Courtesy of Storic MediaAlice Cooper, Peter Frampton and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder are among the many artists slated to take part in Rock for Relief, a star-studded streaming event airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT that will raise money for the Feeding America charity.
Cooper and Frampton will appear on the show, although its not clear whether they will perform. Felder, meanwhile, is part of a long list of confirmed performers that also includes George Thorogood, B.J. Thomas, Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge, former Derek & the Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, ex-Joan Jett & the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd, The Dead Daisies and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.
The Feeding America organization provides food to food banks across the U.S. and has been focusing lately on those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rock for Relief for be streaming at Storic Media's official YouTube channel. An encore presentation of the event will air at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT this evening.
To check out the full lineup and find out more details about the show, visit RockforRelief.net.
"Yes, I Have Ghosts," which is Gilmour's first new song in five years, features lyrics by Samson and was inspired by a character from her novel.
The track features David on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, and his daughter Romany on backing vocals and harp. The tune also features John McCusker on fiddle, while Damon Iddins contributed string quartet sampling.
"I was working on this song just as we went into lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers," Gilmour explains. "[B]ut, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn't be happier with the way Romany's voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation."
A companion video for "Yes, I Have Ghosts," which premiered Friday on Gilmour's official YouTube channel, features footage of David and Polly on the Greek island of Hydra (pr: EE-drah), where A Theatre for Dreamers is set.
As previously reported, the novel, which takes place in 1960, focuses on a circle of artists and writers who lived on Hydra, including the real-life Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. Cohen's music is a clear influence on "Yes, I Have Ghosts."
The A Theatre for Dreamers audiobook was produced by Gilmour and, in addition to "Yes, I Have Ghosts," features additional original music composed by David to accompany his wife's narration.
Courtesy of nugs.tvOn March 10, the surviving members of The Allman Brothers Band's final lineup got together under the moniker The Brothers to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary with a reunion concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Now nugs.tv is offer a streaming rebroadcast of the show for purchase over the July 4 weekend.
The webcast will be available starting Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m. ET in either HD or 4K, and viewers also have the option purchase the video as a bundle with an MP3 audio recording of the performance. Those who buy the stream will be able to watch the show on demand for 48 hours after they first start watching.
The concert featured founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe, as well as longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. They were joined by Derek's younger brother, Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks; former Allmans pianist Chuck Leavell; and ex-Double Trouble organist Reese Wynans.
The show was the final major concert held in New York City before the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In a post-concert interview with The Wall Street Journal, Jaimoe said, "It just felt like no BS, and all about music and love...I wanted to play music with my brothers. Everyone else is paying homage to the Allman Brothers music -- and some of us are still here."
Speaking about the event with American Songwriter, Haynes noted, "In a lot of ways, it was a show that we had talked about doing as the Allman Brothers Band but it never came to fruition. From the first moment of rehearsal it felt wonderful, and it just got better and better. I was very proud of everyone."
Here's the concert's set list:
Set One "Don't Want You No More"/"It's Not My Cross to Bear" "Statesboro Blues" "Revival" "Trouble No More" "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "Black Hearted Woman" "Dreams" "Hot'Lanta" "Come and Go Blues" "Soulshine" "Stand Back" "Jessica"
Set Two "Mountain Jam" "Blue Sky" "Desdemona" "Ain't Wasting Time No More" "Every Hungry Woman" "Melissa" "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "No One to Run With" "One Way Out"
David Redfern/Redferns; Columbia RecordsLike millions of others, COVID-19 has likely put a damper on your July 4 plans, but at least there's still music. To that end, YouTube has ranked the Top 25 songs that saw new life last Independence Day, and which will likely bounce back up their play charts over the weekend.
Not surprisingly, songs on the list mainly include tunes that mention America or the U.S.A., have patriotic themes or focus on having fun in the sun. Topping the tally is Ray Charles' classic rendition of "America the Beautiful," which enjoyed a spike of 6,000% last year. In second place was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," which had a 2,400% increase in views.
