2020 has been a shitshow. And as gigs get cancelled and revenue opportunities for bands are stifled, musicians are going to find more and more inventive ways of sharing their music and generating an income.
But we know something else. We know that the musicians we've loved for years and the new bands we're just getting to know will step up. Unable to perform live, they're going to get creative in ways we've never seen. Labels are going to do things they've never done before. Platforms will find new ways helping.
People are going to innovate. And under the most trying of circumstances, stars will be born.
We don't know what to expect, but it's going to be interesting. We're going to share those stories, and bring you a little closer to a music business doing things differently.
Gojira will stream their Live At Red Rocks performance on May 20 at 9pm BST. The previously unseen concert was filmed at Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the US on May 11, 2017 – part of the band’s Magma world tour. It’ll be shown through the band’s website with fans able to get their hands on limited edition mercy during the stream.
The Dropkick Murphys will return on May 29 for the Streaming Outta Fenway free live performance. The band will be joined remotely by Bruce Springsteen for an online special which will see Dropkick Murphys play one track , while The Boss will provide another. It’ll be broadcast through the band’s social media channels from 6pm ET (11pm GMT) from Boston’s Fenway Park - home to the city’s Red Sox. The event will raise money for multiple charities.
Black Stone Cherry and Monster Truck have joined forces to launch a web series, The Cherry Truck Band. The series will see the two bands attempt to write songs together, documenting the creative process from start to finish. "We couldn’t be more excited for BSC to pop our collaboration Cherry!, say Monster Truck. "Can’t wait to write some serious rock'n'roll and come out the other side with a banger. People will be singing this tune for the rest of their lives.” The series kicks off Wednesday 13 at 9 pm UK time on Black Stone Cherry's Facebook page.
Stonedead Festival have launched a Pay It Forward scheme where punters can donate a bit of extra cash to help those who have lost income due to Covid-19 still attend the festival. A crowd-funder has been set up to raise money to allow out of work music fans to attend the festival. For every £50 that is generated, Stonedead will contribute a further £50 to double the available tickets.
The Doc'n Roll music film festival have launched Doc'n Roll TV, a music documentary streaming platform that currently has 28 feature-length films available on-demand. Viewers can currently tune in to features films about L7, thrash metal, death metal, The Melvins, Jean-Michel Basquiat and more.
House Of Vans have announced plans to stream Metallica's performance at their intimate London venue, where the band celebrated the release of Hardwired... To Self-Destruct in 2016. The stream will be hosted on the House Of Vans site at 8pm EDT on May 4/1am BST on May 5. The performance will then be available to watch at the same location for a week following the premiere.
Joe Satriani has announced the launch of a new live stream series, “Club Joe Streaming Sessions.” The first episode airs today, at 7pm UK time (11am Pacific), and will find Satriani exploring his 1992 album, The Extremist. To watch the first episode head over to Joe's website.
News in from Scottish quartet The Lutras. They've got a busy few days coming up, with frontman Ben playing acoustic versions of original material alongside some cover versions on Facebook. "He's written a load of cracking new songs during lockdown, including one about these testing times," they tell us. Tune in 7pm Saturday at The Pentatonic, at the same time on Sunday as part of Sucker's Quarantine Fest, and on Monday at 8pm they'll be live on their own page. All times are UK.
Universal Music have launched a range of facemasks to raise money for musician's charities. The mask are on sale to raise money for Help Musicians UK, an independent charity for professional musicians of all genres, and MusiCares, who provides a safety net for musicians in times of need. They're available at WeGotYouCoveredNow.
Joan Jett, Lukas Nelson and James Bay have put autographed Gibson guitars up for auction to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The auction is a joint endeavour between Gibson Gives and Rolling Stone, with the instruments available for bidding on Charity Buzz.
Rock The Lockdown returns tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm UK time on the Rock People Management Facebook page. Guests this week include Tom Harte (Trucker Diablo), Ben Laguda (Massive), Ash Tustain (Dig Lazarus) and Stephen Holl (Massive Wagons) feat. special guest Carlene Jade.
