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Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesOriginal Sweet bassist/singer Steve Priest died Thursday morning at the age of 72.

Priest's passing was announced by the U.K. glam-rock group's founding lead guitarist and backing singer Andy Scott via a message on his Facebook page.

"Then there was one!" Scott writes. "I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family x."

Andy adds, "He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started!...Rest in Peace brother. All my love."

Priest was a member of Sweet from its 1968 inception until 1981. He contributed the recognizable high-pitched harmonies that complimented late singer Brian Connolly's lead vocals. During the 1970s, Sweet scored four top-10 hits in the U.S. -- "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run" and "Love Is Like Oxygen."

Steve co-write many tunes with his band mates including the 1975 hits "Fox on the Run" and "Action," the latter of which peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

While Scott put together his own version of Sweet in 1985 that also featured the band's original drummer, Mick Tucker, and was based in the U.K., Priest -- who moved to the U.S. during the 1980s -- launched a stateside-based version of the group in 2008.

Connolly and Tucker died in 1997 and 2002, respectively.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of SummerfestMilwaukee's 2020 Summerfest has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 11-day festival had originally been scheduled for the end of June and beginning of July. Organizers announced in March that it would be postponed to September, but in a new statement, Summerfest president and CEO Don Smiley says the event now will not happen in 2020.

"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Smiley says. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."

Guns N' Roses were among the Summerfest headliners this year, part of a lineup that also featured the Steve Miller Band, Styx, KC and the Sunshine Band, Goo Goo Dolls and Psychedelic Furs. GN'R are already listed on Summerfest's 2021 lineup page, although a specific date for their performance has yet to be announced.

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By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen used his latest semi-weekly DJ stint on his own satellite radio channel Wednesday to offer some heartfelt commentary about the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, and the subsequent rioting and protests the incident ignited.

After playing his song "American Skin (41 Shots)," which he wrote about the 1999 shooting death of an unarmed African immigrant named Amadou Diallo by New York City police officers, Springsteen noted, "Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. And that's how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer's knee buried into his neck."

He continued, "That's a long time. That's how long he begged for help and said he couldn't breathe. The arresting officer's response was nothing but silence and wait. Then he had no pulse and still it went on."

The Boss then dedicated the song "to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis and to the memory of George Floyd. May he rest in peace."

He went on to address the current financial, health, political and racial crises the country is experiencing.

"As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. One-hundred-thousand plus citizens have died from COVID-19, with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House," he said, somberly. "As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. And as of this broadcast, the country was on fire and in chaos."

Springsteen followed that commentary by playing another one of his songs, "Murder Incorporated."

You can check at an audio segment from Bruce's latest DJ appearance on his official Facebook page.

By Matt Friedlander
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While many musicians will take a financial hit due to the cancellation of their tours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, quite a few of your favorite artists are doing just fine, according to Forbes.

The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has pop-rock great Elton John as the top-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year. Elton's earnings were bolstered by his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which grossed $212 million last year.

Another veteran act that landed high up on the list are The Rolling Stones, who come at #32 with earnings of $59 million. The British rock legends' 2019 tour grossed $178 million although they played just 16 concerts.

Other veteran artists on the tally's top 100 include Phil Collins, who was tied with boy band the Backstreet Boys at #64, with $45 million in earnings; The Eagles at #75, with $41 million; Bon Jovi and U2, who were tied with Lady Gaga at #87, with $38 million; Paul McCartney at #91, with $37 million; and KISS at #95, with $36.5 million.

Kylie Jenner, who earned $590 million, is number-one overall on the Forbes list, with $590 million, despite the publication recently revoking her billionaire status. Forbes writes, "Jenner's payday came from selling a 51% stake in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."

Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Live NationCo-founding Guess Who members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings had their plans for a 2020 North American tour "undun" by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the trek's six previously announced U.S. dates have now been rescheduled for 2021.

Those dates had been slated to kick off June 13 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and run through a June 21 concert in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and now will get underway on June 5, 2021, in Huber Heights and run through a June 13 show in Prior Lake.