Other songs by veteran artists appearing on the list are James Brown's "Living in America" at #5, Lenny Kravitz's cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman" at #8 and Simon & Garfunkel's "America" at #10.
Further down the list, you'll find Chicago's "Saturday in the Park" at #11, John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" at #14, Rick Derringer's "Real American" at #15, The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." at #16, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "American Girl" at #18 and Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" at #24.
Here's the full list of YouTube's Top 25 songs from July 4, 2019, complete with how high the songs spiked over the holiday compared to every other day of the year:
1. Ray Charles, "America the Beautiful" -- 6,000% 2. Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A." -- 2,400% 3. Demi Lovato, "Made in the USA" -- 1,800% 4. Toby Keith, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)" -- 1,600% 5. James Brown, "Living in America" -- 890% 6. Fall Out Boy, "Fourth of July" -- 880% 7. Darryl Worley, "Have You Forgotten?" -- 670% 8. Lenny Kravitz, "American Woman" -- 650% 9. Granger Smith, "Merica" -- 585% 10. Simon & Garfunkel, "America" -- 505% 11. Chicago, "Saturday in the Park" -- 430% 12. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" -- 320% 13. Katy Perry, "Firework" -- 305% 14. John Mellencamp, "Pink Houses" -- 260% 15. Rick Derringer, "Real American" -- 250% 16. The Beach Boys, "Surfin' U.S.A." -- 245% 17. Miley Cyrus, "Party in the U.S.A." -- 240% 18. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "American Girl" -- 235% 19. Carrie Underwood, "All-American Girl" -- 215% 20. Toby Keith, "Red Solo Cup" -- 180% 21. Kid Rock, "American Bad A**" -- 160% 22. Lil Wayne, "God Bless Amerika" -- 145% 23. Little Big Town, "Day Drinking" -- 120% 24. Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" -- 120% 25. Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem" -- 120%
The record, which initially was made available exclusively via MusicGlue.com, features eight new instrumental pieces that boast a heavy, prog-rock sound. The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer recorded the album with a collective of musicians dubbed The English Rock Ensemble that includes guitarist Dave Colquhoun, bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Ash Soan.
The Red Planet is available on CD, as a two-LP red-vinyl set, as a CD/DVD collection and digitally.
Over the last few months, Wakeman has been posting a series of video updates and features on The Red Planet at his YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, Wakeman reports in a message on his official website that he is hoping to be able to return to the road in time for his planned Christmas tour this year.
He also reports that for 2021, "Lots of dates [are] being provisionally booked for prog concerts in the UK and hopefully around Europe plus a US piano tour and some South American keyboard shows, plus orchestral shows in Europe." These plans, of course, depend on what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other news, Wakeman is featured in a virtual video performance of the late Ian Dury's classic 1977 tune "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" that was put together by his friend, U.K. TV presenter and veteran drummer Fuzz Townshend. The clip is part of a campaign to raise funds for the U.K. charity Help Musicians.
Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark ProductionsFor the past 25 years, fans have been waiting for Alanis Morissette to confirm exactly who inspired some of her songs, especially "You Oughta Know." But even though the Canadian star is writing a book, don't expect her to tell all.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Alanis says of her book, "Well, I have written 1,300 pages, and in it, I’ve used every name. But I’m not going to name names [in the final product]."
"I mean, maybe I will if I get some permissions here and there, but...I’m not writing for some revenge-filled outcome," she adds.
"The irony for me is that I don’t care about my story. I’ve hired people to help me care, because I don’t," Alanis notes, adding, "My intention is not to just do a tell-all that ruins 25 people’s lives in one minute."
As to why she doesn't want to get back at the people who caused her pain -- experiences detailed in songs like "Hands Clean" -- Alanis points to "You Oughta Know" as an example of how she thinks.
"I mean, what I loved about it was that there’s only a certain amount that I’ll share about my personal story. I love revenge fantasy, but my intention is not to seek revenge," she explains.
"And so the song is really written to get it out of my body because I’m such a Canadian imploder," Alanis goes on. "[I]t’s just really responsible of me to get it out so that I stay healthy. And then once the record is finished, and I share it with people, it’s not mine anymore."