Rising Satanic doo-wop stars Twin Temple are embarking on a mission to educate and entertain with the launch of TTV (Twin TempleVision), a weekly live-streamed black mass every Sunday at 11pm UK time (3pm PST). The service will be broadcast via the band's YouTube channel. "Satanic Doo-Wop Church is in Session!," the band proclaim. "We can’t wait to commune with you all!"
Joe Bonamassa has now unveiled a new program, Fuelling Musicians, which will provide artists with cash and gas cards to help get them back on the road. The emergency relief program, alongside his non-profit Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, will offer immediate cash payments of $1,000 for essential living expenses, as well as pre-paid gas cards of $500. For more information, head to Keeping the Blues Alive.
Over the past weeks, Devin Townsend has been hosting live concerts in his home studio and raising money for healthcare workers around the world. His most recent performance, on April 25, sold 3,420 tickets and raised more than £67,000 for the NHS in the UK. To purchase tickets for his next show, on May 2, head to StageIt.
Nita Strauss has launched Rock Guitar Fundamentals, a three-module online guitar teaching program designed for players of all levels. "If you’ve never picked up a guitar before and you start this course from the beginning," says Strauss. "As long as you’re willing to put in the time you’ll end up with a great knowledge base to play solos, write songs and play onstage with a band!" Register for Rock Guitar Fundamentals, with a limited time 50% discount, at I Want to Play Guitar.
The National have released a previously unseen concert film on their YouTube page. Titled Guilty Party: Basilica Hudson, it's part of the band's weekly livestream series called An Exciting Communal Event, which sees the band stream archive footage on YouTube, every Monday at 10pm BST (5pm ET). The video contains a link from which you can support The National's touring crew, who they call "their lifeblood".
Sepultura have announced the SepulQuarta sessions. A weekly event, the band will host a Q&A session and perform a new track live. “SepulQuarta was born out of the necessity to express ourselves in a different way since we’re all facing a new situation", says Andreas Kisser. The sessions will take place every Wednesday at 8pm BST (12pm PST/9pm CET).
Idles are screening parts of their Live At Le Bataclan show on YouTube each day this week, followed by a Q&A from each band member. Tonight it's part 2 and Dev's turn at the Q&A. The show will air at 7pm BST with the Q&A following at 7:30pm BST.
Bandcamp have announced they'll be waiving their revenue share on three upcoming dates in order to help artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moves comes after an overwhelmingly successful first run on March 20, when fans spent $4.3 million dollars on music - 15 times the site's normal performance. At its peak, fans were purchasing 11 items of music and merch per second.
Genesis will stream 1984's The Mama Tour today at 8pm GMT as part of their Genesis Film festival. The festival is streaming full live performances form the band during lockdown via the band's You Tube Channel.
Warner Music's Play On virtual festival takes place this weekend, and while much of the line-up isn't terribly rock-friendly, listeners will be able to watch sets from the likes of Green Day, Slipknot, Paramore, Weezer, Korn, Royal Blood, Coldplay, The Flaming Lips, Gary Clarke Jr., Stereophonics and twenty one pilots.
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno will be taking over the band's Twitch account at 3am UK time on Saturday morning to perform at DJ set. For fans based in the US, that translates to a far more reasonable 7pm PDT / 10pm EDT schedule.
Legendary folk-rock guitarist Richard Thompson is the latest musician to be confirmed for the Royal Albert Hall's Royal Albert Home series of free streamed shows. Broadcast direct from artists’ living rooms, the shows have already featured the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Baxter Dury. “This series is about bringing world-class artists direct from their living room to yours," says Artistic Director Lucy Noble, "and it’s hard to imagine a more influential musician than Richard Thompson." For more information, head to the Royal Albert Hall website. Thompson's performance will be on May 10.
Prog legends Pink Floyd will continue continue streaming full concert performances on their YouTube channel this evening, staring with a re-edited Live At Pompeii at 5pm (BST). Elsewhere in the world of Prog, former Marillion frontman Fish will be hosting another live Q+A stream on his Facebook page at 6pm, while Dream Theater keyboard wiz Jordan Rudess will perform a piano mediation at 9pm via his Facebook page.