Meanwhile, 16 Canadian concerts, spanning from a June 11 performance in Windsor, Ontario, through a July 29 in Montreal, have been postponed and rescheduled dates will be announced soon. In addition, two 2020 Canadian festival appearances -- July 24 at the Kemptville Live Music Festival in Kemptville, Ontario, and August 8 at the Titans of Rock event in Grand Forks, British Columbia -- have been canceled.

According to, more dates will be added to the 2021 tour. Visit that website and Cummings' official Facebook page for more information about the postponed and rescheduled concerts, as well as about refunds.

As previously reported, the trek, dubbed Bachman Cummings: Together Again Live in Concert, will feature the veteran Canadian rockers performing Guess Who songs, as well as material from Randy's other famous band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and from Burton's solo career.

Meanwhile, the previously announced limited-edition box set, The Bachman Cummings Collection, will be released soon. It'll feature five Guess Who albums spanning from 1969 through 1971, as well as highlights from the Bachman-Turner Overdrive catalog and Burton's solo career.

By Matt Friedlander
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Manifesto RecordsRemastered versions of 1960s pop-rock legends The Turtles' six classic studio albums will be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets on June 26.

The out-of-print titles, which were originally released on the White Whale label, are 1965's It Ain't Me Babe, 1966's You Baby, 1967's Happy Together, 1968's The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, 1969's Turtle Soup and 1970's Wooden Head.

The reissues of the band's first three albums will feature both mono and stereo versions of those records, while the other albums will come packaged with bonus LPs offering singles, demos, alternate mixes, radio spots and more.

It Ain't Me Babe included The Turtles' top-10 hit version of the Bob Dylan-written title track, as well as "Let Me Be," which reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You Baby was highlighted by its hit title track, which peaked at #20.

Happy Together was The Turtles' most successful album, and featured the group's two biggest hits: the chart-topping title track and "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Hot 100.

The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands was a concept album that features the group taking on the personas of different fictional bands for each track. The record features The Turtles' last two top-40 hits: the band-written "Elenore" and "You Showed Me," which was penned by The Byrds' Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn. Both songs reached to #6 on the Hot 100.

Turtle Soup was a commercial disappointment, although it was notably produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies.

Wooden Head was a collection of B-sides and other rare tracks.

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby says he's been working on two new songs this week, one of which was co-written by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.

The 79-year-old folk-rock legend revealed in a Twitter message posted Monday that he was visiting his son and frequent collaborator James Raymond, and that "two new songs [were] being born." Crosby goes on to say the one song was co-written by him and his son, and the other -- titled "Rodriguez Tonight" -- was co-penned by him, Raymond and Fagen.

In that same tweet, Crosby, who's always been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, also commented about the riots and protests taking place around the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

"America is on fire and the prez has his thumb up his a**," he wrote.

In a separate tweet posted Monday, David shared some interesting details about another new song that's earmarked for his next album.

"[T]here is one [new tune] that James and Michael McDonald wrote that Mike did some stellar vocals on," Crosby said.

Yet another song that David says will be on the new album is "I Think I," which he played live during his 2019 tour dates. A demo of the tune was debuted in January on the Freak Flag Flying podcast series.

In other news, Crosby is one of many music stars who are heard being interviewed in the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, part two of which premieres this Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.

David's former bands The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are among the many artists profiled during the program.

By Matt Friedlander
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Funzalo RecordsDoors guitarist Robby Krieger lends his talents to two songs on an upcoming album by virtuoso pianist Ed Roth titled Can't Find My Way Home, a collection of eight classic-rock covers that's due out on June 19.

Krieger is featured on renditions of the title track, a song originally recorded by Blind Faith, and Pink Floyd's "Us and Them." The album also includes covers of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," The Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider," Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and more.

The songs have all been rearranged to focus on solo piano. Roth is sought-after session and touring musician who lately has been playing with Krieger in Robby's jazz-influenced side project, The New Experience.

