Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni covers Pearl Jam for Lollapalooza

As reported by NME, Toni Cornell, the second daughter of Chris Cornell, has paid homage to her late father and Pearl Jam with a cover of the band’s 1991 smash song, ‘Black’.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/toni-cornell-pearl-jam-cover-2718751

Toni Cornell, the second daughter of Chris Cornell, has paid homage to her late father and Pearl Jam with a cover of the band’s 1991 smash song, ‘Black’.

15-year-old Cornell performed the cover as part of the Lollapalooza livestream, Lolla2020.

She dedicated her performance to her father, who died in 2017.

Watch Cornell’s performance below:

In June, Lollapalooza organisers announced the 2020 event had been cancelled, revealing a livestream event would be hosted instead.

From July 30 to August 2 (the original dates of the festival), Lolla2020 is streaming over 150 performances via YouTube.

This includes performances from past events by MetallicaJane’s Addiction and Run the Jewels, as well as specially-curated events.

Festival founder, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, will also be streaming a trio of performances – including a tribute to David Bowie.

In June, Toni remembered the Soundgarden frontman as part of a tribute on Father’s Day.

“Music was our life, so it really created a special bond between the two of us,” she said.

Toni’s Lolla2020 performance comes just days after her sister, Lily, aired the first episode of her podcast, ‘Mind Wide Open.’

The mental health-focused podcast premiered on July 20, marking what would have been the late singer’s 56th birthday.

“If it can make even one person feel seen and heard, I will have accomplished my goal,” Lily said.

Mystery Rockers ‘Nearly Skulls’ have a new album to add to your Bucket List

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

Skydiving, Bunjee Jumping, no matter whats on your Bucket List, giving Nearly Skulls’ long awaited new album ‘Bucket Listing’ a listen should be instantly fast tracked to top priority.

We’ve all been dying to know more about the mysterious rockers ever since we first heard their 2020 single ‘Dots’ and learnt that all they would reveal was that they are based in Manchester and comprise of Andy (guitars/bass); Paul (vocals; guitar) and Dean (drums)…though who knows if these are even their real names.

Their recently released music video for the heavily political track ‘American Rules’ connected few dots as the group were presented as the rock and roll skulls that they have taken on as their personas. However, the beauty is in the mystery and their debut album ‘Bucket Listing’ keeps the excitement alive with 13 tracks of classic rock greatness for you to get stuck into.

With their age and appearance being unclear ‘Nearly Skulls’ prove that you don’t have to have a certain look or persona to create unmissable rock earworms, stripping it back simply to raw musical talent. Blending statement tracks with a heavier twist such as ‘American Rules’ and ‘Headphones’ into a lineup with the laid back acoustics of ‘Be Better’ and soft rock beats of ‘Move Along’ mean that this album holds something for everyone and a track for every mood.

Always keeping us on our toes, Nearly Skulls let the music do the talking and leave us in the dark when it comes to the identity of these masked magic-makers, but the delivery of a firm rock favourite that we just can’t stop listening to is more than enough to keep us happy. And who knows, maybe one day the mystery will come to light…

You can listen to ‘Bucket Listing’ on Spotify via the link below and give ‘Nearly Skulls’ a follow on social media so you don’t miss out on any new tracks or potential identity clues.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/46P4BAMuO01I5SVGwgCIfO?si=Ic8Pu9MCTXulZNizjJv5YQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nearlyskulls/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nearlyskulls

Website: https://nearlyskulls.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8YIdzgoRNj_WgRnh_Go-5g/videos

Fundraiser set up for funeral of late Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson

As reported by NME, A fundraising page has been set up for Denise Johnson, the late Manchester singer and musician who was one of the vocalists on Primal Scream‘s ‘Screamadelica’.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/denise-johnson-funeral-fundraiser-primal-scream-singer-2717597

The singer’s death was confirmed on Monday (July 27) and was met with tributes from the likes of Ian Brown, New Order’s Stephen Morris, 808 State and more. She was 56.

DJ, producer and Paper Recordings co-founder Elliot Eastwick has now set up a GoFund Me page to pay for the late singer’s funeral, which he started with the blessing of Johnson’s family.