Nathan James & Danny Dela Cruz of rising Brit-rockers Inglorious have covered I saw a Tiger Blues during lockdown. The song was originally performed by Joe Exotic, star of the hit Netflix series Tiger King. "People can probably guess Inglorious' main influences," say the band. "But you may not be aware that one of our biggest is presidential candidate, lip-syncing recording artist, homosexual redneck and big cat enthusiast, Joe Exotic."
There'll be a Twitter Listening Party for Steven Wilson's Hand. Cannot. Erase. this evening at 9pm GMT. An addition to Charlatans singer Tim Burgess' successful Listening Party series, fans can take part by starting the album at precisely 9pm, and join in the discussion using the #timslisteningparty hashtag. Wilson himself will be on hand to provide background information and more. "I will be sharing my own thoughts and insights into the making of the album throughout," he says, "and trying to answer as many questions in real time as I can."
Melodic rockers Cats In Space are releasing a new "fan only" CD single of their songs This Is London and If I Were You, with a percentage of proceeds being donated to the NHS. "We feel This is London is a very appropriate song at this current unique time in our lives," says lead Cat Greg Hart. "It is lyrically very uplifting and hopefully the song shines as bright as those people on the frontline right now."
Dave Navarro has partnered with the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes art collective to release a limited edition signed art print called More Government Care? A statement about the US’ treatment of immigrant children in recent years and the COVID-19 crisis, it was part of a recent art installation in New York and is now available as a limited edition print. Proceeds will go to The Sidewalk Project.
Papa Roach will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Infest with a special event on Saturday (April 25). It’s called INFEST-IN Conversation and will see Jacoby Shaddix, Tobin Esperance, Jerry Horton, Tony Palermo and Dave Buckner chatting about the landmark record. It’ll be streamed across all the band’s social media channels – which can be found through their official website – at 1pm Pacific time/9pm GMT – 20 years to the day since the album was released.
X Japan leader Yoshiki has teamed up with U2's Bono, Black Eyes Peas man wiil.i.am and R&B star Jennifer Hudson to launch the track #SING4LIFE, inspired by scenes of Italians singing together from their rooftops and balconies. "I know you are trying hard to restrain yourself to fight against this virus," says Yoshiki. "I believe that your effort... everyone's effort, will affect the entire human race. We will overcome, we can do this together. I'm praying for your health and safety." The song is available on YouTube.
Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood is auctioning one of his paintings, entitled 'Thank you NHS', to raise money for NHS charities. The acrylic on canvas painting is signed and dated in red and black ink. "I am donating this to commemorate the hand clapping," says Wood. "Thank you NHS once again!" Bid on the painting at Bonhams. Bidding closes April 29 at 12:43 BST.
Belle and Sebastian have shared a two-part collaborative project called Protecting The Hive. The project features lyrics sent in by the band's fans – in which they're encouraged to explore their thoughts and feelings while in self isolation – and sets them against collaboratively-made music. Watch and listen now.
Dream Theater keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess will return with his piano mediation at 9pm GMT this evening on his Facebook page.
The Rock The Lockdown series of livestreams continues this week, with Massive Wagons frontman Baz Mills joining CJ Handsome (Bootyard Bandits), Dan Allen (Ducking Punches) and Tyler Kinder from Black Aces. The action starts at 8pm GMT on Wednesday on the Rock People Management Facebook page.
Former Hanoi Rocks and Iggy Pop guitarist Andy McCoy will be performing a special live show on April 25, after coronavirus forced the cancellation of his world tour. A statement reads, "To respect the ongoing support of the fans worldwide, Andy wants to arrange live stream gig before actual touring will be possible. The live stream gig will be available globally." Tickets are available from Ticketmaster in Finland, while more details are available on Facebook.
Genesis have launched an online film festival, broadcasting concert movies via YouTube. It kicked off on Saturday with Three Sides Live, while upcoming events include The Mama Tour on April 25, Live At Wembley Stadium on May 2, The Way We Walk on May 9, and When In Rome on May 16. Follow the action on the Genesis YouTube page.
Former Marillion frontman Fish will be hosting another live Q&A stream on his Facebook page at 6pm GMT, while Dream Theater keyboard wiz Jordan Rudess will be performing a brand new this evening via his Facebook page at 9pm.