"Ed Roth is one of those hard-to-find musicians who is truly in it for the music," says Krieger. "He's one of those guys who really loves to play, and wants to get it right, no matter how long it takes. I love playing with him because of his laid-back feel. I hope you like the songs on this album as much as I do."

Among the many other artists Roth's worked with are Joe Walsh, Annie Lennox, Taylor Dayne, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, and the late Keith Emerson.

Here's the full track list for Can't Find My Way Home:

"Can't Find My Way Home" (Blind Faith)*
"Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple)
"Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band)
"Us and Them" (Pink Floyd)*
"Brain Damage"/"Eclipse" (Pink Floyd)
"Any Colour You Like" (Pink Floyd)
"Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed)
"Lenny" (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

* = featuring Robby Krieger.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys' Streaming Outta Fenway livestream concert, which featured a special, remote appearance from Bruce Springsteen, raised over $700,000 for charity.

The online event benefited the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity.

Held last Friday at an empty Fenway Park, Streaming Outta Fenway marked the first time a musical performance was staged on the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark, as well as the first time an audience-free concert was held in a major U.S. arena or stadium.

Dropkick Murphys played a two-hour set, performing songs including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." Springsteen appeared on the ballpark's big screen toward the end of the concert for a joint performance of the Murphys tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' own "American Land."

If you missed it, you can still watch Streaming Outta Fenway archived in its entirety now on YouTube.

By Josh Johnson
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Terry Quirk/Marquis Enterprises Ltd.Terry Quirk, the artist who painted the psychedelic cover of The Zombies' famous 1968 album Odessey & Oracle and the group's latest record, 2015's Still Got That Hunger, died Tuesday, June 2, at age 78.

The band announced the news in a message posted on its Facebook page, writing, "It is with deep sadness that The Zombies family mourns the loss of our beloved Terry Quirk. Terry passed away suddenly…at his home in Salisbury, England."

The note continues, "Terry's visionary cover art is eternally connected to our 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. Almost 50 years later, he graced us again with the covers for our album Still Got That Hunger and book The Odessey."

The message concludes, "Most importantly, Terry's irrepressible and mischievous spirit left a smile on the face of every person he met, and that spirit will live on forever in his artwork.  Our hearts go out to his wife Erica and their family.  Rest in peace dear friend."

Quirk was a childhood friend of Zombies singer Colin Blunstone and bassist Chris White, and in 1967 was sharing an apartment with White and Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent while the band was recording what became Odessey and Oracle.

In a note on his online store, Quirk revealed that he came up with Odessey and Oracle's title, and while working on the cover art he misspelled the word "odyssey."

"[T]hat's my claim to fame," he maintained. "There's lots of theories online about why it's spelt wrong, but there's no conspiracy."

In addition to being an artist, the bio section of Quirk's official website notes that he was a "writer, poet, songwriter, teacher, university lecturer and pioneering black belt in origami."

By Matt Friedlander
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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe newly restored version of the 1991 INXS concert film Live Baby Live, which was screened in select North American theaters this past December, is now scheduled to be released as a home video in multiple formats on June 26.

The movie, which documents a sold-out headlining show the Australian rockers played at London's Wembley Stadium, will be available as a digital download, 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. In addition, special bundles packaging the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Live Baby Live with a two-CD soundtrack album can be purchased. A standalone three-LP vinyl set also is available. Visit and for more details.

The album includes a bonus studio track, "Shining Star," which INXS recorded in London the day after the Wembley show.

The restored Live Baby Live film features new high-def audio mixes created by late Beatles producer George Martin's son Giles Martin and his studio collaborator Sam Okell at London's Abbey Road Studios. The updated flick also includes a performance of the song "Lately," which had been cut from the original Live Baby Live video.

INXS was at the height of its popularity when it played the Wembley Stadium gig, dubbed the "Summer XS" concert, in July 1991. The show was part of the tour in support of the group's chart-topping 1990 album X. Among the many classic songs played by the band were "New Sensation," "Mystify," "Bitter Tears," "Suicide Blonde," "What You Need," "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Devil Inside."

