EdelDeep Purple has released a third track from their upcoming album, Whoosh.
"Nothing At All," now available for streaming and download, follows "Throw My Bones" and "Man Alive." The album, the band's 21st, was originally scheduled for June, but it's now going to arrive August 7, in a variety of formats and configurations. They include a standard CD, a two-LP set, and a limited-edition box set featuring a DVD with bonus content.
According to a press release, the lyrics of "Nothing at All" appear to be "an observation of what we humans have done to Mother Earth in our short time of existence."
As of right now, there's no video for the track, but a statement says that the "spaceman" who appeared in videos for the previous two singles, and who's also on the album cover, is "on a very special journey," and "his story is going to be continued soon."
Z2 Comics/Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead graphic novel Grateful Dead Origins was originally going to be released in April. It was then pushed to June, and now it's coming out July 31. But you can get an advance look at it now over on RollingStone.com.
Rolling Stone has published an amusing excerpt of the graphic novel that's been shared by Z2 comics, depicting the time that the Dead appeared on Playboy After Dark, a TV show hosted by late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. You can watch actual the January 1969 appearance, which featured performances of "Mountains of the Moon" and "St. Stephen," on YouTube.
Z2 has also shared a previously unreleased version of "St. Stephen," from the band's 1969 release, Aoxomoxoa. It's the first West Coast live performance of the song, and it's taken from a live recording of an August 1968 concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. That concert is included on a vinyl LP that comes with the deluxe version of the graphic novel.
Deborah AndersonJon Anderson's new solo album, 1000 Hands, will be out July 31, and the Yes founding member has now released the fourth and final single from the project, "First Born Leaders."
"'First Born Leaders' is about waking up once more to 'dream the big dream,' just like in the 60's when our world changed for the better," Anderson says in a statement.
"We're now entering into the next phase of enlightenment," he adds. "I hope that we can see how the world is connected through the human experience, and that we continue to follow the correct path."
As for what the song sounds like, well, imagine a prog rock song mixed with reggae, with a little bit of jazz thrown in.
1000 Hands will be released digitally, on CD and on 180-gram vinyl. You can order a variety of merch bundles at Anderson's online store.
As previously reported, Anderson started work on 1000 Hands almost 30 years ago with a group of musicians that included Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, but shelved the unfinished recordings for many years.
He eventually revisited the project and finally finished it with help from an impressive cast of guest musicians that includes Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, and jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Bob King/RedfernsOn Saturday at 12 p.m. ET, Elton John will present the second installment of his new Classic Concert Series on his official YouTube channel.
Sydney Entertainment Centre Live In Australia 1986captures a particularly memorable Elton John performance -- not just because he performed part of it with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, but because Elton was afraid it might be his last show ever.
As he writes on Instagram, "Three weeks after this show, I was booked in to have throat surgery and was worried I would never sing again. Well, if that was to be the case, I was going to go out on a high!"
"The outfits Bob Mackie designed for me were typically fabulous and I’m incredibly proud of how well Bernie [Taupin] and my songs translated to being performed with the 88-piece Melbourne Sydney Orchestra," he adds, and giving a specific shout-out to the huge, bright purple wig he wore to sing "Bennie and the Jets."
He posted a clip of his performance of "Your Song" on Instagram as well, and wrote, "Playing #YourSong with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is truly an experience I’ll never forget. They elevated Paul Buckmaster’s original string arrangement to new levels."
Elton obviously made it through the surgery OK, but he had to stop touring for 18 months. His vocal range also went from tenor to baritone as a result of the surgery.
The concert was recorded for the 1987 album and home video Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, but it didn't capture the complete show. A live version of "Candle in the Wind" from this show became a top-10 hit in 1987.
As previously reported, Elton is streaming these classic concerts to raise money for his AIDS Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Jefferson Starship is about to release its first original songs in 12 years -- with some help from the members of the band's most successful lineup.
The group's seven-track EP, Mother of the Sun, is due out August 21. It features one song co-written with Grace Slick -- the lead single, "It's About Time" -- and another co-written by the late Marty Balin, who died in 2018. Plus, original Jefferson Starship member Pete Sears plays bass on three songs.
The song co-written by Balin is "Don't Be Sad Anymore," which Balin originally recorded for his 2010 solo album Blue Highway.
The current iteration of Jefferson Starship -- featuring David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson, Chris Smith and Jude Gold -- was led by the band's founder, Paul Kantner, until his death in 2016. In a statement, singer Cathy Richardson says, "Paul Kantner was our bandleader and the visionary who kept Jefferson Starship going through so many eras."
"He inspired so much about this record, from the messages in the lyrics to the title and album art to the collaborative process of creating music as a band with some of his original muses -- Grace, Marty, and Pete," she adds. "Mother of the Sun is dedicated to PK."
