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

Peter Green, Elvis Costello in News Notes

Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, regarded by many as one of the best blues guitarists of the 1960s, died peacefully in his sleep. He was 73…

Far Out magazine revisits the time in 1977 that Elvis Costello was banned from NBC’s Saturday Night Live after his act of rock and roll rebellion…

The Killers, Pavement in News Notes

The Killers, who in April delayed the release of their forthcoming album due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Imploding the Mirage, will hit store shelves August 21…

Pavement, who was scheduled to reunite at the now-canceled Primavera Sound festival this summer, has joined Bandcamp and put their five studio albums up for streaming and digital download… 

Foo FightersNew Kids on the BlockJefferson Starship, and Jimmy Buffett will perform as part of a Fenway Sessions livestream, July 22, at 7:05 p, to benefit the Red Sox Fund and Live Nation’s Crew Nation charity. The event will be hosted by songwriter Will Dailey… 

SInger-songwriter Emitt Rhodes, frontman of pop group Merry-Go-Round has died. He was 70…

UK music magazine Q has announced that it will fold after 34 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The magazine’s publishers explained that financial constraints have necessitated the closure… 

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… 

Lil Mario, Vampire Weekend in News Notes

Quality Control’s Lil Mario was shot and killed while driving his car on an Atlanta, Georgia highway Saturday morning (July 11). He was 30. Investigators believe that he was the intended target of the shoot and are still working “to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.” The rapper’s government name was Rudoph Johnson… 

Vampire Weekend released a new EP Friday (July 10) featuring six songs from their two tour stops in Florida last year. The EP includes “A-Punk,” “White Sky,” “Sunflower,” “2021,” and “How Long?” — the last song from their most recent album, Father of the Bride

Famous fiddler Charlie Daniels dead at 83

Legendary country musician, fiddler Charlie Daniels, best known for his song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and member of both the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, died Monday (July 6) from a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. 

A session musician and co-writer of a number of Elvis Presley songs, Daniels also worked with Bob Dylan on a number of his albums, including Nashville Skyline. He also worked with the Marshall Tucker Band and Hank Williams Jr. before launching his successful solo career. 

Ennio Morricone, Nick Cordero in News Notes

Fame Italian composer Ennio Morricone, best known for scoring Spaghetti Westerns and who won an Academy Award for his work on Quentin Tarentino‘s The Hateful Eight, died in Rome, Italy, from complications following a fall. He was 91…

Broadwaty actor Nick Cordero, who appeared in the musicals A Bronx Tale and Waitress, died Sunday(July 5) after a 95-day battle with complications from the coronavirus. He was 41… 

Chief Keef associate Trey Savage killed

Trey Savage, who was part of Chief Keef‘s Glo Gang was shot and killed in Chicago, Illinois. He was 26. Savage was shot in the neck and shoulder in the Chatham neighborhood where he lived. His death is being treated as a homicide. He appeared on one of Keef’d 2013 mixtape tracks, “Chiefin Keef.” 

Benny Mardones, MTV VMAs in News Notes

Benny Mardones, singer-songwriter of 1980s smash hit “Into the NIght,” died Monday (June 29) at his home in Menifee, California, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 73…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday (June 29) that the MTV Video Music Awards will take place August 30, at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center. The show will occur with a limited or no audience…

Far Out Magazine recounts the appearance of System of a Down on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and how the band’s behavior ultimately got them banned from the show…