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Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarist, Peter Green passed away “peacefully in his sleep” over the weekend at the age of 73.
When news spread on Saturday, musicians flocked to social media to pay tribute to the guitarist.
Mick Fleetwood remembered his “dearest friend” and bandmate in a statement.
“For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental!” he wrote. “Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer. No one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion!!!”
Green left the band five years before Stevie Nicks was added to the lineup, but the singer still took the time to acknowledge his influence on her. “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Green. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen,” she tweeted.
Other musicians such as Peter Frampton, Cat Stevens, and Johnny Mar also shared heartfelt sentiments about the impactful guitarist.
Green and Fleetwood formed the band in 1967, with Green departing in 1970 due to an ongoing battle with mental health and drug issues.
The guitarist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Danny Kirwan among others in 1998.
Alanis Morissette is coming clean about her struggles with addiction and therapy.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the singer-songwriter referred to herself as “such an addict,” pointing out “work addiction, love addiction and food addiction” as her vices and revealing she has battled an eating disorder since childhood.
On the bright side, the ’90s icon has had a regenerative experience with therapy throughout the years. So much so, she credits it as a literal lifesaver. “If I didn’t have a whole team of therapists throughout my life, I don’t think I’d still be here,” she confessed.
Morissette also shared how quarantine has been tough on her recovery. “At 3 pm, I might feel: ‘Wow, this is a huge gift, I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude.’ By 3: 15 pm, I’m raging. By 9 pm, I’m despondent. Isolation is the lighting of the match,” she said.
If it weren't for the coronavirus pandemic, Morissette would be on the road celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill; however, was forced to postpone the tour until 2021. Instead, her seminal album has been celebrated with a digital re-release. She’s also preparing to release a new album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, on July 31, and has previewed the new project with two tracks: “Reckoning” and “Diagnosis.”
The National’s Aaron Dessner, who co-wrote and/or produced 11 of 16 tracks on Taylor Swift’s folklore, described the “magic” collaborative energy that helped birth her freshly released eighth LP.
“It was a very surreal moment when she first contacted me, because we’d met before, twice in the past, mutual kind of admiration,” Dessner told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe.
“I knew she was a fan and we’ve always been fans of hers. But it was sort of like she reached out and said, ‘Would you ever be able to… or be interested in working on songs together?’ And I was like, ‘Sure. Like, wow.’ And then we just started to bounce around ideas.’
The musician, who already had a sizable amount of music created during the COVID-19 lockdown, quickly sent Swift a folder full of potential tracks. “It just kind of was crazy instant chemistry,” he said. “And she’s really just one of the most hardworking, sharp, focused, talented people I’ve ever encountered. So like when she had an idea, it was kind of magic and came very quickly.”
Dessner went on to describe the overall vibe as “very intimate,” noting the “raw” texture of Swift’s voice and the “organic” instrumentation.
Despite his passion for the project while they were in the process of creating it, Dessner kept the album hush hush— even going so far as to tell his eight-year-old daughter he didn’t know the pop megastar.
“One day she asked me,” he recalled. “She’s just like, ‘Daddy, do you know Taylor Swift?’ It was the morning after we’d written like one of these songs. And every time we would write a song, it was like a weird lightning bolt, getting this struck by lightning or something and just like exhilarated with electricity. I just looked her straight in the eye and said, ‘No.’ I honored my confidentiality.”
Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia will be honored via a nine-day livestream event hosted by the Rex Foundation and the Jerry Garcia Family.
The event, titled “Daze Between”, will feature exclusive live music performances and storytelling, and will occur August 1st through 9th this year to mark the 25th anniversary of Garcia’s death.
Proceeds will go to the Rex Foundation, Grateful Dead’s nonprofit organization which started in 1984.
In addition to Grateful Dead themselves, Daze Between will feature performances by Dead and Company, Bob Weir and the Campfire Band, the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band and the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band, along with dozens of other acts including Amos Lee, Hiss Golden Messenger, Graham Nash and more.
The livestream will also include a screening of Move Me Brightly, the 2012 concert film put on by Bob Weir to celebrate what would have been Garcia’s 70th birthday. This year, Garcia’s birthday celebration will be held within the livestream on August 1st with the day-long event Rock My Soul.
