Alan Peters, Katy Perry in News Notes

Former Agnostic Front bassist Alan Peters has died. He also performed in Crawlpappy and Absolution

Katy Perry has said on Howard Stern‘s radio show that she will return as a judge on American Idol if the show will have her back…

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider said in an interview on Sirius/XM that he doesn’t see the band reuniting “in this lifetime.” He noted that he is currently working on movies, a second novel and that Twisted Sister would have to come after that…

Neil Young announced that he is suing President Donald Trump for copyright infringement for unauthorized use of his music and is seeking the maximum amount possible. Young’s lawsuit states that the Trump campaign has “willfully ignored” the musician’s past public objections and has continued to play his music despite lacking the license to do so… 

Uproxx’s cultural critic Steven Hyden has published a ranked list of the 100 best Bruce Springsteen songs…

Madonna, Bryan Adams in News Notes

Madonna is out of her deal with Interscope Records after nearly a decade. The singer signed a three-album deal with the label in 2011 and the 2019 release of Madame X marked the final album in the deal… 

Live Nation will host a Bryan Adams concert in Düsseldorf, Germany, September 4, in front of a crowd of 12,000, at the Merkur Spiel Arena, an outdoor soccer stadium. The company is billing the event as Return to Live. Adams said that he would play acoustically with no band. Tickets for the show go on sale Tuesday (August 11). Also appearing at the show are Sarah ConnorRea GarveyThe BosshossJoris, and special guest Michael Mittermeier… 

Martin Birch, who produced albums by WhitesnakeIron Maiden, and Black Sabbath, has died. He was 71. No cause of death was announced at press time… 

Simon Cowell is said to have undergone surgery after breaking his back Sunday (August 9) after falling from an electric bike in the courtyard of his house in Malibu…

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will no longer take place at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. Instead, the network will stage performances in and around New York City. The August 30 event will feature outdoor performances with limited or no audiences…

The New York Times published a story about a documentary that looks at Creem magazine, the famous magazine home of legendary writer Lester Bangs

American Music Awards, El Dany in News Notes

The American Music Awards will take place November 22, despite the COVID-19 epidemic. The three-hour broadcast will air on ABC. The show has been held at Los Angeles, California’s Microsoft Theatre, but no venue announcement has been released…

Daniel Muñoz Borrego, better known as El Dany, half of Cuban urban duo Yomil y El Dany, died Saturday (July 18) at a hospital in Havana, Cuba. He was 31. No cause of death was released at press time…

While American touring execs like Marc Geiger don’t believe that we’ll see live shows in the United States until 2022, England plans to begin allowing indoor concerts, starting August 1. The Libertines are among the first acts expected to return to the stage… 

Bush, Wu-Tang Clan in News Notes

Bush will celebrate the release of its new album, The Kingdom, with a virtual arena scheduled to take place Saturday (July 18), at 9 pm EST. The band will be streaming the show live from Los Angeles, California… 

Wu-TangClan has joined Cameo and will personalize a video for $360. “I’m proud to announce that the Wu-Tang Clan has joined Cameo, I know a lot of people out there, especially during this quarantine time, you can’t have access to your favorite artists, and sometimes you may want somebody to shout out some great inspiration to your family members,” RZA said…

Bikini Kill has rescheduled its reunion to tour to 2021. The band will kick off with European dates in May and June and then will hit North America in September, October, and November. Alice BagDonkey BugsLithicsXVCB Radio GorgeousMecca NormalH.C. McEntire, and Hurry Up will open on select dates..00

Judas Priest, Aerosmith cancel anniversary shows

Judas Priest, who had been scheduled to embark on a 50th anniversary tour in September 2020, have rescheduled the tour for 2021. The band has announced 14 rescheduled dates and 11 canceled with no makeup date. The band plans to add more shows to the tour and will announce them when the dates are finalized.  

Aerosmith has postponed its 50th anniversary show at Boston, Massachusetts’ Fenway Park from September 18, 2020, to September 14, 2021. Extreme was scheduled to open the show, but it’s unclear if they will open for Aerosmith’s 2021 date. 

