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

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

David Johansen, Guided By Voices in News Notes

Martin Scorcese and David Tedeschi will direct a documentary about New York Dolls frontman David Johansen for SHOWTIME Documentary Films. No airdate for the film was announced at press time…

Guided By Voices, who released Surrender Your Puppy February 20, will release their second album of 2020, Mirrored Aztec, August 31, the band’s 30th album. The band released “Haircut Sphinx,” the first single from the album, Tuesday (July 7). The band will play a concert July 17, in frontman Robert Pollard‘s hometown of Dayton, Ohio, which will begin livestreaming at 5 p.m. EST. Tickets are currently available…

Melissa Etheridge, Slipknot in News Notes

Melissa Etheridge‘s son, Beckett, has died. He was 21. No cause of death was announced at press time….

Slipknot has canceled its 2020 tour dates because of coronavirus and will postpone its August Knotfest cruise. The band announced via social media that the North American and U.K. legs of its Knotfest Roadshow festival was canceled…

For the first time in 98 years, the Hollywood Bowl has canceled its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Billboard, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association cited the lack of resolution over the coronavirus outbreak as the reason for the cancelation of its season…

Queen will stream the 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute on its YouTube page Friday (May 15) to raise one for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts… 

Alanis Morissette and the producers of the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill will live stream a COVID-19 relief benefit. You Live, You Learn: A Night with Alanis Morissette and Jagged Little Pill will take place Tuesday (May 19) from 8 to 9 p.m. ET via the Jagged Little Pill Facebook and YouTube pages…

The Go-Gos, who will be featured in a Showtime documentary that premiers August 1, at 9 p.m., have announced the postponement of their tour to 2021, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. No rescheduled dates have been announced…

Documentary review: Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert

Pollstar takes a look at the new documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert which examines the festival’s first two decades. The documentary, which is streaming for free on YouTube, examines the history of the festival and its impact on the festivals that were established in its wake. The documentary mixes interviews with artists who performed at the festival, interviews with festival producers, and archival concert footage.