ABC/Randy HolmesWith all the quarantining going on amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find yourself with more time to learn that instrument you always wanted to master. If, for example, you're an aspiring drummer looking for tips, then look no further than Roger Taylor's Instagram.
The Queen drummer has basically turned his Instagram profile into an online drum school, sharing tutorials from all the tricks he's picked up over his legendary career. What's more, he's recruited artists such as Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden's Matt Cameron to share their tips, as well.
Hawkins sent in a video showing how to play a 4/4 beat while adding in a drum fill, while Cameron demonstrated how to add "grace notes" to your beat.
After watching those videos, you can also hear Hawkins and Taylor collaborate on Get the Money, the latest album from the Foo drummer's side band, the Coattail Riders.
Credit: Andreas NeumannFoo Fighters have postponed the remainder of their Van Tour dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier in March, Dave Grohl and company had announced that the first leg of the run, set to take place in April, would have to be moved. Now, the second leg, scheduled for May, has also been pushed back.
The good news is that all the shows have been rescheduled for later this year in October or December. Visit FooFighters.com for the full list of dates and all ticket info.
The Van Tour will make stops in the same cities the Foos played on their debut tour in 1995.
Additionally, Foo Fighters are planning a big Fourth of July stadium show in Washington, D.C. to mark the 25th anniversary of the group's first album. That date has so far been unaffected by COVID-19.
Courtesy Boston CallingThe 2020 Boston Calling festival has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Headliners for the three-day event, which was set for May 22-24 at the Harvard Athletic Complex, included the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Other artists on the bill included The 1975, The Struts, Angels & Airwaves, Liam Gallagher and Brittany Howard.
"We are heartbroken," festival organizers say in a statement. "However, the health and safety of our audience, artists, partners, vendors, first responders, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we felt that this was the only acceptable way forward."
Ticket-holders may receive refunds, or transfer their tickets to the 2021 festival.
Jason Merritt/FilmMagic for Superfly PresentsFountains of Wayne bassist and songwriter Adam Schlesinger has been hospitalized with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The musician's attorney Josh Grier tells Varietythat Schlesinger is currently on a ventilator, but is not in a coma, as had been previously reported by other outlets.
"He's very sick and is heavily sedated, as are all people on ventilators, but no one has used the word 'coma' to me," Grier says.
Schlesinger co-founded Fountains of Wayne with lead singer and guitarist Chris Collingwood in the mid-90s, and the two shared songwriting duties throughout the band's five-album career. Fountains of Wayne found mainstream success with their 2003 single "Stacy's Mom."
Outside of FoW, Schlesinger has been active in the TV and movie scene. He wrote the title song to the 1996 Tom Hanks-directed film That Thing You Do!, which was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and he's won an Emmy for his work on the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Schlesinger also won a Grammy for co-writing and co-producing the A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! album.
Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.
Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”
Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
YouTube OriginalsWhile Coachella 2020 won't be happening until later this year in the fall, perhaps a sneak peek at two decades' worth of the California festival can help you make it through the wait.
A new trailer for the upcoming documentary Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert is out now. The three-minute clip includes performance footage of Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine,Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Billie Eilish and HAIM.
The film, which was produced by YouTube, will premiere on the streaming platform on April 10, the same day Coachella 2020 was supposed to start before it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new dates for Coachella 2020 are October 9-11 and October 16-18.
ABC/Eric McCandlessIf you've ever wanted to choose Billie Eilish's hair color, now's your chance.
The "bad guy" singer has released a digital version of her own coloring book. It includes a variety of sketches of Billie, including the WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? album cover.
You can download the book for whatever price you want via Store.BillieEilish.com. All proceeds will be donated to UNICEF.
By the way, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, which spawned the singles "bad guy," "bury a friend" and "you should see me in a crown," celebrated its one-year anniversary over the weekend. Since then, Eilish has released the single "everything i wanted" and the James Bond theme song "No Time to Die."
ABC/Rick RowellBillie Joe Armstrong is hoping to help us through COVID-19 with a new cover every Monday.
"Welcome to No Fun Mondays," the Green Day frontman says. "Going to release a cover song every week until we're let back out into the world."
This week's installment of No Fun Monday -- technically the first in the series -- is a rendition of "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," a 1978 single by New York Dolls and The Heartbreakersmember Johnny Thunders.