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts and Music FestivalFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has released a new song featuring one half of the band's original lineup.
The track, which Klinghoffer recorded under his solo moniker Pluralone, is called "Nowhere I Am," and it features Flea on bass and Jack Irons on drums. You can listen to it now streaming via Spin.com.
Both Flea and Irons were among the co-founders of RHCP, along with frontman Anthony Kiedis and guitarist Hillel Slovak.
Flea and Kiedis, of course, are still in the band; current-day drummer Chad Smith joined in 1988, while longtime on-again-off-again guitarist John Frusciante returned to the group late last year, replacing Klinghoffer, who'd been a member since 2009.
Klinghoffer, meanwhile, popped up during Pearl Jam's performance of their single "Dance of the Clairvoyants" during the All in WA virtual benefit show last week.
Bettman/Getty ImagesPlans have been unveiled for a new biopic about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein called Midas Man that will be directed by Grammy-winning film and video director Jonas Akerlund.
Variety reports the movie is expected to be released in 2021, and will be shot in The Beatles' and Epstein's hometown of Liverpool, U.K., as well as in London and the U.S.
Epstein discovered The Beatles in 1961 and officially became their manager the following year, helping to guide the group to superstardom. He also managed such Liverpool acts as Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black, and later helped promote stars like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream and Pink Floyd. Brian died in 1967 of an apparent accidental sleeping-pill overdose. He was 32.
A statement from the project's producers describes the movie as "an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire." That "risk" refers to the fact that Epstein was gay at a time when male homosexuality was illegal in the U.K.
Akerland said in a statement, "Brian Epstein's story has everything I'm looking for…it's all about Brian's singularity for me. I love that Brian seemed to know every step of the way what no one else knew, he saw things that no one else saw. His vision was astonishing, he created a culture that didn't exist."
Jonas' credits include directing videos for Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran and many others. He won Grammys for McCartney's Live Kisses film, and for Madonna's The Confessions Tour concert video and "Ray of Light" music video.
Midas Man co-producer Trevor Beattie says of Akerlund, "[He has a] rock and roll heart" and "understands music and the music industry."
ABC/Heidi GutmanAfter over a month off, Billie Joe Armstrong has brought back his "No Fun Mondays" covers series with a performance of the 1971 John Lennon protest song "Gimme Some Truth."
As the Green Day frontman explains, he first heard "Gimme Some Truth" performed by the '70s punk band Generation X, which featured a young Billy Idol. Armstrong reckons that his version "lands somewhere in between" Lennon's original and Gen X's cover.
You can listen to Armstrong's performance streaming now via his Instagram page.
Armstrong launched "No Fun Mondays" back in March, and promised to release a new cover each week "until we're let back out into the world," though he hadn't uploaded anything since May before dropping "Gimme Some Truth" late Wednesday night.
Some of Armstrong's covers include" I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James & the Shondells, "Manic Monday" by The Bangles with Susanna Hoffs, the Adam Schlesinger-penned song "That Thing You Do!" and "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde.
Additionally, Green Day released a cover of the Blondie classic "Dreaming."
Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; J.RosePaul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart are are among the 1,500 people and groups who've signed a letter asking the U.K. government to support the live music industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter, addressed to the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, was signed by artists who would otherwise have been performing at festivals this summer.
Others signing on to the campaign include Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, The Kinks' Ray Davies, Van Morrison, Genesis, Phil Collins, Sting, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler, Chrissie Hynde, Lionel Richie, Yes, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Tom Jones, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, The Cure and Simply Red, as well as crew members and venues.
"Live music has been one of the U.K.'s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade," reads the letter. "But with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak."
According to Music Week, the live music sector supports some 210,000 jobs and adds billions to the economy, but tens of thousands may find themselves out of a job in the coming year.
Among the requests: a "clear, conditional timeline" for reopening venues, plus financial support and a tax exemption on ticket sales.
