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Bikini to Kill It in 2021
After seeing their lengthy reunion tour wiped out by COVID-19, Bikini Kill has revealed when they’ll be hitting the road in 2021.
They’ll be starting out with a quick run in Europe, beginning on May 27 with a date in Belgium before concluding that run with a date in Berlin on June 10.
Kathleen Hanna and company will resume things in Oakland a month later at the Burger Boogaloo and will resume touring in full with a Sept. 10 show in Olympia, Washington.
In 2019, Bikini Kill played a limited number of dates in New York, Los Angeles, and London as a part of a surprising reunion.
This is the band’s first proper tour since 1997.
Karen O is O So The Buzz in Wine Country
Karen O has teamed up with Napa Valley winery Ashes & Diamonds to create 18 hand-painted magnum bottles of rosé.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer admitted that she hasn’t been making any new music during the pandemic and has pushed that creative energy towards painting wine labels. But she didn’t just work on this project for fun. O wanted to do her part in helping the Black trans community by donating 100% of proceeds to The Okra Project — an organization that brings home-cooked meals, monetary grocery assistance, and food education resources to the Black trans community.
Bottles are going for $250 each. And if you were planning to own one of these boozy pieces of art, unfortunately, they’re all sold out. But you can still see what the labels look like on the Ashes & Diamonds website now.
Paramore Almost Starts A Different Kind of Riot
The members of Paramore have been quite active in the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s death in May.
Singer Hayley Williams has marched alongside protestors and handed off her Instagram account to a group of teenage activists, while the band donated $25,000 across three organizations that fight for racial justice and against police brutality.
However, one of their calls to action was something that didn’t sit well with fans.
After a fan recreated Paramore’s Riot! album art to display names of police brutality victims, the band printed it as a poster for purchase with proceeds benefiting NAACP and Color of Change.
Though well-intentioned, fans were not pleased with the message it sent and responded to the since-deleted Twitter announcement with concerns about the poster being exploitative to the movement while offering suggestions of how the trio could better support BLM.
Paramore took the criticism to heart and removed the poster from its merch store.
Williams also addressed the situation on Twitter but has since deleted the tweets.
Williams concluded her message with a loving sign off. “Man, I love yall. I love seeing people educate and learn in the comments sections. Me included.”
Hayley Williams Sings in 'Unison' Before Going Under The Covers
In other Hayley Williams news, not only has she been active on social media, she never hesitates in chatting with her fans.
This past week, someone asked her to cover a Björk track, it may have taken a bit but she shared an acoustic version of the Icelandic singer’s 2001 song, “Unison,” which is off Björk’s Vespertine.
Williams dropped her debut solo record, Petals for Armor, back in May and has managed to get creative while in quarantine with a series of videos to go along with her songs on the album.
Head to YouTube to view videos for “Over Yet,” “My Friend,” “Why We Ever”, “Watch Me While I Bloom,” and “Dead Horse”.
The Killers Explode Their Release Date of Implode
The Killers have finally set a release date for their forthcoming album, Imploding the Mirage.
It will be out on Aug. 21 through Island Records, the band announced on their Instagram.
A number of guest artists appear on the album, including Lindsey Buckingham, k.d. Lang, and others.
It will be the band’s first album since 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful and sixth overall.
Take Foo Out To The Ball Park
This week the Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, and New Kids on the Block, were among the bands who played the Fenway Sessions, which benefited the Red Sox Fund and Live Nation’s Crew Nation charity which provided assistance to touring and venue staff. It was be hosted by Will Dailey.
Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl have popped up at a number of these streaming benefit events in recent months. The band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary earlier this month, and Grohl reflected on his memories of how he went from Nirvana’s “fifth drummer” to a star in his own right.
No P's or Q's Left for Q Magazine
British rock publication Q Magazine will close after 34 years.
The announcement was made in tweets by editor Ted Kessler on Monday morning.
The next issue, which comes out on July 28, will be the last.
The magazine was hit hard by a declining print market which was exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q’s final issue will be the greatest hits issue, featuring interviews from the likes of David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, and Prince.
Another Copyright Law Rearing Trumps End
In the end, copyright law really matters.
Last Saturday, President Donald Trump shared a clip made by a fan who used Linkin Park’s “In the End.” A few hours later, the clip was yanked from Twitter due to a copyright complaint by the band.
The late Chester Bennington once voiced his disapproval of Trump and the rest of his bandmates feel the same way.
Linkin Park joins a rapidly growing group of artists who expressed their displeasure at Trump using their music.
So far, Neil Young, the Village People, the Rolling Stones, and more have told the president to not use their music.
Judging by Trump’s tweeting of videos and music used before his speaking engagements, that list is likely to continue to grow.
Farrell's Career Gets Boxed Up
Perry Farrell will release a career-spanning box set that will look outside of his work in Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros. The set will encompass his entire 35-year career.
Titled Perry Farrell- The Glitz; The Glamour, the collection features 68 tracks and a release bills it, cements Farrell’s status as the “Godfather of Alternative Rock.”
The Glitz; The Glamour will be out on Nov. 6.
Soundgarden Looses Sanctions to Cornell's Widow
The surviving members of Soundgarden have dropped part of their counterclaim against Vicky Cornell, which they filed in May regarding 2019 I Am the Highway benefit show, after being threatened with sanctions by her legal team.
In the original filing, the band accused Cornell of using the funds from the show for “personal purposes for herself and her family.”
Despite dropping this part of the lawsuit, the Cornell and the surviving Soundgarden members will still be dueling over who owns unreleased audio recordings, Rolling Stone reported.
The bandmembers’ suit came nearly six months after Cornell sued the surviving band members, claiming they’re withholding royalties in an attempt to “strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over” the seven songs Cornell recorded before his death. That case is still ongoing.
Live Music To Remain Dead For Another 1 to 2 Years
Former WME global head of music/Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger said on the Bob Lefsetz Podcast that he doesn’t expect live music to resume “late ’21, more likely ’22” when the host asked him the timeframe for when concerts would resume, adding that “the whole thing is a shit show.”
His reasoning is that there are “probably 20″ hurdles that need to be solved before it resumes, include the virus itself, and insurers willing to cover events.
London's Gearing Up To Entertain Again
While the United States continues to struggle with containing COVID-19, across the pond, England is gearing up to reopen indoor music venues next month part of its Phase 4 reopening plan.
Last Friday, UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport announced “theaters, music halls, and other venues” will be able to host indoor concerts starting Aug. 1, following a successful pilot program with the London Symphony.
Audiences and performers are required to follow social distancing protocol that includes reduced capacity, limited ticket sales, increased deep cleaning of venues, use of e-tickets, and socially distancing between “performers, conductors [and] musicians … wherever possible.”