Last week, Armstrong released a cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James and the Shondells, but that was before he officially launched the weekly series.
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975's upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form has been delayed. Again.
The fourth studio effort from the English band -- the follow-up to 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships -- will now arrive on May 22, according to an updated iTunes listing. It had previously been set to be released on February 21, and was then bumped to April 24.
There is some good news, however. A new Notes song, the distinctively titled "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America," will be released this Friday, April 3. Additionally, the track list for the 22-song album has been revealed.
Frontman Matty Healy first teased "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" way back in 2017. He debuted the song live during a benefit concert this past February.
Here's the Notes on a Conditional Form track list:
"The 1975" "People" "The End (Music for Cars)" "Frail State of Mind" "Streaming" "The Birthday Party" "Yeah I Know" "Then Because She Goes" "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" "Roadkill" "Me & You Together Song" "I Think There's Something You Should Know" "Nothing Revealed/Everything Denied" "Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)" "Shiny Collarbone" "If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)" "Playing on My Mind" "Having No Head" "What Should I Say" "Bagsy Not in Net" "Don't Worry" "Guys"
Credit: Brantley GutierrezDave Grohl has unveiled his next installment of "Dave's True Stories," and it features everything from Ozzfest to strip clubs to lost wallets.
The latest tale starts with Foo Fighters being asked to play after Pantera at Ozzfest in 1998. Grohl was terrified to follow the "heaviest, tightest, grooviest, most bada** metal band of all time," but after seeing what the money offer was to play, he couldn't refuse.
The day of Ozzfest came, and the Foos followed Pantera and finished their set "without any bottles of piss hurled at our faces," which, to Grohl, was an "incredible success."
After the show, Grohl met up with Pantera's Abbott brothers -- "Dimebag" Darrell and Vinnie Paul -- who invited him to their Clubhouse strip club in Dallas. To Grohl, that was the most amazing thing ever, so he and Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins decided to make a stop there in the middle of their upcoming cross-country road trip from California to Virginia.
When they made in stop in Phoenix, however, Grohl realized he had left his wallet and ID at a California gas station. Still determined to soldier on, the pair made it to the Clubhouse, only to be greeted by an unfriendly doorman asking for their ID.
"'Taylor jumped in and pleaded, 'But...we're friends with Pantera!'" Grohl recalls. "The man looked up with his cold, dead eyes and growled, 'EVERYONE's friends with Pantera. Sorry."
Dejected, the two continued on without getting inside the Clubhouse.
Ten years later, Grohl was in a local surf shop when the cashier recognized him. Her parents had owned the gas station where Grohl left his wallet, and they still had it.
"Now, if ever you hear someone use that stupid cliche 'it's a small world,' just remember this story," Grohl says.
Courtesy of Michael StipeMichael Stipe has posted a new video message as he bunkers down at home during the coronavirus crisis, and in the clip, he's introduced a brand-new solo song.
The founding R.E.M. singer reports that the tune is titled "No Time for Love Like Now," and is a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of indie-rock group The National. The video features Stipe singing live along with a demo track of the melodic, slow-tempo song, which features sparse electronic percussion, keyboards and guitar.
The tune's lyrics feature allusions to the political climate in the U.S., and to life during the current health crisis.
"There's no time for dancing/ There's no time for undecideds/ No time for love like now," Michael sings. "Where did this all begin to change/ The lockdown memories can't sustain/ This glistening, hanging free fall."
ABC/Randy HolmesBlink-182 wants your help to create a new video for the band's song "Happy Days."
The punk trio is asking you to submit footage of yourself while in quarantine and practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which the group will then use for the "Happy Days" video.
"Are you stuck at home?" Blink writes. "This is an unprecedented time that's got everyone wishing for happy days, so we had an idea. Let's make a music video to show how you're spending your social distancing time."
"Show us what you're up to -- singing, cooking, excessive hand washing, attempting TikTok dances -- we want to see it all!!" the band adds. "Submit your video clips and we'll use our favorites to make a video for 'Happy Days.'"
ABC/Randy HolmesDeftones has launched a new merch line in support of the band's road crew, whose livelihood has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sacramento metallers are selling the merch that they'd planned to sell at their canceled spring tour of Australia and New Zealand, and all profits will be donated to the crew members.
