Author Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

In 2019, music icon Mavis Staples celebrated her 80th birthday – and a bunch of her musical friends gathered in Los Angeles for a special concert tribute at the Ace Hotel. On July 31, FANS will air Mavis 80, a Newport Folk Revival, a special concert streaming event featuring the performances from that birthday tribute last year. The concert event was filmed in 2019 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles to commemorate Staples’ birthday, a night that involved several notable musical guests. Taking part in Mavis 80, a Newport Folk Revival are the following: Brandi Carlile Jason Isbell Ben…

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Back in early March, Gavin Rossdale and alt/rock hitmakers Bush announced a new album, The Kingdom. The record is coming out this Friday, July 17, and was previewed with the lead single “Flowers on a Grave”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BftSWBDFUIA When Bush announced the new album, the news was tied to a big tour plan with Breaking Benjamin — but that tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O33FbbArWjU With the summer tour not launching this week as originally planned, Bush will instead stage a full production arena concert this Saturday, July 18, streaming the show for free online to celebrate the…

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day brought back his #NoFunMondays covers series this week. Paying homage to his background in classic punk rock tunes, the singer/guitarist opted for a rendition of “A New England,” one of the signature tunes belonging to English punk/rock icon Billy Bragg, which became a big hit for singer Kirsty MacColl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTMJPyfhPeU For comparison’s sake, here’s Bragg’s original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCfRcgoPxTw And the cover by Kirsty MacColl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnzpg5GgQCo “A New England” followed the most recent upload from Billie Joe Armstrong, his take on John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB28KkGUg2o With Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall…

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Minneapolis alt/rock band Semisonic, which hit it big in the late ’90s with its single “Closing Time,” from 1998’s Feeling Strangely Fine, recently premiered a new song. This was noteworthy, since “You’re Not Alone” is the first new music from Semisonic since 2001. The song is part of the You’re Not Alone EP, which will be released on Sept. 18. A music video was premiered for the track on Tuesday, and was directed by Phil Harder, known for work with acts including Foo Fighters, Prince, Liz Phair and Nada Surf. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPUj68fUsNc “For the new Semisonic video, ‘You’re Not Alone,’ we…

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Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer/roboticist and TV host known for stints on the program Mythbusters and the Netflix series White Rabbit Project, passed away suddenly due to complications from a brain aneurysm, it was reported by various outlets on Monday evening. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” said Discovery in a statement. Imahara, 49, joined Mythbusters in its third season and remained with the show until 2014. A graduate of the University of…

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The Beatles. Their music is timeless, their influence far-reaching, extending into nearly every aspect of culture. Help us decide the songs for an upcoming live stream concert event counting down the Top 50 All-Time Favorite Beatles tunes taking place over Labor Day Weekend. The concert event will be aired on Alert the Globe and Facebook Live (exact date & time TBA). Below, please write in your top 5 Beatles songs — your all-time favorites from John, Paul, George and Ringo. Note: Please only submit one Top 5 list. Thank you. Please, no duplicate song selections. Thank you!

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Over the weekend, the band Great White found itself the subject of much controversy for playing a concert in North Dakota, in a scene that didn’t appear to have any safety measures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic — that is, no face masks in the crowd or social distancing rules in place. https://twitter.com/BLABBERMOUTHNET/status/1282072009963237376 Public outcry about the concert, which was part of the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights series of performances, prompted an apology from the band: “We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time. We assure…

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A body has been discovered in Lake Piru, the location where Glee actress Naya Rivera disappeared last week, with TMZ reporting that the body is, in fact, the 33-year-old. https://twitter.com/VENTURASHERIFF/status/1282715917453897736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1282715917453897736%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpeople.com%2Ftv%2Fbody-found-lake-piru-naya-rivera-missing%2F Update: The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body was that of Naya Rivera on Monday afternoon: “We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said, adding “there is no indication of foul play or that this was a suicide. Last Wednesday, Rivera and her four-year-old son went boating in Lake Piru, a reservoir located in Ventura County. Eventually, somebody noticed…

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For four months, residents and staff of Sydmar Lodge Care Home in Edgware, England, have been stuck in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior citizen residents at the home are among the highest-risk members of the population, but they haven’t let the dire circumstances get them down. Quite the contrary, actually, as members of the community and staff put tremendous effort into recreating classic album covers while in lockdown, with rather incredible results. Robert Speker, the co-director of activities at the home, shared some of their work to Twitter over the weekend. Here’s the faithful recreations of records…

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Click the links below to enjoy our new July 2020 features. Paul Weller: ‘The Modfather’ Discusses Life in COVID-19 Isolation and His New Album, ‘On Sunset’ (The Interview) Waxing Poetic About the Majesty of Vinyl Records with Benmont Tench Top 11 Songs About Racism Q&A: Shirley King, Daughter of B.B. King, Joins Rock and Blues Icons on New Album ‘Blues for a King’ Behind the Curtain: Ian Wallace, Brad Dutz and Tal Bergman and the Music of ‘The Ten Commandments’ with Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert

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