Angels & Airwaves – AKA Tom Delonge's other band – have released a single called All That's Left Is Love with all proceeds being donated to the Feeding America charity. They will also be releasing a T-shirt to benefit the charity.
Creeper are hosting their first ever Video Club. Join the band as they host a film viewing session via the Netflix Party app – participants can watch the film along with the band while using the group chat to discuss film. This week's film is Hook, and they'll share the watch link on their Twitter page at 8pm BST.
Fantastic Negrito is hosting Americanafest: Shut In And Sing at 6:30pm PST. A live-streamed concert, he invites anyone feeling isolated or lonely to join him.
Alice In Chains are selling a poster based on their FEW Spirits whiskey label, with proceeds from sales going to charity. The band say: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our industry and devastate our country, we have partnered with Status Serigraph to bring you the following limited edition print, featuring the artwork from our FEW Spirits whiskey. In an effort to support our fellow artists, a percentage of every sale will be donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Thank you for the continued support of our fans as we work through this difficult time.” Three versions of the poster are now available to buy.
Another virtual reality innovation – Melody VR have released a set from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, filmed at London's Alexandra Palace, which you can watch from the crowd, the stage, or anywhere else you fancy from the comfort of your home. "When we sold out Alexandra Palace we wanted to do something special and our friends at MelodyVR knew exactly how to help," says Frank Carter. "Our entire show is now available on MelodyVR. Get over there and watch the show from angles you’ve only ever dreamed of!" Viewers will need a smartphone to catch the show.
The PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited - an organisation that collects royalties on behalf of musicians) is pledging £700,000 to three funds set up to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. They'll donate £500,000 to the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, plus £100,000 to both the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and the AIM COVID-19 Crisis Fund. "This funding is vital for those who have lost their regular means of income and find it challenging to sustain their livelihood," says PPL Chief Executive Officer Peter Leathem.
Godsmack’s Sully Erna has launched his Hometown Sessions series. Every Tuesday, the vocalist will chat to celebrity guests and fellow musicians with the chance to also see some one-off performances. Erna adds: “Thursdays will be reserved for ‘real talk’ about ‘real life’, as we invite some of the top experts in to talk about mental health, struggles with addiction, depression, bullying and so much more. We will even be opening the phone lines to all of you to help answer your questions, share advice, or simply hear your heartfelt stories that will inspire others to come forward and tell theirs.” Hometown Sessions is available through Erna’s YouTube channel where you’ll also find last night’s stream.
John Mitchell’s Lonely Robot will stream their 2019 Under Stars film on YouTube tonight at 6pm GMT. Mitchell says: “It has always been an ambition of mine to have a full length visual accompaniment alongside an album of music I have written. With Under Stars and the help of Miles at Crystal Spotlight, this dream was finally realised last year. I'm very proud of the results and I'd like to thank Miles for all his hard work and patience in bringing this to fruition. I hope you enjoy it.”
Discogs has announced a new initiative to support record stores around the world by offering up to a $500 credit to record store retailers. “This initiative will cover fees for more than 95% of the record stores on Discogs and we hope that it helps in some way to keep them viable, covering some of their loss due to social distancing," they say.
Real Estate have launched Quarantour – an augmented reality live show which allows you to use your phone to turn any room in your house into a venue. "Collectively we wondered if there was a way to bring a live experience to fans when no one can leave their home," say CALLEN, the creative agency behind the tour. "Instead of having a set time when everyone must join a live stream, what if we could make this an on demand experience people could use whenever/wherever the feeling strikes? That's what augmented reality affords us."
Mongolian favourites The Hu are currently in lockdown in Australia - but that hasn’t stopped them from being creative… in the kitchen. The band have been regularly posting videos showing them cooking up tasty meals from their apartment. They’ve just launched their 12th cooking video which shows them whipping up a batch of tsuivan - a Mongolian noodle dish with meat and veg. The band say: “We’ve been staying inside together, taking the social distancing seriously and washing our hands regularly. We thank you all for your love and support. Please stay inside and wash your hands. Please be safe. Together we can beat this pandemic."
