the Letter
Our 30 other favorite REM Songs (in alphabetical order)
All the Right Friends
Bang and Blame
At My Most Beautiful
Carnival of Sorts
Crush with Eyeliner
Gardening At Night
Half a World Away
How The West Was Won and Where It Got Us
King of the Road
Pop Song 89
Radio Free Europe
So. Central Rain
Talk About the Passion
The Great Beyond
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The One I Love
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
What’s The Frequency Kenneth
And if you made it this far - here's a REM's 1991 MTV Unplugged Session
If there is any silver lining in the global COVID 19 pandemic - it is that it is happening at a time when we all have cameras in our pockets pretty much all the time and the ability to share our content with the world just by tapping the screen.
Next we head to Italy - where this talented pair of 12 year old twins posted an inspiring violin rendition of Viva la Vida by Coldplay ... of the performance, they said:
“We thought we’d spend a bit of time with you all, from north to south. For us, music is a source of relief, and we hope you guys can use it too. ‘Viva la Vida’ by Coldplay seemed like the perfect song for this Sunday, full of sunshine and hope.”
Mirko e Valerio, Violinisti Little Band covers "VIVA LA VIDA" (Coldplay) during quarantine in Italy
Next we have drummer from right here in Maryland (you can tell by his drum kit) .. 9 year old Rollins has posted a few videos of his guitar and drum skills - but this Nirvana jam is our favorite!
In Bloom (Nirvana) - Drum Cover - 9 Year Old Rollins
WIth much of the country under stay at home orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19 - musicians have been going a little stir crazy ... many have done living room concerts (see some of our favorites here) ... but the social distancing required just means that the concerts are solo sets.
But one group of musicians got a little creative - and used everyone's favorite new web conferencing software - ZOOM - to have a jam session .. and the output was somewhwre between a cornavirus anthem / PSA / parody song ... they reworked the classic BeeGees song Stayin Alive and told a story of what we should all be doing this weekend - Stayin Inside. Bravo guys!