The secretary responded on Twitter, "I understand the deep anxiety of those working in music & the desire to see fixed dates for reopening. I am pushing hard for these dates & to give you a clear roadmap back."
Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF; ABC/Lou RoccoSmokey Robinson and Alanis Morissette are among the music artists taking part in a new series of audiobooks from the Audible company dubbed Words & Music, said to offer "original musical narratives" that combine storytelling and music.
According to Audible, Robinson's audiobook will feature "the personal recollections of an icon, recount[ing] a legendary career spanning 70 years with unprecedented detail through raw, unmediated storytelling and music performance."
"It's always been my passion to create experiences that touch and move people," says Smokey. "I'm humbled to have the opportunity to share my story, the stories of my incomparable contemporaries like Marvin [Gaye] and Aretha [Franklin], plus my music with the millions of Audible listeners who are looking for authentic stories told in ways they've never experienced before."
Meanwhile, Audible explains that in her project, Alanis "unpacks a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in a powerful and thoughtful rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and human being."
The audiobooks currently are in production at the artists' respective home studios.
Kicking off the new Word & Music series will be a release from alt-rocker St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark.
Workingman's Dead: The Angel's Share features two-and-a-half hours of recordings compiled from dozens of 16-track reels that recently were discovered in unmarked boxes.
The collection features at least one partial or complete take of all eight songs that appear on Workingman's Dead, as well as between-take comments and conversations by the band members, and "talkback" between the musician's and album co-producers Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor-Jackson.
The sessions took place in February and March 1970 at Pacific High Recordings Studio in San Francisco.
Among the many highlights of the Angel's Share recordings is a full outtake performance of "Casey Jones" that serves as the collection's finale. At the end of the take, Jerry Garcia is heard declaring, "F***ing A, man!"
As previously reported, the Deluxe Edition of the 50th anniversary Workingman's Dead reissue is a three-CD set featuring a newly remastered version of the original album and a previously unreleased live performance recorded on February, 21, 1971, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
Workingman's Dead was released in June 1970, and peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200. The album has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the U.S.
Here is the track list of the Workingman's Dead: The Angel's Share collection:
Courtesy of Rhino/Scheme EngineCoinciding with the holiday weekend, a new Eagles concert film titled Live from The Forum MMXVIIIwill premiere on ESPN this Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The movie features performances from a sold-out three-night stand the Eagles played on September 12, 14 and 15, 2018, in the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California. The program will be introduced by ESPN announcer Chris Berman, a longtime Eagles fan.
"Sports and music have long been at the top of the list for being able to bring people of all types together. The Eagles have been doing just that for almost half a century," says Berman. "We at ESPN are thrilled beyond belief to share this premiere with everyone! What a wonderful way to cap off the holiday weekend!"
Adds Eagles manager Irving Azoff, "Music and sports fans have been shut out from live events for more than three months. The premiere of Live from The Forum MMXVIII, this July 4th weekend on ESPN, is the Eagles' gift to their fans."
The film, along with a companion album, will be issued in multiple formats and configurations on October 16. This will be the first Eagles release featuring the group's current lineup, which includes country star Vince Gill and Deacon Frey -- son of late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey -- joining longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.
Live from The Forum MMXVIII will be available as Blu-ray/two-CD or DVD/two-CD sets, a four-LP vinyl or two-CD audio-only collections, digitally and via streaming. A super deluxe box set featuring the Blu-ray, two CDs and four LPs also will be available.
"Seven Bridges Road" Joe Walsh: "How ya doin'?" "Take It Easy" "One of These Nights" Don Henley: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen" "Take It to the Limit" "Tequila Sunrise" "In the City" Timothy B. Schmit: "Hey, everybody, that's Joe Walsh" "I Can't Tell You Why" "New Kid in Town" Don Henley: "Just want to thank all of you…" "How Long" Deacon Frey: "Hello, everybody…" "Peaceful Easy Feeling" "Ol' 55" "Lyin' Eyes" "Love Will Keep Us Alive" Vince Gill: "How about a nice hand for California, man..." "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away" "Those Shoes" "Already Gone" "Walk Away" Joe Walsh: "Is everybody OK?" "Life's Been Good" "The Boys of Summer" "Heartache Tonight" "Funk #49" "Life in the Fast Lane" "Hotel California" "Rocky Mountain Way" "Desperado" "The Long Run"
Courtesy of the Orbison FamilyA few months ago, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh took part in an impromptu jam session with the late Roy Orbison's four-year-old grandson, Roy Orbison III. The two performed Walsh's classic song "Rocky Mountain Way," and now you can check out a YouTube video of the adorable performance.