Frontiers Music Srl have released a 20 track digital sampler which features songs from current and upcoming album releases. It’s available to stream right now on both Spotify and YouTube and includes Black Swan, Dirty Shirley, Allen/Olzon and Electric Mob.
Skindred have created a t-shirt especially for the NHS. The band say: “We’ve created a very special one-off t-shirt design to support the wonderful work of the NHS staff and Keyworkers. All profits from sales of this shirt are being donated to the NHS who are working tirelessly through the Covid-19 crisis.” The t-shirt is available to purchase now.
Kiss have also launched a new t-shirt, proceeds from which will benefit the Global Relief Fund For Live Music Crews – a charity that is helping to support touring and venue crews who are struggling during the current situation. The Kiss Stay At Home shirt will ship from May 4 but it can be pre-ordered now.
Joe Satriani got his old band together for a live virtual album release party, Joe Satriani & Friends / Behind The Scenes With The Shapeshifting Team. You can still watch the full performance on Satriani’s Facebook page.
Legendary photographer Mick Rock is to release five never-seen-before images of pop culture icons and the stories behind each. Having originally planned to release a show of unseen work in London, he's now taken it online and reduced the sales prices, with 20% of all print sales towards West Contemporary’s fundraiser for FFP3 masks for NHS staff.
It's couple's night: Rainbow guitarist Richie Blackmore will be performing with wife Candice as Blackmore's Night on News12's Facebook page at 8pm GMT this evening, while Pink Floyd man David Gilmour and his wife Polly Samson will be covering a selection of Leonard Cohen songs on Gilmour's Facebook page at 8.30 GMT. For our American cousins, GMT is four hours ahead of EDT.
The Struts have filmed themselves recording a version of The Spice Girls 1997 hit Stop. Shot at the band's apartments while on lockdown in LA, it’s part of the first instalment of their newly-launched Sunday Service lockdown show, in which they show fans around their homes and share previously unseen live footage.
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman has written a COVID-19 song. Famous for his acerbic lyrics, the song features the lines, "I'm gonna be with you 24 hours a day / A lot of people couldn't stand that / But you can / You'll be with me 24 hours a day / What a lucky man I am", and advises parents, "If the kids are frightened, tell them not to be afraid / But don't let them touch your face". Watch Stay Away.
Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze will hold a global listening party for their album Amends on April 10. The record, featuring remastered vocals from Bennington, was scheduled to launch tomorrow, but the release has now been pushed back to June. But the band wanted to share the album early, with streams set to go live in New Zealand, China, India, Europe, the UK, North America, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru on either YouTube or Facebook. Visit the official website for times and links.
Babymetal are encouraging fans to “Stay home, stay metal” during the coronavirus pandemic – and to keep everyone entertained, they’ll stream two live concerts on YouTube. On April 10, they’ll broadcast their Red Night from the Tokyo Dome, while Saturday will see their Black Night performance from the same venue. Both concerts will go live at 8pm in Japan (12noon GMT).
In This Moment have launched a new t-shirt, with all proceeds from sales going to their road crew. The band explain: “A touring band is nothing without their crew. They are the backbone to it all – the foundation. We thank our crew for all their hard work and for being our road families. We are proud of you. We are honoured to work by your sides. Thank you. Please check out our Stay Home And Listen To Mother shirt for our crew. All proceeds will go to them. We love you all. Stay safe. We will all get through this together.”
Apple Music have set up a $50 million fund to help provide cash flow to indie labels and distributors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The cash, in the form of one-off advances, will be available to labels and distributors that earn over $10,000 per quarter in revenue from the streaming platform.
Henry Rollins has launched the first episode of his Cool Quarantine radio show. It was broadcast last night via KCRW where Rollins played tracks by artists including Led Zeppelin and The Cramps. The full four-hour broadcast has now been uploaded and can be listened to here. Announcing the show, Rollins said: “So, why did we start the Cool Quarantine? Two reasons. The first is that I wanted to make a show that felt like those great hangouts you might have done where you and some friends descend on someone’s house, everyone brings some records and the jam session goes and goes. Also, I know that you might be spending some long spells in your dwelling, so I wanted to make a show that conformed to that.”