You can watch a video showing how the 4K Ultra High-Def restoration process was done using as an example INXS' performance of "Suicide Blonde" at the Eagle Rock YouTube channel.

Here's the full Live Baby Live track list:

"Guns in the Sky"
"New Sensation"
"I Send a Message"
"The Stairs"
"Know the Difference"
"By My Side"
"Hear That Sound"
"The Loved One"
"Wild Life"
"Bitter Tears"
"Suicide Blonde"
"What You Need"
"Need You Tonight"
"Never Tear Us Apart"
"Who Pays the Price"
"Devil Inside"
"Shining Star"

* = previously unseen/unheard performance

By Matt Friedlander
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Debra L Rothenberg/Getty ImagesLast month, ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung released a new solo album titled 26 East, Volume 1, a collection of songs partly inspired by his journey to rock glory, which began in his childhood basement playing music with his twin neighbors and future Styx band mates John and Chuck Panozzo.

DeYoung last played with Styx in 1999, when he was acrimoniously pushed out of the band he co-founded, but he tells ABC Audio that he'd still love to reunite with his old group for a farewell tour.

"I don't want to be back in the band anymore," the 73-year-old musician maintains. "I just want to do the last tour, wave to the fans and say, 'This is why you love this thing.'" And believe me, they did…Four triple-platinum albums consecutively, [and] sold-out shows through the whole thing."

DeYoung, whose exit from Styx stemmed from a rift with singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young, says his two former band mates still don't want to work with him, but he doesn't feel the same.

"I have said from the beginning I should have never not been in the band," he declares. "And it continues with Tommy and JY…keeping that position. So I'm powerless."

Dennis adds, "All you fans who say, 'Bury the hatchet'...I got no hatchet to bury. I'm ready to go, and I've said so. I can go on that stage and give you the night of your life, if Tommy and JY say, 'Yes.' They have not, and it's a shame."

DeYoung, who continues to tour as a solo artist, also notes that neither he nor the current version of Styx can draw anywhere near the number of fans who came to see the group's classic lineup play live.

By Matt Friedlander
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Courtesy of Rock and Roll Fantasy CampThis week, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp launched a series of "Masterclass" tutorials presented live by a roster of classic rock artists, and now a new run of interactive online classes have been scheduled from June 13 through June 20.

Among the musicians participating artists in the newly announced "Masterclass" events are Blue Öyster Cult members "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Eric Bloom on the 20th, Winger frontman Kip Winger on June 13, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone on June 16, former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto on June 18, and current Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra on June 19.

During the Masterclasses, the featured artists will share vocal, musical and songwriting tips, tell stories about their eventful careers, answer questions from attendees and more.

In addition, surprise guest artists may pop in unannounced to the classes.

Prices for the events range from $100 to $200. Each class will be limited to 20 attendees, and will run for an hour. Most of the events start at 8 p.m. ET.

The other artists hosting previously announced "Masterclass" meetings taking place this week include Rascals singer/keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, Lita Ford, ex-Quiet Riot and Dio bassist Rudy Sarzo, and one-time Joe Walsh and Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer Joe Vitale.

Visit for more details.

Here's the full list of upcoming Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass events; start time is 8 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted:

6/2 -- Rudy Sarzo (sold out)
6/3 -- Lita Ford (sold out)
6/4 -- Felix Cavaliere
6/5 -- Simon Kirke
6/6 -- Joe Vitale (sold out)
6/7 -- Mike Clink
6/13 -- Kip Winger (start at 3 p.m. ET)
6/15 -- Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis
6/16 -- Marky Ramone
6/18 -- Liberty DeVitto
6/20 -- Erin Gardner (start at 3 p.m. ET)
6/20 -- Blue Öyster Cult's "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Eric Bloom

By Matt Friedlander
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Robert Sebree/Blackheart RecordsCherie Currie recorded the 1970s Nick Gilder tune "Roxy Roller" for her latest solo album, Blvds of Splendor. Now, the ex-Runaways singer has teamed up with Gilder and another well-known artist who covered the song -- Suzi Quatro -- to perform the tune together remotely for a new video.

