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Wesley Woodson
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On Tuesday, a Twitter user who has since deleted their account said that Rage Against The Machine — a band whose name should speak for itself — and Tom Morello were “ruining” their fan base by sharing “political BS.” Well, Morello responded. And that’s when Twitter did its thing.“What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain ‘political BS,'” Morello said. “I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog.” The tweet has since received over 100,o00 likes and enough Twitter engagement to keep a RATM fan busy for several days on end.

After delaying the inevitable, Coachella will be canceled this year. According to a report in Billboard that looked into the challenges that AEG (the parent company of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice) is facing due to the pandemic, the 125,000-person-per-day festival could make a limited-capacity return in April 2021. Billboard also says that a larger, higher capacity comeback that’s more in line with what fans are accustomed to, could return in Oct. 2021. This all falls in line with what other promoters and experts have said about the concert industry: kiss 2020 goodbye, at least on a larger scale. Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean were all slated to headline this year’s event. It will now have to wait.

Former Of Mice and Men singer Austin Carlile has been accused by multiple individuals of sexual assault. Additionally, in one of the victims’ social media posts, they accuse Alternative Press of not running a story on the accusations after the outlet posted a story about Carlile earlier in the week. One of the accusers, Caitlin Stiffler, shared a lengthy statement on Facebook detailing the allegations and calling out Alternative Press for not reporting over 15 different stories shared with the publication regarding Carlile’s behavior. Reps for Carlile didn’t immediately respond to SPIN magazine’s request for comment. Alternative Press told SPIN magazine that a further statement on the matter would be forthcoming. Carlile left Of Mice and Men in 2016 to focus on his battle with Marfan syndrome.This all falls in line with what other promoters and experts have said about the concert industry: kiss 2020 goodbye, at least on a larger scale. Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean were all slated to headline this year’s event. It will now have to wait.

In what should come as a surprise to no one, Lollapalooza 2020 has been canceled. This year’s event was supposed to take place from July 30 through Aug. 2. There had yet to be a lineup reveal and tickets weren’t on sale. The Chicago Tribune was first to report the news of the cancellation. Taste of Chicago, the Air and Water Show, the Chicago Jazz Festival were also canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of the usual festival, Lollapalooza will have a weekend-long streaming event that will take place on the dates the festival was supposed to take place. Lollapalooza plans on returning in 2021 to celebrate its 30th anniversary in grand fashion. Lollapalooza already pushed its South American festivals to later this year, though those seem to be in question as well. Music industry insiders and experts don’t expect full, large-scale music events to take place until at least early next year.

While many states are starting to open, live music venues are still closed. And many owners have said that they may be shuttered for good due to the coronavirus pandemic. Los Angeles’ legendary Troubadour said in May that the venue may not survive the pandemic. The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) conducted a survey representing 2,000 members from all 50 states. And results found that 90% of the organization’s members say “they will close permanently in a few months without federal funding.” And while many are using the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), it won’t solve their current financial issues. If you would like to help the cause, visit SaveOurStages.com to send a letter to your representatives.

After pushing their spring tour to the fall, Smashing Pumpkins have canceled their Rock Invasion 2 tour. The Pumpkins were supposed to play several festivals and open for Guns N’ Roses this summer.

The Killers are showing their support for Black Lives Matter. They shared a performance of their political song “Land of the Free” with new lyrics that reference George Floyd’s murder. “How many killings must a one-man watch in his home,” Brandon Flowers sang while sitting at the piano. “Eight measured minutes and 46 seconds, another boy in the bag/ Another stain on the flag.” “Land of the Free” was released last year, and its original video was directed by Spike Lee. The Killers have also postponed releasing their upcoming album, Imploding the Mirage,, but you can listen their previously released singles, “Caution” and “Fire in the Bone,” now.

Dozens of celebrities were participating in the Obamas’ virtual graduation ceremony, sharing messages and music to the class of 2020. During the events, Bono introduced a cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day” with a thought-provoking speech about America. The socially distanced cover was produced by Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell and features Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Camila Cabello, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Leon Bridges, Noah Cyrus, and Ben Platt. You can view the video in our Music News page over at alt360.live

Anyone who listens to System of a Down’s music knows the lyrics are political, so it might come as a surprise that the band members don’t share political views. But if you ask John Dolmayan, “it shouldn’t be a shock.” Dolmayan’s explanation comes after he and singer Serj Tankian shared complete opposite views about the Trump presidency via social media. Tankian called for the president to resign after his response to Black Lives Matter protests while Dolmayan praised him for being the “greatest friend to minorities!

Even before she swept at the Grammys and recorded the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, Billie Eilish has long been the subject of conversations about body image due to how she dresses. In an interview with British GQ, Eilish described how she feels “trapped” by the self-image she created. Eilish continued speaking about her fame, feeling like she “never felt desired” and wore baggy clothes to express that, and explained her aggravation with being “clickbait.” She addressed issues about body image in the Not My Responsibility short film she showed during her brief tour that got interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After announcing their upcoming EP, Covers, Switchfoot have shared a new track from that project. And this time they put their spin on Vampire Weekend’s “Harmony Hall,” off of the band’s latest album, Father of the Bride. Switchfoot previously dropped their cover of “Swim Good” by Frank Ocean. Covers releases on June 19.

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