Bruce Springsteen will appear on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio later today, where The Boss will play a selection of the music he’s been listening to while in lockdown. Springsteen says (via Rolling Stone): “I am here to wish you well and to play you some songs that kind of work with the times that we’re living through.” From His Home To Yours will be broadcast at 10am ET (3pm GMT).
Online festival Verftet has launched and will be running until April 8. Enslaved kicked the whole thing off yesterday, and the full line-up is a varied affair consisting of notable names in indie, rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic and jazz. You can check out all the previous and upcoming performances at their official YouTube page.
Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg has called on fans to attend online yoga classes with him and his wife Maria. They’ve been running the sessions this month to keep people fit during the lockdown, with the next scheduled class set for 6.30pm (5.30pm) today. Other classes are scheduled for later in the week. Hegg says: “Do something for your own wellbeing today! Join my wife, Maria, and me for yoga online. As usual she’ll be the teacher, and I’ll be the guy that shows you that if I can do it, anybody can!”
The UK’s Association Of Independent Music (AIM) have launched a fund to help support contractors and freelancers in the indie music scene, who have lost their sources of income due to the pandemic. AIM and its members have donated £500,000 and are calling on all sectors of the music industry and beyond to dig deep. AIM’s target is to distribute £1000 to each of 1000 workers within the space of two months. AIM CEO Paul Pacifico says: “The independent sector’s strength lies in its sense of solidarity and community. We have already seen a hugely encouraging show of support for those who are struggling, but there is still more to do. This is a call to arms. Together, we can get through this.”
After a great response to last week’s online Rock The Lockdown event, part two has been announced – and it’ll take place on Tuesday, April 7, at 8pm GMT on Facebook and Instagram. Confirmed artists are Massive's Brad Marr, Hoss Thompson from Thirteen Stars, John Hartwell from These Wicked Rivers and George Twydell from Crooked Shapes. Organisers say: “Once again we will be running a donations tip jar with all proceeds going to the artists involved. A huge thank you to all who contributed last week – more than £350 was raised!
Kvelertak have today announced plans for a live stream on April 10 titled Live From Your Living Room. It’ll feature a 60-minute set from the band and will be broadcast from the Artilleriverkstedet venue in Norway and through Vierlive at 9pm CET (8pm GMT). Fans will also be able to live chat throughout the performance and order 2020 merch bundles. The band say: "Like so many of you right now, we don’t know when we can get back to work and out on the road again. But only boring people get bored. So while we’re waiting for the apocalypse to either wipe us all out or just pass us by this time, we are inviting ourselves into your homes. We’ll do some kind of Q&A as well."
L7’s Donita Sparks has announced she’s to launch an online variety show titled The Hi-Low Show. The first episode will be broadcast on the We Are Hear YouTube channel at 3pm PST (11pm GMT) tonight, with the vocalist and guitarist performing tracks, with guest artists also joining in. During the show, fans will be able to donate money which will go directly to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Former Marillion frontman Fish will be hosting a live Q+A stream on his Facebook page at 6pm GMT.
Icelandic retro rockers The Vintage Caravan will stream a live concert from their Facebook page today at 8pm GMT.
57 German bands have joined forces to compile a Rock Against Corona Spotify playlist. All proceeds from the streaming will be donated to coronavirus-related charities. "You can expect a mega-varied mix of punk, alternative rock, metalcore, progressive rock, and and and. Let yourself be surprised," say the organisers, Ungetsheim band Pottinger.
Earlier this month, Code Orange live-streamed their launch show for their new album Underneath. The twist was the performance was to an empty venue. But it was a success for the band and fans were able to purchase merch during the stream. Now, they’ve announced a new livestream series titled You And You Alone, with the first episode going live tonight on their Twitch channel at 8pm ET. Code Orange say: “Number 1 will be an improvised performance/visual experience from Eric ‘Shade’ Balderose. You will be able to purchase an very limited event t-shirt and digital download of the performance if you choose to support. This is the first of many creative efforts coming down the pipeline from us during this hell period. We will never settle. The rest of us will be in the chat during the event as well if you have questions.”