A statement on the page reads: “Along with and with the blessing from Denise’s family I’ve set this fundraiser up to pay for her funeral. We all miss her and loved her dearly. Please help if you can.”

The GoFund Me page has a current goal of raising £10,000 and is currently being shared online among fans. Over £2400 has been raised so far.

Confirming her death earlier this week, a statement from A Certain Ratio, with whom Johnson frequently collaborated and appeared live over 200 times, said: “She had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was ‘much better’ on Friday. She was found on Monday morning and the cause of death is not yet known.”

Johnson’s other credits include contributions to Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner’s supergroup Electronic as well as work on releases by New Order and I Am Kloot.

Johnson was preparing to release her debut acoustic solo album ‘Where Does It Go’ on September 25. The album consists of covers of Manchester bands including The Smiths‘ ‘Well I Wonder’ and New Order’s ‘True Faith’ as well as a number of her own original tracks.

Johnson’s death prompted tributes from across the Manchester music scene and beyond, including the likes of Stone Roses singer Ian Brown.

Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler described it as “very sad news” and shared the band’s ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’ in tribute to Johnson and the track’s producer Andrew Weatherall who died earlier this year.

Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order said he was “shocked and devastated” to hear of her death, while the Twitter account for 808 State said: “Her voice sews so many memories together in many contexts – but most of all she gave the best hugs.”

Erol Alkan sent his “most sincere condolences,” and also posted ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’, while Doves‘ Jimi Goodwin said he was “just devastated by the news of the passing of such a beautiful lady.”

Reverend & The Makers described her as “one of the real ones,” while The Chemical Brothers‘ Ed Simons called her “amazing.”

Tributes paid to much-loved Manchester musician and Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson

As reported by NME, Denise Johnson, a Manchester music legend who was one of the vocalists on Primal Scream‘s ‘Screamadelica’, has died aged 56

A statement from A Certain Ratio, with whom she frequently collaborated and appeared live over 200 times said: “She had been ill in the week prior to her death but told friends she was “much better” on Friday. She was found on Monday morning and the cause of death is not yet known.”

Johnson’s other credits include contributions to Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner’s supergroup Electronic, a number of collaborations with A Certain Ratio, and work on releases by New Order and I Am Kloot among many others.

Johnson was preparing to release her debut acoustic solo album ‘Where Does It Go’ on September 25. The album consists of covers of Manchester bands including The Smiths‘ ‘Well I Wonder’ and New Order’s ‘True Faith’ as well as a number of her own original tracks.

Johnson’s death prompted tributes from across the Manchester music scene and beyond, including the likes of Stone Roses singer Ian Brown.

Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler described it as “very sad news” and shared the band’s ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’ in tribute to Johnson and the track’s producer Andrew Weatherall who died earlier this year.

Stephen Morris of Joy Division and New Order said he was “shocked and devastated” to hear of her death, while the Twitter account for 808 State said: “Her voice sews so many memories together in many contexts – but most of all she gave the best hugs.”

Erol Alkan sent his “most sincere condolences,” and also posted ‘Don’t Fight It Feel It’, while Doves‘ Jimi Goodwin said he was “just devastated by the news of the passing of such a beautiful lady.” Reverend & The Makers described her as “one of the real ones,” while The Chemical Brothers‘ Ed Simons called her “amazing.”

Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter, Aimee, releases first single in four years

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

As reported by NME, ARO – the project of Ozzy Osbourne‘s daughter Aimee Osbourne – has shared her first new track in four years, titled ‘Shared Something With The Night’.

The track was released alongside a music video, directed by Jon Danovic. Watch the clip for ‘Shared Something With The Night’ below:

In a statement, Osbourne said she wrote the single while she was living in New York feeling alone and lost.

“The song is like a My Bloody Valentine lullaby for the romantically tormented that struggle to sleep at night,” she told Rolling Stone.

“I hadn’t fully connected with who I really was and what that meant yet. Hung up on the outcome of someone else’s approval of me to determine my own self-worth. This weird little song was an outlet for a lot of uncomfortability at the time.”

