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…

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…

Beyoncé to debut visual album on Disney+

Beyoncé will debut Black Is King, a visual album, July 31, on Disney+. The singer wrote, directed, and executive produced the album, in which she reimagines the lesson of The Lion King. The album is based on the music of The Lion KingL The Gift. 

In other news, the singer won the BET HER award, a collaboration with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. She was also presented with the show’s Humanitarian Award by former first lady Michelle Obama.

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…

Andrew McMahon, Adam Lambert in News Notes

Andrew McMahon will be the first performer in a new concert series curated by Nederlander Concerts. The Drive-In OC at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The series will include both film and live music performance, July 10 and 11. Tickets for the show are $350 per car for the first row and $200 per car for general admission. Each vehicle can bring between five and seven passengers… 

Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger will be the subject of a posthumous 31-track tribute album, Saving for a Custom Van, which is available exclusively on Bandcamp. Schlesinger died at age 52, April 1, from complications of COVID-19. Ted LeoNada SurfSarah Silverman, and Rachel Bloom, are among the contributors. Proceeds from the album will go to the MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund… 

Proctor & Gamble and iHeartMedia announced the Can’t Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community will be hosted by Laverne Cox and Elvis Duran, July 25, and will feature Adam LambertBig FreediaBilly PorterKaty PerryKim PetrasMelissa EtheridgeSia, and Ricky Martin

My Chemical Romance has rescheduled its 2020 tour date to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will kick off September 8, 2021m in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and wrap with four shows in Los Angeles, California, October 11, 12, 14, and 17…

Chicago, Illinois’ Riot Fest has been postponed from September 2020 to September 17 to 19, 2021, in Douglas Park. Among those confirmed for the new dates are My Chemical RomanceSmashing PumpkinsPixiesRun the JewelsCoheed and CambriaTaking Back SundayNew Found Glory, the Circle Jerks, and others… 

A concert film of David Byrne‘s American Utopia, filmed and directed by Spike Lee, will premiere on HBO later this year. “It is my honor and privilege that my art brother, Mr. David Byrne, asked me to join him in concert, to invite me into his magnificent world of American Utopia,” Lee said in a statement…

More than 75 film and television composers and songwriters will participate in an upcoming digital benefit with proceeds going to the MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film and TV Music Community will include performances and guest appearances from StingCatherine O’HaraMing-Na WenPatti LuPoneWilliam ShatnerElisabeth Moss“Weird Al” YankovicMarla GibbsJane LevyMandy MooreRichard KindAlex NewellZachary LeviPaul ReubensKiernan ShipkaHarvey FiersteinGinnifer GoodwinAnika Noni RoseKasi LemmonsTed DansonAuli’i CravalhoDarren CrissDrew CareyRay RomanoHolly HunterReba McEntireBob SagetKen PageLucy LawlessMary SteenburgenDave CoulierKevin Smith, Peter GallagherNaomi Scott, Annie Potts, Clive DavisJodi BensonHarvey Mason Jr., Susan Egan, Paige O’HaraJohn StamosAndra Day and Rita Wilson. Also appearing will be music and scoring professionals Jon BrionDanny ElfmanHildur GudnadóttirNicholas BritellTim Rice and Hans Zimmer