"Our touring crew is essential for us to go out and do what we do for all of you," the band writes in an Instagram post. "We were crushed that we had to cancel our Australia and New Zealand run this month, and our road crew was hit hard."
"To show them support, we have made our intended merch line for the tour available for purchase online, and we will be giving all profits made back to our crew," the post continues. "If you are able to buy a shirt, we, and they, really appreciate the support."
Ian Gavan/Getty Images for HarlequinsAs America grapples with the rising COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John teamed up with an array of artists on Sunday night to "lift your spirits" for the first ever iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired on Fox.
The concert not only served as means to comfort those worried about the outbreak, but it also helped raise money for two critical charities: First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America. It was later revealed by comedian Ken Jeong that Fox was matching donations.
"We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your soul," said Sir Elton, who also comedically revealed that he was quarantined in his only house that doesn't have a piano.
Thankfully, no piano was required for his hosting duties: The performances fell to the artists who lent their vocal talents to entertain America from their homes. However, at the end of the concert, he did manage to get his hands on a keyboard so he could close with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
First up was Alicia Keys, who opened with an encouraging, "my hope is that we remember how resident we are and how we defy the odds" as she delicately played her piano. She then dedicated her performance of "Underdog" to the "first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe."
Following Alicia, the Backstreet Boys took the living room stage with Brian Littrell greeting fans from the comfort and safety of his house. He joked that he and his band was "bringing our living room to yours" before shouting out frontline responders who are "putting themselves in harm's way" to keep the globe safe.
The gang sang "I Want It That Way" and even broke out some lighthearted dance moves to elicit some much-needed smiles. Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter even got their kids involved, from playing instruments to dancing around the backyard.
Up next was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who dedicated his performance of "My Hero" to all those on the front lines.
Billie Eilish and Finneas followed Grohl with an acoustic rendition of "bad guy" from their couch. Billie revealed she wanted "to be some sort of comfort in this crazy time" before urging "Let's stay strong together."
Up next was Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello who flirted a bit before introducing the song "My Oh My" with Camila on vocals and Shawn on guitar. More adorable than the lovebirds was their dog in the background who excitedly tried to steal the spotlight in the beginning.
Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who took over for Cabello and Mendes, also showed off his canine companion as he sang "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
While Lady Gaga didn't perform, she reached out to fans with an empathetic, "I know what's going on in the world is terrifying" and that "my heart goes out to people who lost loved ones." She used her time to touch upon mental health, encouraging those to communicate with friends and family to combat the feeling of isolation and anxiety. She concluded, "Be kind to yourselves."
Lizzo and Elton also discussed mental health and the negative emotions COVID-19 is stoking. As the friends live chatted on Zoom, Lizzo brought up that "it's important to remember that music brings people together" and praised everyone involved for coming together during such an uncertain time. "We cannot let this tear us apart," she said in closing. "We can't let the fear spread faster than the virus."
Following such a serious discussion, Tim McGraw took the stage next to perform a lighthearted "Something like That" while sitting on his diving board as his band played live from their respective houses. His spot ended with him thanking his daughter Maggie for holding the camera and sweetly blew her a kiss.
Demi Lovato took the majority of her slot to urge those viewing to donate and "do what you can to lift [people] up." She closed with a brief piano rendition of "Skyscraper."
Last up was Mariah Carey who put her heart into "Always Be My Baby" and made sure to prove she is the queen of the whistle register by spending the last moments of the song hitting a series of high notes. She concluded with an adorable anecdote that after she leaves the studio, she's going to put her gloves back on "even in my own home."
Other performers helping to spread positivity were H.E.R. and Sam Smith.
Thanking first responders was a unifying theme during Sunday night's concert. The show offered numerous first-hand accounts from EMTs, doctors and nurses about how they're battling against the pandemic. One nurse, named Melissa, who is working at a COVID-19 ICU at her hospital tearfully revealed that she feels like she's "working in a war zone."
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres also shouted out essential workers, namely those who work at grocery stores, making sure people are still able to eat by keeping the shelves stocked.
As the concert wrapped up, Sir Elton urged the audience to continue giving to First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America before thanking everyone for coming together to promote positivity.