Cosmic punks WACO have announced they'll be releasing new single Good Days on April 27. All proceeds from the track will go towards NHS Charities Together to support the British National Health Service through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. They're asking for home-filmed submissions of fans performing along to the song at home for the music video. You can submit your entry via their official email address.
It's Metallica Monday - not a live gig in the true sense but every Monday sees a different gig from the past added to Metallica's YouTube channel.
SKAM's Rocking Chair Online Tour continues this evening, with the band performing their second album Peacemaker in full. "We haven't played some of these songs in a very long time," say SKAM. "Should be interesting!" Stream live on the band's Facebook page at 8pm GMT.
Mongolian stars The Hu will be taking to Instagram Live this evening alongside Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach to do, well, who knows what? Tune in at 9pm EST/6pm PST (that's 1am in the morning, UK fans) to find out.
Dream Theater keyboard wizz Jordan Rudess hosts another daily Piano Meditation at his official Facebook page at 9pm GMT.
The nice folk at Rock People Management have announced their inaugural Rock The Lockdown show for tomorrow night (March 31). The event will comprise four back-to-back performances featuring Dig Lazarus’s Ash Tustain, Nikki Smash from The Rocket Dolls, an acoustic performance from Massive Wagons’ Stephen Holl, and Anglo-Australian bluesman Reece Mastin. Visit RPM's Facebook page at 8pm GMT tomorrow to join the action. A Paypal "tip jar" will be in operation.
Elvis Costello is hosting Artists4NHS tonight at 7:30pm GMT. The show will include a message and performance recorded by Elvis Costello from his "underground lair". All proceeds go towards official NHS charities. Artists4NHS is a movement inspired by the NHS workers battling the Covid19 outbreak in the UK.
Lamb Of God had to shelve their European tour with Kreator which was due to get under way this weekend, but they'll keep fans entertained by broadcasting their Resurrection Festival set from 2019 on Knotfest.com tonight at 7pm GMT (3pm EST, 12noon PDT). Guitarist Mark Morton will also been live in the chat during the performance where he’ll watch along and answer questions from fans.
Jamie Lenman will be doing a TRL (total request live) show on 31 March at 7pm GMT from his home, via his Facebook page. He will play "all requests: his songs, Reuben songs, covers, shout outs – whatever."
The Struts have launched their own #QuarantineRadio, which kicks off 7:30PM PST on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, via Instagram Live and the iTunes Store.
Parkway Drive are hosting a YouTube premiere of their new documentary Viva The Underdogs on April 4. The doc will go live at 2pm PT/5pm ET/10pm BST/11pm CEST. Winston McCall will also be answering fan questions on 27 March via the band’s Instagram page at 10pm CET / 9pm GMT.
Norwegian punks LÜT have revealed a "Coronavirus challenge" which will be livestreamed tomorrow, Saturday 28th March at 9am GMT via their Facebook page and will see them shovel seven tonnes of snow currently covering their trailer – which has been enveloped by the icy nemesis as a result of them not being able to take it out on tour as planned. Anyway, if you fancy watching five men getting hot and sweaty shovelling some snow, you can tune in via their Facebook page. We can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday, to be fair. The band will release a new music video once the shovelling is complete.
Swiss Prog Award winners Cellar Darling have today announced the Lockdown campaign. It'll begin on April 5 with a live Q&A session and in the days and weeks to come, will also see the band provide exclusive content from their own homes and rehearsal space. The campaign will culminate in a live-streamed performance from Lucerne's Soundfarm Studio on May 3 at 7pm GMT. Lockdown will be a pay-what-you-want initiative, with fans will be able to help the band financially throughout the campaign. Cellar Darling say: "Let’s make the best of a bad situation by doing something positive together: rocking out, while staying at home!"
Devon Allman of the Allman Betts Band is going “on tour” from his house. Allman plans to change themes from show to show to keep it fresh and says: “One night will be cover songs, one night originals, one night Q&A live, one night special guests, one night request hour, etc.” The shows confirmed so far will take place at 7pm CT tonight (Midnight GMT), 7pm CT on Friday and Sunday at 4pm CT (10pm GMT) on Allman’s Facebook page. Gibson Guitars and Earthworks Audio will supply the gear which will also be given away over the course of the "tour". A virtual tip jar will allow fans to donate to Allman and his crew, while the performances will be uploaded to other social media platforms the following day.
Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall was forced to postpone his UK and European tour earlier this month, but to lessen the blow, he'll perform a live set via his Facebook page tonight at 8pm GMT (4pm ET). DuVall will perform tracks from his debut solo album One Alone.
The White Buffalo will be performing an exclusive and interactive live stream on cadenza.tv on Sunday, April 5 at 12pm PST. He'll be performing songs from upcoming album On The Widow's Walk for the first time, alongside some of his older material.
Brett from Glorious Sons is writing a series of songs called Isolation Songs and putting them out on the band's YouTube channel. He's broadcasting a new song most days. "At home waiting this thing out," he says, "trying to keep my mind busy."
Snow Burial will be live streaming an acoustic performance via the Prosthetic Records YouTube channel. The stream will take place on 26 March at 8 EDT/ 7 CDT/ 5 PDT. The band will be accepting donations throughout the performance, and will be sending all money raised to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Shinedown have released a new single from their unreleased archive titled Atlas Falls. Apparently never heard before, a download of the single is now available with the purchase of a limited edition T-shirt. All proceeds from the single and shirt go to humanitarian aid organisation Direct Relief, who are providing personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus.
Live Lesson Masters – a new online learning platform focusing on music, yoga and cooking – has been launched to give struggling members from the global music community a chance to keep a revenue stream going during coronavirus. They call it "a network of your favourite musicians and instructors who are ready to impart their lifetime of knowledge and experience upon you. Real time, face to face, all online." Classes are bookable now.
Randy Bachman and his son Tal are to broadcast a livestream this evening from their home on Vancouver Island, Canada. A statement says, "This premiere special musical union is in response to the realities of social distancing, and will be a testament to the powers of music as a source of healing and community for everyone." The livestream will be broadcast at on YouTube at 6pm PST.
Jack White's Third Man Records have announced Third Man Public Access, a series of daily live-streamed virtual gigs to take place from the label’s well-known Blue Room in Nashville, broadcast via YouTube. They will take place daily at 1pm EST.
Sub Pop trio Moaning will be streaming a virtual listening party of their new album, Uneasy Laughter, via YouTube on Friday, March 20th at 6pm GMT/ 11am PST / 2pm EST.
Following the cancellation of their show with Body Count last Friday, Cro-Mags performed their full planned set as 'The Quarantine Show' online instead. The full, multi-camera performance is now available to watch on YouTube.
Rising UK rocker Jack J Hutchinson is launching a collection of live recordings and special performances that will provide his fans with music over the coming months. It all starts with a live listening party tonight at 9pm UK time on Jack's Facebook page.
The Lockdown Music Festival this weekend showcases 16 of the hottest blues rock acts from all around the world – without anyone, bands or audience, having to leave the house. And it's all free. Read more.
Online piano lesson providers Scoove are currently offering free courses for beginners. Read more.
Canadian rockers The Wild - who we described as "absolutely reeking of rot-gut moonshine and hi-octane gasoline" have announced a quarantine concert. It'll take place Saturday March 21 at 8pm GMT. You can tune in on their Facebook page. “In a time where our genre has never seemed more lost, we stay the course,” says lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Villain, “some of us still believe in rock and roll music and this album is for those of us that do.”
Bandsintown has announced two new features aimed at helping music fans and artists cope with event cancellations. Watch Live is a service that allows the artists listed on their platform to promote their livestreams, while next week will see a Bandsintown Live Music Marathon raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Tuk Smith, former leader of Biters and now frontman for Atlanta's Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts, is taking requests for songs he'll perform live from his home. Read more.
From 7am UK time today and 7am tomorrow (midnight-midnight PCT), Bandcamp are waiving their usual cut and directing 100% of sales revenue to their artists. Read more.
Napalm Records have launched a website to not only keep fans informed about tour postponements and cancellations, but to also help artists. The website – which will be updated on a regular basis – will also provide details on artists’ crowdfunding drives, live streams and more. Read more.