The rockin' toddler, who was just three at the time, joined Joe on vocals while strumming a cigar-box guitar.
The jam took place at the home of Roy III's dad, Roy Orbison Jr., and also featured Joe's wife Marjorie, Roy Jr.'s wife Asa, and Roy III's younger brother, Bo, as well as Roy Jr.'s brother Alex on drums. At the end of the video, Roy III tells Joe, "I want to do that again."
Walsh happens to be Roy III's godfather and also is, according to Roy Jr., "his guitar hero."
"He watches Joe on YouTube every day and would rather watch Joe talk about guitars than a regular cartoon," Roy Jr. explains.
The jam session wasn't the first time Roy III got to display his musical talents. In 2017, when he was just 10 months old, Roy was featured playing tambourine and strumming a pre-tuned guitar on a reworked version of his grandfather's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman." That song was released on the album A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
CNNPat Benatar, Kenny Loggins, Carlos Santana, Don McLean, The O'Jays and Barry Manilow are among the stars that will be featured performing this Saturday on the four-hour CNN special The Fourth in America.
Pat and Carlos will be joined by their musical spouses, guitarist Neil Giraldo and Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, for their respective performances.
The primetime special also will include footage of fireworks shows in various U.S. cities, including New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as tributes to "our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all and are working on the front lines to protect us from...the coronavirus."
In addition, the lineup of performers includes legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, singer/songwriters Jesse Colin Young and Jewel, country stars Billy Ray Cyrus and Martina McBride, pop artist Andy Grammer and more.
In addition, the special will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations and Girl from the North Country, the latter of which is based around Bob Dylan songs.
CNN's Don Lemon and Dana Bash will co-anchor The Fourth in America, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. You also can stream the show live at CNN.com and on CNN app.
Norman SeeffSince we can't mark Independence Day by going out and enjoying live music, James Taylor is bringing the celebration right to your laptop or phone.
On July 4, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is streaming the concert he did in August of 2015 at Boston's iconic Fenway Park, free on his official YouTube channel, and on his Facebook page. The concert, which includes a guest appearance by James' pal Bonnie Raitt, streams at 2 p.m. ET on YouTube, and at 5 p.m. ET on Facebook.
In addition to Bonnie joining James for a version of the Eddie Floyd classic "Knock on Wood," plus James' on "Shed a Little Light," the concert features Taylor performing such classics as "Fire and Rain," "Your Smiling Face," "You've Got a Friend," "Shower the People," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "Copperline," "Mexico," and "Sweet Baby James."
While the concert is free, James is streaming it in support of Live Nation's Crew Nation initiative, which supports all the concert crews who've been put out of work due to the shutdown of the live music industry, as well as the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox.
Credit: dhlovelifeAfter playing for a bunch of chickens and ducks in his barnyard in the fifth installment of his "Fireside Sessions" series of performance videos, Neil Young's sixth and latest episode showcases the folk-rock legend playing songs from his porch.
During the 33-minute video, Young focuses mainly on songs with political or social themes, perhaps chosen to reflect the current volatile climate in the U.S. in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.
Young kicks things off with a rendition of his 1972 song "Alabama." Next up is a version of Neil's 1977 rarity "Campaigner," followed by his classic 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young protest anthem, "Ohio."
After a brief interlude promoting the Navajo Water Project charity -- featuring a horse and two alpacas grazing next to a white teepee -- Neil is shown playing a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" inside a large teepee-shaped tent.