‘Shared Something With The Night’ is lifted from ARO’s forthcoming LP, ‘Vacare Adamaré’. Osbourne has shared her intent to release the tracks in EP-like instalments.

“I have been in a really great place creatively and personally which helps. I am forever interested and drawn to the unusual and love to combine genres. I definitely surprised myself with some of these new tracks,” she said.

Aimee Osbourne is the eldest daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Prior to her latest single, ARO’s last release was in 2016 with ‘Cocaine Style’.

AC/DC reflect on writing ‘Back In Black’ in memory of Bon Scott

AC/DC have reflected on writing their hit song ‘Back In Black’ in memory of late frontman Bon Scott.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/ac-dc-reflect-writing-back-in-black-memory-bon-scott-2715064

The singer fronted the band from 1974 until his death in 1980 at the age of 33. His official cause of death was given as acute alcohol poisoning.

As part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the seminal album ‘Back In Black’, the band have been sharing episodes of a new series The Story Of Back In Black on their YouTube channel, which give insight into the writing of songs from the record. In the latest instalment, they discussed the difficulties of writing a fitting tribute to their former bandmate.

Frontman Brian Johnson, who took Scott’s place in the line-up, reflected on the writing of the track. “I remember Back in Black was particularly difficult because the boys were saying, ‘Listen we want this song in memory of Bon, but we don’t want it to be sad or maudlin, we want it to be a good thing, positive song’,” he said.

“So it was pretty tough, but I think we managed it pretty good. It’s kinda slow but it’s got a great riff. It was a toughy, that one.”

Johnson added: “The guys wanted it to be a good rock record in memory of Bon but without all the slather, without all the mulch and the crap that usually goes with that. They wanted the album to be black and I filled it with lines like ‘Nine lives, cats eyes’ because Bon had lived on the edge for a long time and he’d always made it through.”

The short video also featured contributions from Malcolm and Angus Young, the former of whom died in 2017. “It’s different, completely different to anything that had come on before with rock,” Malcolm said in the clip. “It was almost funky in nature, or soul. It’s like a soul vibe.” Watch it above now.

Meanwhile, some of rock’s biggest voices have spoken on how ‘Back In Black’ shaped their lives. Speaking to NMEThe Darkness’ Dan Hawkins called the record “a permanent reminder to all musicians that we can achieve something mind-blowing when we come together as a group, have faith in one another and actually play together when we record.”

Here are all of Pearl Jam’s new 2021 European Tour dates

As reported by NME, Pearl Jam have announced details of their 2021 European tour – you can see all the dates below.

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/here-are-all-of-pearl-jams-new-2021-european-tour-dates-2714977

Back in April, the group postponed the European leg of their ‘Gigaton’ tour as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tour was due to begin in Frankfurt on June 23 and continue through until Amsterdam on July 23.

“We are working with all of our partners to reschedule these dates and will release the new tour routing as soon as we are able,” the group said at the time. “All tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled concert dates.”

Now, all the dates have been rescheduled and their European tour will begin in Amsterdam on June 16 2021. The group plan to revisit all the original places they’d intended but have now also added in two new dates – one at Pinkpop festival in Holland and another in Prague.

Speaking about the new dates, the group said: “We look forward to returning to Europe, pending these events can safely take place in Summer 2021. The safety and well-being of the band’s fans, crew and event staff continue to be priority.”

You can see the full dates below:

Pearl Jam 2021 Rescheduled Tour Dates 

JUNE 2021
16 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
17 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
20 – Landgraaf, Holland – Pinkpop Festival
23 – Berlin, Germany – Waldbuhne
26 – Imola, Italy – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
29 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion

JULY 2021
1 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
4 – Stockholm, Sweden – Lollapalooza Stockholm
6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
14 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena
16 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
18 – Paris, France – Lollapalooza Paris
21 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
23 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
25 – Prague, Czech Republic

Original tickets for the shows will still be valid but fans who can no longer make the new dates are being advised to contact ticket vendors to inquire about refunds. General public tickets are on sale now on the band’s website.