Beyond the livestream, Daze Between will host an online auction for memorabilia, including a guitar signed by Bob Weir, copies of Jay Blakesberg’s books of photography and a complete set of Jerry Garcia-inspired posters by Chuck Sperry.
In order to counter the cancellation due to the covid-19 pandemic, Lollapalooza organizers have found a digital workaround that will keep the yearly festival going.
The free Lolla 2020 livestream, airing from July 30th to Aug. 2nd exclusively on YouTube, will feature over 150 archival and original performances and appearances.
The four-day event will feature past headlining slots from Paul McCartney, OutKast, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Metallica, Chance the Rapper, Run the Jewels, Alabama Shakes, Ellie Goulding, and Tove Lo, among others.
Original live sets will include H.E.R., Kali Uchis, Vic Mensa, The Neighbourhood, Tank and the Bangas, Kaskade, Yungblud, ZHU, Pink Sweat$, Alison Wonderland, and more.
Farrell will lead a David Bowie tribute with pianist Mike Garson, join Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins for a performance with Kind Heaven Orchestra, and host conversations with performers like Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Chuck D, and Matt Pinfield.
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will make appearances throughout the event to co-host discussions with Farrell and LL Cool J.
The livestream will focus on causes important to Lolla history and Chicago itself, the festival’s longtime host.
On a sadder note, as previously reported, Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger recently predicted that live music — in its traditional forms — won’t return until late 2021 or “more likely” 2022.
The third season of Robert Plant’s podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant, showcases the superstar unpacking his massive musical back catalog once again. So it only makes sense that he provides you with music to follow along with him.
Along with releasing the first episode on Monday, the Led Zeppelin singer announced a 30-song anthology, Digging Deep, which includes three unreleased tracks.
The two-CD set, out Oct. 2 via Es Paranza, features material from each of his 11 solo albums, including highlights like “Shining All Around” and “Hurting Kind.” The previously unheard songs are “Nothing Takes the Place of You,” “Charlie Patton Highway (Turn It Up – Part 1)” from his upcoming album Band of Joy Volume 2, and a duet rendition of Charlie Feathers’ “Too Much Alike” with Patty Griffin.
The career-spanning collection also has an extensive ensemble of past collaborators like Jimmy Page, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Phil Collins, Nigel Kennedy, Richard Thompson and Strange Sensation/ The Sensational Space Shifters.
The podcast, which has garnered over 1.6 million streams, will unveil new episodes every two weeks.
Best Coast will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut, Crazy for You, by dropping a pre-filmed quarantine performance of the record — their first time playing it in its entirety.
The film features several guests, including Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, and Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry.
The Crazy for You “birthday party” is set for August 14 at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST.
The video will be archived for ticket buyers to watch for 72 hours after its premiere.
Tickets are on sale now, and any tips will be donated to the Loveland Foundation, which strives to “bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls” through “fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more.”
A trailer for the project displays Best Coast running through “Boyfriend” and looking back at the origins of their acclaimed 2010 LP.
The duo also announced some fresh merch (including face masks and T-shirts influenced by the album art) and a limited amount of ticket add-ons for a group Q&A succeeding the film’s premiere.
“We’re keeping the Q&A small so everyone gets a chance to ask us some questions about Best Coast / our music,” they wrote.
To say Neil Young is irritated with President Donald Trump would most likely be an understatement.
After expressing his disapproval of the president playing three of his songs — including “Rockin’ in the Free World” — before and following a speech in South Dakota, Young has had enough.
In a new essay featured on his Neil Young Archives website, the rocker says that he’s “reconsidering” taking legal action against the president over his use of “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
“I am changing my mind about suing President Trump,” Young began the essay.
“Reconsidering. I’m looking at it again. There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue. But then President Trump ordered thugs in uniform onto our streets. His idea. He ordered it himself. This is all DJT.”
Young followed the essay by showing a video where a Navy veteran was “attacked by Trump’s trooper thugs.”
After chastising Trump for his lack of response to COVID-19 and how “this rogue president is creating a much worse problem with his street thug army of uniformed hatred,” Young finished by stating that the meaning of “Rockin’ in the Free World” wasn’t intended for this situation.
In addition to writing an open letter to Trump earlier in the month, Young has vocalized his support of Black Lives Matter and released a reworked version of “Southern Man” in solidarity with the movement.
He issued Homegrown, a lost album from 1974 in June.