Young returns to the porch for a performance of his 2006 song "Lookin' for a Leader," with updated lyrics referencing his negative feelings about President Trump. He then kicks into his 1970 classic "Southern Man."
Neil switches locations for his next performance, standing on what appears to be a stone patio as the sun sets behind him while playing "Little Wing," a song from his recent collection of archival mid-1970s acoustic tunes Homegrown.
A message posted at Young's Neil Young Archives site announcing the new "Fireside Sessions" video notes that the new performance is "for the times…"
It also asks people to donate to Navajo Water Project's Project Give Water campaign. It helps provide clean running water to Navajo families, many of whom still don't have taps or toilets in their homes.
Gus Stewart/YouTubeLike seemingly every other artist, Elton John had to pause his tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now he's figured out a way to give fans the gift of live music, and raise money for a good cause in the process.
Starting on Friday at 12 p.m. ET, Elton is launching a weekly archival concert series on his official YouTube channel.The Elton John: Classic Concert Series will kick off with Live at the Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, a 1976 show that's being made available digitally for the first time.
This particular concert features Elton performing classics like "Daniel," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets," "Skyline Pigeon" and "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)." After this show, he didn't play another full concert for seven months.
Following Friday's launch, a new concert will then premiere every Saturday at 12 p.m. ET for six weeks, and there will also be limited-edition merch to go along with the series. While enjoying the shows, fans will be asked to donate to Elton's AIDS Foundation, in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
"My Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps front line partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities," Elton says in a statement.
He continues, "We cannot jeopardize HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I'm really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation's urgent COVID response."
Rich Fury/Getty ImagesLenny Kravitz will chronicle his early life in his new book, Let Love Rule: A Memoir, named after his 1989 debut album, Let Love Rule.
On Tuesday, the Grammy-winning rock star took to Instagram to wish everyone well and to share details about the book, which arrives this fall.
"The book is about the first 25 years of my life, culminating in the release of my first album," he said in the video. "Those years shaped me and taught me so much about myself and also formed a message of love and unity, that I still believe in still this day. It's a message I stand for and will live by forever.
Kravtiz added, "I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with you. I hope to see you all out on the road as soon as I can."
Co-written with songwriter and biographer David Ritz, Let Love Rule: A Memoir will also feature characters inspired by Kravitz's family, including his parents and his ex-wife, Lisa Bonet, "the young actress who becomes his muse."
According to a press release, "despite his aspirational energy, [Lenny] turns down record deal after record deal, until he finds his true voice...the same voice that is able to declare Let Love Rule to an international audience is the very heart of this story."
A four-time Grammy winner, as well as an actor, photographer and designer, Kravtiz is still making music with a message and lending his voice to the resistance, such as on his latest album, Raise Vibration.
UMeThe Go-Go's will release their first new song in almost 20 years, "Club Zero," on Friday, July 31, one day before their new self-titled documentary gets its TV debut on Showtime.
The punk-influenced tune, which you can pre-save now at Spotify, features lyrics that offer optimism and a call for change.
"Club Zero" was created through email exchanges by the band's members and recorded in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A live version of the tune is featured in the movie, which includes a segment showing the track evolving as the group plans a performance at one of their old stomping grounds -- the famous Sunset Strip club The Whisky a Go Go.
Meanwhile, a new trailer for The Go-Go's doc has debuted on Showtime's official YouTube channel. The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, tells the story of The Go-Go's from their emergence from the L.A. punk scene to become the most successful all-female rock band ever, to the conflicts and issues that led to their breakup after only a few years, to their multiple reunions.
As seen in the trailer, the film features new interviews with all five Go-Go's members -- frontwoman Belinda Carlisle, guitarist/singer Jane Wiedlin, guitarist/keyboardist Charlotte Caffey, drummer Gina Schock and bassist Kathy Valentine -- as well as archival footage and photos, and conversations with other music stars, including The Police's Stewart Copeland.
The movie was directed by Alison Ellwood, whose credits include the Laurel Canyon docuseries and the History of the Eagles two-part documentary.
The Go-Go's premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, August 1.