Supergrass to play Goose Island Presents virtual reality gig this summer

As reported by NME, Supergrass will play a one-off virtual reality gig for Goose Island Beer Company (August 21).

Original Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/supergrass-to-play-goose-island-presents-virtual-reality-gig-this-summer-2712901

The performance, which will be filmed at Manchester’s Band On The Wall, will be available to stream in full VR and 360º mode for ticket purchasers.

The iconic Britpop band recently reunited after a decade-long hiatus, performing at Glastonbury’s Pilton Party last summer, as well as sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace in March. The band were also set to perform as the headliners at this year’s Kendal Calling festival before its cancellation.

Fans can purchase entry to the stream for just £2 from Goose Island Presents, and all purchasers will be entered into a ballot for the chance to win 1 of 350 Goose Island branded VR headsets and a four-pack of Goose Island beer, delivered directly to their home. There are also five chances to win a virtual meet-and-greet with Supergrass via an online hangout on the afternoon of the show.

All proceeds from the event will be split equally between Nordoff Robbins, the vital music therapy charity championed by an array of British artists, and the band’s chosen charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Speaking to NME, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes revealed that the 25th anniversary of the band’s formation was crucial to their reunion. “Everything aligned in a way to make it possible,” Coombes said. “The idea of getting in a room and having a play together again was something we all instinctively agreed would be a cool thing to do.”

“Just to play those songs again and get in a room. That was it, really – it was no more than that. We didn’t want to look far into the distance. We just wanted to play and see what happened. It felt great.”

The band have confirmed that new music is currently not part of the reunion plans, with Danny Goffrey telling The Times “that the positive vibe of playing together would be compromised by going into a studio for ages.” The band released their last album, ‘Diamond Hoo Ha’ in 2008.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding Goose Island Presents Supergrass in the coming weeks.

Think you know punk rock? Think again. Millie Manders and the Shutups bring refreshing twist with upcoming album

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

Fresh of the back of the success of their highly praised singles ‘Silent Screams’ and ‘Your Story’, ‘Bitter’ is the final teaser from ‘Millie Manders and the Shutup’ that we will receive on the 7th August before their debut album ‘Telling Truth, Breaking Ties’ is unleashed to the world on October 23rd. Sticking true to their love of hardcore riffs and punchy vocals, this track is punk-rock to the core, oozing with soaring choruses and the ska-influenced twist on classic punk that they have become renowned for.

“Millie Manders and The Shutup as one of the UK’s most vital acts, and an adrenaline boost to even the most stoney-hearted music fan” 

New Noise

The London and Norwich based group consists of Millie Manders herself on Vox/Ukulele/Saxophone, Alessandro Vitiello on Drums, James Pendle on Guitars, Georgina Boreham on Bass and Dominic Walker on Sax/Trumpet/Synths. Throughout their album ‘Telling Truth, Breaking Ties’ you’ll be taken on an emotional rollercoaster of heartbreak, depression, anxiety and following dreams with each track presenting a new flawless blend of genres such as punk, ska, hiphop, pop and metal. Just when you think you know what to expect from this album, you’ll find yourself discovering a new layer of musical brilliance.

Not only does the standout sound of ‘Bitter’ make a statement but ‘Millie Manders and the Shutup’ are here to tackle important topics through their lyrics. The new single deals with the abandonment, trauma and maltreatment which arises from rape and sexual abuse and the bitterness this can catalyst.

Another one of our favourites from the album is ‘Silent Screams’ which incorporates the classic ska soundscape of legends such as ‘Madness’ and ‘The Specials’ with catchy melodies, sharp rock hooks and powerful vocals. Mander’s ability to addressing difficult topics in a raw and vulnerable manner throughout the album without feeling forced and willingness to warp your expectations of punk, working within genres outside of most’s comfort zones are what make Manders an obvious one to watch as their debut release draws closer.

“Manders’ music never feels overwrought with commentary, yet manages to convey its messages effortlessly” 

Louder Than War

Fans of Enter Shikari and Green Day will rejoice over the effortlessly cool, impactful earworm that is ‘Bitter’ and we can’t wait for you to see what ‘Millie Manders and the Shutup’ are set to bring to the table next. With vinyl and CD presales for their new album already piling up, make sure to grab yours from the link below so you don’t miss out and check out their previous tracks on Soundcloud.

