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Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus”
Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame postponed their 2020 induction ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they’ve announced a new date: November 7th. The ceremony will be held in the same location, Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and, for the first time, it will be broadcast live on HBO at 8 p.m. EST. This year’s inductees are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, T. Rex and the Doobie Brothers. Jon Landau and Irving Azoff are the recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Stevie Nicks – “Edge of Seventeen”
Oregon artist Andy Baio has started a new series where he reworks famous album covers under the lens of social distancing. The new series sees Baio taking classic covers from renowned artists like Weezer, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and Queen, and moves around the people on the artwork so that they’re practicing social distancing. Baio has shared the series amidst the spread of COVID-19 in an attempt to encourage people to stay home to flatten the curve. Check out the series here.
R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
Bill Rieflin, the multi-talented drummer and instrumentalist that played with many bands over the span of 30-plus years, passed away at 59 on March 24th after a long battle with cancer. Rieflin was a notable figure in the industrial rock and metal scenes. He was featured on tours and albums with several different artists, including King Crimson, KMFDM, R.E.M., Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. He got his start in 1988 with Ministry and later joined Rieflin in 2013 as one of their three drummers, working with them up until his passing.
INXS – “Need You Tonight”
Dua Lipa shared her new ’80s-tinged album Future Nostalgia, and a standout track on the album called “Break My Heart” flips an INXS hit. The disco pop track features the melody from the Australian band’s 1987 hit, “Need You Tonight,” as Lipa delivers lines like, “I would’ve stayed at home/ ‘Cause I was doing better alone/ But when you said, ‘Hello’/ I knew that was the end of it all/ I should’ve stayed at home/ ‘Cause now there ain’t no letting you go.”
Beastie Boys – “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”
Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story has put its IMAX theatrical release on hold due to the spread of COVID-19. The film was originally set to screen in theatres as of April 3rd, but that has been pushed back. On the bright side, the documentary about the iconic music group will still stream on Apple TV+ as of April 24th.