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…

Kanye West announces presidential bid

Are you ready for first lady Kim Kardashian? Rapper Kanye West has thrown his hat into the presidential election, after announcing Saturday his intention to run for the office of President of the United States. West, a fan of current president Donald Trump plans to take on Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden

West tweeted, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION” He was soon supported by Elon Musk who tweeted “You have my full support!”

The rapper will have a difficult time achieving his goal because he made his announcement to appear on many states’ ballots for the November general election, meaning that he will have to be written in by voters. 

Rolling Stones try to get Trump to stop using its songs

The Rolling Stones who have threatened to sue President Trump in the past for using their music at Trump’s campaign rallies after they asked him to stop using their songs. The Stones have issued cease & desist directives to Trump but now his campaign has been put on notice by performing rights organization BMI that even though the campaign has a Political Entities License, “[t]here is a provision, however, that allows BMI to exclude musical works from the license if a songwriter or publisher objects to its use by a campaign. BMI has received such an objection and sent a letter notifying the Trump campaign that the Rolling Stones’ works have been removed from the campaign license, and advising the campaign that any future use of these musical compositions will be in breach of its license agreement.”

Recently, Panic at the Disco!‘s Brendon Urie objected to the Trump campaign’s use of his music, tweeting at the campaign, “Dear Trump Campaign, Fuck you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song” and added, “Dear Everyone Else, Donald Trump represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November.

Bruce Springsteen blasts President Trump on radio show

Bruce Springsteen told listeners to his radio show on SiriusXM that he felt that President Trump‘s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was guided by his desire to be re-elected. 

“I had another show prepared for broadcast this week on this strange and eventful summer, but with 100,000+ Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off,” Springsteen said. “Those lives deserved better than just being inconvenient statistics for our President’s re-election efforts. It’s a national disgrace.”

He added, “I’m going to start out by sending one to the man sitting behind the Resolute desk. With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a fucking mask.”