One of the latest at-home remote versions of a classic pop song comes courtesy of Modern English. Watch them do “I Melt With You” (the lead singer, lead guitarist, bassist and keyboardist are all original members):
Alas, the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be virtual. After being postponed from May to November, Hall Of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes has announced that this year’s class will be honored by a TV special on HBO (which televises each year’s ceremony) on November 7th (the day the delayed ceremony was to take place). In the meantime, here’s 2020 class member The Doobie Brothers with their recent at-home version of “Listen To The Music”:
Today (July 7th) is Ringo Starr’s 80th birthday, and to celebrate, he’s having a livestreamed event this evening on YouTube. Watch it here:
Word came this Monday morning that Charlie Daniels has passed away at 83 following a stroke. He was a legendary session musician in Nashville before he came to public fame with The Charlie Daniels Band (who performed in Eau Claire at Country Jam in 2019). Watch the video for their classic, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”:
That’s the name of the coming Aretha Franklin biopic, and we got a teaser Sunday evening on the BET Awards following a performance by Jennifer Hudson, who plays Franklin in the film. Watch both here:
We got news this Monday morning that Benny Mardones has passed away, at the age of 73, from Parkinson’s Disease. He of course is best known for the 1980 hit “Into The Night,” which became a hit again in 1989 via a newly-recorded version. Watch the video for the original here:
Tom Petty’s 1994 album “Wildflowers” will soon be the subject of a new project, and the demo of the big hit from that album — “You Don’t Know How It Feels” — has been released. Give it a listen:
Franke Previte talks about his song “One World” being re-done in the wake both of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on artists, and the recent protests for justice. He describes the writing in first release of the song in 1989/90, why he brought it back with new musicians with a new message, how fellow musicians are handling the pandemic, and how one can help charities through this song.