The clip features Currie and her son, rhythm guitarist Jake Hays, playing "Roxy Roller" together, joined separately by Gilder and Quatro on vocals, and several other musicians who are all also self-isolating because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gilder, best known for his 1978 #1 hit "Hot Child in the City," co-wrote "Roxy Roller" and originally recorded it with his glam-rock band Sweeney Todd in 1975.  Fun fact: When Gilder left Sweeney Todd for a solo career, he was replaced by a then-unknown musician named Bryan Adams.

In a statement, Gilder says he first met Currie in 1978 when she came to his very first concert in L.A.

"Having Cherie cover my song 'Roxy' on her fantastic new CD Blvds of Splendor is simply wonderful! It really rocks and to have Suzi who also recorded an impressive version help with this video is an absolute treat," he says.  Quatro cut the song in 1977.

Quatro, meanwhile, says she was only too happy to work with her "good friend Cherie."  Currie appears in Suzi's new documentary, Suzi Q, and wrote a song about Quatro that closes the film.

The video was edited by a 17-year-old Runaways fan named Isaac Valiente who Curry met online. She describes him as "a giant ball of humble talent."

As previously reported, Blvds of Splendor was produced by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, and features Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, and GN'R band mates Slash and Duff McKagan.

By Matt Friedlander
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Brad Barket/Getty ImagesA variety of veteran rock musicians, including Billy Joel, Elton John and The Who, are among the many artists participating in "Black Out Tuesday" in solidarity with the black community and the protests over the death of George Floyd.

"Billy Joel joins the music industry in support of Blackout Tuesday," reads a nore posted on the Piano Man's Twitter feed. "This will be a day of action committed to meaningful change in our communities both now and in the future."

Elton simply posted a black square on his social media pages, as did many other artists, along with the hashtags #blacklivesmatter and #theshowmustbepaused. Similarly, The Who posted those hashtags and a black square with the band's bullseye logo.

Green Day also is taking part in the protest. The band wrote on its Twitter feed, "In solidarity and observance of the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices movement, we will be refraining from posting content on this platform to create space to amplify the voices and experiences of Black people who need to be heard. Listen. Learn. #AmplifyMelanatedVoices #BlackLivesMatter."

Other artists participating in Black Out Tuesday include Ozzy Osbourne, Coldplay and Foo Fighters.

However, Black Out Tuesday has also been criticized for overtaking the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. As The Verge points out, #BlackLivesMatter has been flooded with images of black squares, pushing down information regarding the movement.

By Josh Johnson and Matt Friedlander
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ABC/ARTURO HOLMESWith an estimated worth of some $452 million, it seems unlikely that Elton John would ever be suffering financially, but the British tabloid The Mail on Sunday claims that the legendary singer has been forced to lay off employees due to the postponement of his Farewell tour.

The Mail on Sunday claims that Elton and his husband David Furnish have been left "bereft" because they'd planned on earning $75 million this year for concerts that have now been moved to 2021.  The paper also claims that Elton is "unlikely" to get any insurance payments for the tour dates.

"That revenue has literally disappeared overnight," a source dishes to the paper. "Nobody expected this."

Elton does have 48 dates scheduled for this fall but according to the paper, until it's clear whether those concerts will go forward based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, he's laid off his longtime band members, including guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson.

What's more, the Mail on Sunday claims that Elton's also laid off some of the domestic staff at his home in Atlanta, and is now paying the salaries of the staff of his company, Rocket Entertainment, out of his own pocket.

"Sir Elton is now thought to be assessing if he will need to make further savings and, if so, where," says the paper.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Peter Wafzig/Redferns via Getty ImagesPeter Gabriel has issued a statement responding to last week's death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

"Along with the civilised world I was horrified by the racist murder of George Floyd," the veteran singer/songwriter and longtime human rights activist writes in a message posted online Monday. "This type of brutality needs to be confronted directly, with justice clearly seen to be done whenever and wherever it occurs."