Preorder: https://milliemanders.bigcartel.com/product/telling-truths-breaking-ties-vinyl

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/milliemusic

Already loving Manders and want to show your support? To coincide with the Release of “Bitter”, the band are releasing some new, strictly limited-edition merchandise and £5 from the sales of each vest and tee will go to The Survivors Trust – an umbrella charity for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Grab yours now before it’s too late: https://millie-manders.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milliemandersmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/milliemanders

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milliemanders/

Dave Grohl Takes Impassioned Stand ‘In Defense of Our Teachers’: They ‘Want to Teach, Not Die’

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

As reported by Billboard, Dave Grohl is raising his hand for teachers. In a new audio episode of his “Dave’s True Stories” series, which debuted on Wednesday (July 22), he offers a nearly 9-minute homage to educators entitled “In Defense of Our Teachers.”

Original Article: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9422525/dave-grohl-true-stories-in-defense-teachers

The love note to the teachers — like his mom, Virginia, who taught in public schools in their Ohio hometown for three decades — is the spoken-word version of an essay Grohl penned for The Atlantic on Tuesday. The piece is about his checkered experience in classrooms and the importance of keeping our teachers safe as schools across the country contemplate returning to live instruction next month in the shadow of the raging coronavirus pandemic.

“I hate to break it to you, but I was a terrible student,” Grohl admits at the outset. “Each day, I desperately waited for the final bell to ring so that I could be released from the confines of my stuffy, windowless classroom and run home to my guitar. It was no fault of the Fairfax County Public Schools system, mind you; it did the best it could. I was just stubbornly disengaged, impeded by a raging case of ADD and an insatiable desire to play music. Far from being a model student, I tried my best to maintain focus, but eventually left school halfway through 11th grade to follow my dreams of becoming a professional touring musician. (Not advised.)”

As he laments all the missed opportunities left behind after bailing on school, Grohl describes his recurring nightmares of being back in a crowded school hallways as a 51-year-old man, and the irony of a drop-out being concerned about the heated national debate over whether it is safe to re-open schools. Education Week reported that at least one-third of teachers are at high risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19 because about 29 percent of teachers are 50 or older, and that teachers’ workplaces already rank among the “germiest.”

“My mother was a public-school teacher. As a single mother of two, she tirelessly devoted her life to the service of others, both at home and at work,” Grohl says, recalling how she rose before dawn to make sure he and his sister were ready to go, and graded papers long into the night, with hardly any me-time as she worked multiple jobs to augment her meager teacher’s salary. As dedicated to teaching and mentoring as her son is to rocking your face off, Grohl says his mom was one of those teachers students remember long after they graduate.

“Often bumping into her at the grocery store and erupting into a full recitation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, like a flash mob in the produce aisle,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many of her former students I’ve met over the years who offer anecdotes from my mother’s classroom. Every kid should be so lucky to have that favorite teacher, the one who changes your life for the better. She helped generations of children learn how to learn, and, like most other teachers, exhibited a selfless concern for others. Though I was never her student, she will forever be my favorite teacher.”

Grohl knows the dedication it takes to tackle that “often-thankless” job — pointing to the other rock-star teacher moms who raised Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Adam Levine, Josh Groban, and Haim — and how those educators are now literally facing a life or death choice.

Just like every teacher has a lesson plan, Grohl says they deserve the same from a government asking them to go back into an uncertain situation. “America’s teachers are caught in a trap, set by indecisive and conflicting sectors of failed leadership that have never been in their position and can’t possibly relate to the unique challenges they face,” he says. “I wouldn’t trust the U.S. secretary of percussion to tell me how to play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ if they had never sat behind a drum set, so why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach, without her ever having sat at the head of a class? (Maybe she should switch to the drums.)”

“Teachers want to teach, not die, and we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are,” he says. “For without them, where would we be? May we show these tireless altruists a little altruism in return. I would for my favorite teacher. Wouldn’t you?”

Listen to the essay below.