Lady Antebellum sues Lady A over name change

Lady Antebellum, who announced last month that it was changing its name to Lady A, have filed a lawsuit against the blues artist who has used the moniker for 20 years. While the singer Lady A claims that the group is trying to take the name away from her without repercussion, the group claims to have registered “Lady A” in July 2011 with no opposition. A spokesperson for the band said that the group is suing to share the name, not use it exclusively. Lady A, Anita White asked the band for $10 million to use the name exclusively. 

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended. She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years. It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our own blindspots that led us to announce a few weeks ago that we were dropping the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and moving forward using only the name so many of our fans already knew us by. When we learned that Ms. White had also been performing under the name Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions with her about how we can all come together and make something special and beautiful out of this moment. We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will — today’s action doesn’t change that. Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place. We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to work together with Anita for that greater purpose. We’re still committed to educating ourselves, our children and doing our part to fight for the racial justice so desperately needed in our country and around the world. We’ve only taken the first small steps and will prioritize racial equality as a key pillar of the work of LadyAID, specifically leaning into supporting and empowering our youth. We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their approach. We can do so much more together than in this dispute,” a spokesperson for the group said.

Doves, Rolling Stones in News Notes

Indie rock band Doves returns with its first new album in 11 years, The Universal Want. The new album, the band’s fifth, hits store shelves September 11…

The Rolling Stones will rerelease their 1973 LP Goats Head Soup as a deluxe box set which will include a stereo mix of the album, outtakes, rarities, an entire show from the accompanying tour, and three previously-unreleased songs from the period, including one which features guitar work by Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page

Police in Los Angeles, California have arrested five men in connection with the murder of rapper Pop Smoke,  February 19. LAPD Detectives arrested three adult males and two juvenile males in the killing. The police will provide further details when they become available… 

The Newport Folk Festival will livestream a virtual event July 31 to August 2 after cancellation of the live event. Folk on Revival Weekend will kick off July 31 with Mavis 80, a birthday celebration for Mavis Staples filmed live in May 2019, and featuring Jason IsbellBrandi Carlie, and others. Saturday will include Deer Tick and Friends, which will feature the band with Sharon Van EttenLeon Bridges, and others. Sunday will feature Our Voices Together, a YouTube film that will exhibit previously-unseen footage at Newport. Roger WatersTom Morello, and others will be featured in the documentary…

Will Ferrell has scored his first charted Billboard song with “My Marianne.” The track, which landed on the Digital Song Sales chart comes from his new Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Jefferson Airplane to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jefferson Airplane will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021.

According to Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, “In 1965 when Jefferson Airplane came to Los Angeles to record our first project for RCA, we stayed off the Boulevard in what was then affordable lodging. We walked that street as complete nonentities and loved the adventure. To have a star there today is indeed more than capturing a dream. It is a benchmark for us in the City of Angels.” 

Dixie Chicks change their name

The Dixie Chicks, whose new album, Gaslighter, debuts July 17, have changed their name to The Chicks. “We want to meet this moment,” the band wrote in a statement on its website. The trio now share the name of the group with that of a 1960s sister group from New Zealand, who has allowed the former Dixie Chicks to share the name. 

The group’s new Twitter handle is @thechicks and the cover for the new album has been changed accordingly. 

André 3000, Lady A in News Notes

André 3000 is releasing t-shirts emblazoned with many of the same slogans that appeared on jumpsuits he wore during this 2014 in support of the Movement for Black Lives. The 13 limited-edition shirts will be priced at $75 and will only be available for several days…

Grammy-wining country group Lady Antebellum has changed its name to Lady A, as a result of the unrest following the killing of George Floyd. The Nashville, Tennessee group posted a statement about the name change. “When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the Southern ‘Antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos,” per the post. “But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen, or unvalued.” The group added that they are “deeply sorry” for using a name associated with slavery in the United States…