Gabriel, who co-founded the human rights organization Witness in 1989, notes that the organization "has been helping groups monitoring police violence and they are all over this."

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer goes on to say that his Real World record label fully supports the Black Out Tuesday initiative taking place today, which asks artists and companies that are a part of or related to music industry refrain from doing any business on June 2.

He adds, "I hope these protests will not only lead to the addressing of the problems at the root of this, but also encourage a worldwide look at how each country is dealing with racism and religious persecution within their own borders."

Gabriel's message concludes, "Politicians are trying to win support by fuelling nationalism and racism for their own gain. If we don't like the way things are going we have to speak out and act. The world can only be what we choose to make it."

In a separate note accompanying his message, Peter announces that both Real World and WOMAD, the international arts festival he co-founded, will observe Black Out Tuesday, "[i]n solidarity with black artists all over the world, and black colleagues in the music industry." Attached to the note are the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #TheShowMustBePaused.

By Matt Friedlander
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Garage Masters/Cleopatra RecordsFormer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch makes a rare guest appearance on a new single titled "I Won't Tell," by the Pennsylvania-based 1960s garage-rock band The Limits.

The song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, was written by Limits frontman Rick Levy, who also manages The Box Tops and has been a member of that group since 2015.

"[I]nterviewers, fans, and some radio folk really heard something great in 'I Won't Tell,'" Levy says of his new song, "so we decided to drop it as a single to test the waters…and The Limits' popularity."

The Limits never achieved any commercial success, although they were praised by late Box Tops frontman Alex Chilton as "the quintessential American Garage Band."

Levy's credits also include stints as band leader for Herman's Hermits Featuring Peter Noone and Tommy Roe.

Lynch was a co-founding member of The Heartbreakers and played with Petty's group for 18 years. He also has been an in-demand session musician, producer and songwriter who has worked with artists including The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Toto, John Mellencamp and many others.

By Matt Friedlander
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MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.In the latest installment of his "You Gave Me the Answer" Q&A feature, Paul McCartney reveals which recording studios he enjoys creating music in the most, and shares some favorite memories from those facilities.

"My own studio in Sussex [U.K.] is a great favorite, but it's also really cool to go back to [London's] Abbey Road because of the memories of the exciting times I had there," Sir Paul shares. "I also love Henson Studios in [Los Angeles,] where I made most of Egypt Station."

McCartney says his favorite memory of working in his home studio was making the 1995 Beatles reunion track with his old band mates George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

"Because it was so remote, nobody knew that George, Ringo or myself had got together," Paul recalls. "So, it was very cool and it was very private. Those were fabulous sessions."

McCartney's favorite Abbey Road highlight was recording the orchestra for the epic Sgt. Pepper's track "A Day in the Life."

Paul remembers that producer George Martin was initially worried about the expense of hiring an orchestra, but the band insisted.

"He said, 'Well, if you're going to hire a symphony orchestra you can tell them what to wear,'" recalls McCartney, who says the band wanted the musicians to wear "posh" evening suits, and also requested that they put on funny hats and fake noses.

"A few people in the orchestra were good sports and put them on," says Paul, "and it was a fun session."

As for Henson, McCartney says he enjoyed the experience of working with producer Greg Kurstin on tracks for his latest solo album, Egypt Station. He also had fun popping in on other artists who were recording there at the same time, including Chaka Khan and Black Eyed Peas'

By Matt Friedlander
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Credit: John LanzaArtists in the music world are continuing to use their voice in response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, with Axl Rose now blasting President Donald Trump.

The Guns N' Roses frontman took issue with Trump's tweet on Sunday, in which the President blamed the "lamestream media" for "doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy."

"Lamestream media ISN'T doing everything within their power 2 foment hatred n' anarchy, that's U!" Rose wrote in his own tweet. "As long as we get what Ur doing, that Ur FAKE NEWS n' a truly bad, repulsive excuse 4 a person w/a sick agenda, we can work past U w/whatever it takes 2 a better, stronger future!"

Last month, Rose exchanged social media barbs with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchincalling him an "a**hole."

By Josh Johnson
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