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Author Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

With the entire entertainment industry forced to figure out how to keep busy while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic and with subsequent stay-at-home ordinances in place, Rolling Stone recently launched the In My Room concert series on Instagram, which has since featured mini-sets from the likes of Graham Nash, John Fogerty, Angelique Kidjo and more. As its name suggests, it’s an opportunity to watch music icons play mini-concerts from the safety of their homes, and it launched on Instagram with a special performance from Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, performing “Love & Mercy” and “Do It Again”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgr9HyG1qs…

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On Tuesday, Kings of Leon premiered a new song — and “Going Nowhere” is very much an anthem for our time, the coronavirus pandemic keeping most of us sheltering-in-place in our homes or somewhere safe in hopes of curbing the spread of the illness. A video for the song, a tender acoustic ballad performed by singer Caleb Followill, was shot in Nashville and features the musician in an empty room, singing to nobody and everybody at the same time. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-aEz1jg-T2/ Along with the song, Kings of Leon include the message: “Stay safe. Stay home. We will see you as soon…

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Sad news from the jazz world on Tuesday, as renowned trumpeter Wallace Roney has passed away at the age of 59 from complications from COVID-19. Roney had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday, according to his fiancee, Dawn Felice Jones, with NPR noting that he passed away at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. SF Jazz posted a lengthy remembrance of Wallace Roney on its Instagram page — the sort of remembrance that lays out all of Roney’s amazing contributions and collaborations over the years, elements of his career that made him an icon among the scene:…

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The Foo Fighters had to postpone their scheduled 25th anniversary ‘Van Tour’ due to the coronavirus pandemic — and on Tuesday, Dave Grohl & the crew announced a bunch of rescheduled dates. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-aMJMtDhrx/ The new dates will take place in December, barring any more adjustments to the schedule; Previously scheduled for 4/12/2020 NEW DATE 12/5/2020 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena https://FooFighters.lnk.to/Phoenix Previously scheduled for 4/14/2020 NEW DATE 12/3/2020 Albuquerque, NM Santa Ana Star Center https://FooFighters.lnk.to/ABQ Previously schedule for 4/16/2020 NEW DATE 12/1/2020 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena https://FooFighters.lnk.to/OKC Previously scheduled for 4/18/2020 NEW DATE 10/17/2020 WICHITA, KS INTRUST…

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How’d you like to have Dolly Parton read your children bedtime stories? That sounds pretty comforting, especially in the confusing age of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s exactly what the country icon will be doing beginning later this week. Launching on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. EDT will be “Goodnight with Dolly,” a new video series she announced this week. Beginning with a reading of “The Little Engine That Could,” Dolly Parton will read one book per night from her Imagination Library. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ia-ozHDaLs Said Dolly in a statement about this new series: “I hope this gift will further inspire…

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In 1985, rock and roll writer Steve Rosen headed to Sunset Boulevard to interview Tom Petty. Southern Accents, Petty’s sixth album with the Heartbreakers, had recently been released and Petty was doing press for the record. What ensued was an interview between Tom Petty and Steve Rosen that spanned more than an hour. Rosen’s piece about the interview ran in 2008 at Ultimate-Guitar.com, but here, below, is the full audio conversation between the two of them … a real snapshot of Petty at the peak of his musical powers, so to speak. Rosen is hosting the audio of this interview…

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Adam Schlesinger, renowned songwriter/musician known for his work with power pop/rock band Fountains of Wayne as well as being a principal member of the songwriting team behind the quirky music of the CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is currently hospitalized and on a ventilator as a result of the coronavirus, it was reported on Tuesday. Variety sent on a message from Schlesinger’s longtime attorney, Josh Grier, adding that the musician is on a ventilator but is not in a coma, which was a detail making the rounds in earlier reports: “He’s very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people…

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In these trying, confusing times, music can be a healer — of the mind, the spirit and our sensibilities, especially as we try to navigate the difficulties of existing amid the coronavirus pandemic. In his latest e-mail newsletter to fans, Sir Paul McCartney sent along a playlist of songs from throughout his repertoire “inspired by home, family and kindness,” precisely the type of music we need right now. Along with the playlist, Paul McCartney sent this message along as well: Hello, spring! Along with the season, this has been a month of changes for many of us around the world.…

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This summer, prog-rock icons Kansas will release a new studio album, and on Monday the band lifted the curtain on a bit of The Absence of Presence with additional details and a five-song video teaser. Opening with singer Ronnie Platt greeting fans and introducing the preview, it then showcases snippets of five songs from the record … each of them powerful, epic and grandiose in that classic Kansas style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjIX7SC0nQM The nine-song LP is scheduled to be released on June 26, and is the follow-up to 2016’s The Prelude Implicit. As of now, the band’s planned participation in the Juke…

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Rarely has the concept of streaming media been more relevant to our society than right now. With millions of people the world over confined to their homes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global restrictions put in place regarding pretty much everything outside the home, we look to streaming services for entertainment — and The Doors fans are in luck, because at least four marquee productions about the band are currently available via Amazon Prime. The legendary band’s social media channels passed the information along on Monday: https://twitter.com/TheDoors/status/1244720059035144193 When You’re Strange is a 2009 documentary focusing on the…

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