This Is Your ALT-FYI
I'm Wesley Woodson
Music News

The 40th anniversary of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis’ death is on May 18. To honor his legacy, his former bandmates (and current New Order members) Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will take part in a livestream on the anniversary.

The duo will be joined by the Killers singer Brandon Flowers, Elbow, Kodaline and more to be revealed.

Titled  Moving Through the Silence: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Ian Curtis, the stream will feature two hours of live and exclusive conversation, music and poetry.

Donated funds will go to Manchester mental health charity Manchester Mind.

 

While the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been rescheduled for later this year, the organization is continuing to entertain music fans by unlocking the vault and sharing hundreds of videos from previous ceremonies. 

 

Over the last few weeks, the previously unreleased footage has started to appear on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s YouTube channel. Clips from 2019’s ceremony came first, but then the channel added performances and acceptance speeches from Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, U2, Mick Jagger, The Pretenders, Roxy Music and The Stooges.

The channel currently has more than 200 hundred clips available for your viewing pleasure. This year’s class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode

 

 

You can add the Black Keys and SlipKnot to the list of acts that have pulled the plug on touring this summer. At this point, cancellations come as no surprise, considering the COVID-19 pandemic is still in full-force, and only a couple of states have allowed live music to resume. In addition, Live Nation is gradually opening up small venues since playing a summer tour at an amphitheater in front of tens of thousands of people would be seen as socially irresponsible.

 

You can check out spin.com for the full list of tours and festivals that have been postponed and/or canceled due to the pandemic.

 

 

The 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar used by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain for his MTV Unplugged special, will be auctioned off by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on June 19-20. It’s valued at a whopping $1 million.

 

If dropping a cool $1 million is too much to stomach, you’re in luck. Fans can see Cobain’s guitar now at the Hard Rock Cafe in London and the following month at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills starting June 15.

The previous item from Cobain’s Unplugged special to be auctioned off was his sweater, which went for $334,000. Expect the guitar to fetch way, way more than that. 

 

John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, will host a virtual Q&A session on Facebook Sunday, June 7th to mark the digital release of the 2018 documentary about Public Image Ltd. titled The Public Image Is Rotten, Variety reports. The livestream event will start at 10 a.m. in the U.K. and 5 a.m. EST.

 

 

Guns N’ Roses have unveiled a new T-shirt that seems to slam President Trump’s recent visit to Arizona’s Honeywell factory. During the visit, Trump was spotted without a mask as workers blared the Guns N’ Roses cover of the James Bond theme song from Wings, “Live and Let Die.” 

The factory produces N95 masks for the federal government and features a sign at the facility stating that masks are required. In what seems like an attempt to mock the President’s carelessness, Guns N’ Roses have released a shirt that reads “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45. 

Per the band’s merch website, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares, which provides services and resources to those in need in the music community.

 

Beckett Cypher, the son of Melissa Etheridge and her former partner, filmmaker Julie Cypher, has died at the age of 21. Etheridge disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that Beckett’s death was related to opioid addiction. Etheridge and Cypher met in 1988 during a video shoot and went on to have two children — daughter, Bailey, and son, Beckett. In 2000, the couple revealed the sperm donor for their children was fellow musician David Crosby. Etheridge and Cypher called it quits in 2000, but continued to co-parent. Etheridge is also the mother of twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie.

 

Alanis Morissette and the producers of the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill have announced a livestream benefit for COVID-19 relief, sponsored by American Express. 

You Live, You Learn: A Night with Alanis Morissette and Jagged Little Pill will take place Tuesday, May 19th from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, via the Jagged Little Pill Facebook and YouTube channels, and all proceeds from the event will go toward the Actors Fund, providing emergency relief to members of the professional theater community. 

The livestream will feature conversations and performances by the cast of Jagged Little Pill, based on Morissette’s classic album of the same name. Morissette herself will perform and co-host the livestream with SafePlace International founder Justin Hilton

 

The Go-Go’s, a new documentary about the all-female New Wave band, will air on Showtime on August 1st at 9 pm E.T.

The documentary chronicles the Los Angeles band’s rise to fame in 1981 with the release of their debut Beauty and the Beat and examines their career, history and various incarnations.

 

David Byrne, Iggy Pop and Michael Stipe are among the musicians and artists participating in a new digital art project from artist Maurizio Cattelan called Bedtime Stories. A new installment of Bedtime Stories will be released on the New Museum’s website every day through the end of June.

Read & Listen On Any Device

  • TuneIn Radio App
  • Nexus Radio App
  • Nexus Desktop App
  • Our Front Page