One track on the EP, "Embryonic Journey," is a new recording of the instrumental written by Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane's classic second album, Surrealistic Pillow.
The band plans a tour in 2021 to support the new project; dates will be announced this fall.
Here's the track listing for Mother of the Sun:
"It's About Time" "What Are We Waiting For?" "Setting Sun" "Runaway Again" "Embryonic Journey" "Don't Be Sad Anymore" "What Are We Waiting For? (Extended version)"
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyTo the surprise of likely no one, Aerosmith has postponed their 50th Anniversary concert at Boston's Fenway Park, which was to have taken place on September 18.
"Out of an abundance of love and caution our 50th Anniversary Fenway show is being rescheduled to 14th September 2021," the band wrote on Facebook and their socials. "It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret, for the safety of our families, for our crews, for the fans and for the Blue Army."
All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date, but you can also request a refund if the new date doesn't work for you. Ticket holders will be contacted with all the details.
"Until then, stay safe and stay healthy," the band signs off. "Big love from the Bad Boys of Boston."
The Boston show, with special guests and fellow Bostonians Extreme, was to have been Aerosmith's first U.S. concert of 2020 outside of their Las Vegas residency.
Aerosmith currently has a string of European shows scheduled for 2021, starting with a May date in Moscow.
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Ray Di PietroLast month, Elvis Costello released a new song recorded in Helsinki, Finland called "No Flag," and promised that the "next installment of the story" would arrive July 10. Well, it's here.
Costello has dropped a new track called "Hetty O'Hara Confidential," also recorded in Helsinki. Like "No Flag," he sang and played all the instruments on the track, including drum machine, organ, bass, piano and "all other noises."
The upbeat, percussion-heavy song, described as "the tale of a tattler who outlives her time," is about a female gossip columnist who wields the power to make or break people's careers and reputations. There's an animated lyric video to go with the track.
"Who's got your girlfriend?/And who had her first?/Reading her column was essential/Hetty O'Hara Confidential," sings Elvis in his best sarcastic tone. "She could kill a man with a single stroke/She is not the one you want to provoke/If you can't take the heat/Or you can't take a joke."
As previously reported, Elvis said he wanted to record in Helsinki because he "wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me," and described the new music as "The Helsinki Sound."
Island RecordsEarlier this year, Jon Bon Jovi wrote a song called "Do What You Can," inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he's written a new song, "American Reckoning," inspired by the social justice movement sweeping the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd's murder.
The song, written by Jon and available now on all digital platforms, starts with the words "America's on fire," and refers directly to Floyd's murder, with the lyrics "God damn those eight long minutes/laying face down in cuffs on the ground."
Jon also sings, "When did a judge and a jury become a badge and a knee," and "Another mother's crying as history repeats/I can't breathe."
Elsewhere in the song, Bon Jovi muses on the white privilege that keeps him from truly understanding the struggle of Black Americans: "I'll never know what it's like to walk a mile in his shoes/and I'll never have to have the talk so it don't happen to you."
In the chorus, Jon sings, "Stay alive/Shine a light/Stay alive/Use your voice and you remember me/American Reckoning."
"I was moved to write 'American Reckoning' as a witness to history,” says Jon in a statement. "I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
100% of the band's net proceeds and its record label's net proceeds from "American Reckoning" downloads through the end of the year will support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative.
"American Reckoning" will be included on Bon Jovi's forthcoming album Bon Jovi 2020, due out this fall. According to the band's rep, it "takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year."
Courtesy The ScorpionsThe Scorpions recently released a new single called "Sign of Hope," an introspective ballad offering a message of comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frontman Klaus Meine tells ABC Audio that he wrote the song while in lockdown as he was being inundated by news about the coronavirus.
"[I]t became more scary every other day," Meine explains. "And that's when I wrote 'Sign of Hope,' just a little song straight from the heart in troubled times for our fans out there."
He adds, "In good and bad times, music is always like soul food, right?...And this is what 'Sign of Hope' is about. It's just a sweet little song, just for a moment to take you away to better times and away from this brutal reality."
Meine notes that the "short and sweet ballad" is very different from the other songs the band is working on for a new studio album he says is "focusing on the harder edge." The 72-year-old rocker reports that The Scorpions began writing material for the project last year, adding, "I think we have some great songs. And so far, it's a really inspiring journey."
Meine says The Scorpions had intended to record the album in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman, whose previous credits include Slipknot and Metallica. However, because of the pandemic, much of the work so far has been done at home or at the band's Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany, with Fidelman taking part via Zoom.
"[W]e made great progress and [it] was a lot of fun, even now in this restricted and very strange situation," Meine says about the Peppermint Park sessions.
The Scorpions are eyeing a 2021 release for the album. "Sign of Hope" is available now digitally and via streaming services.
Erica Echenberg/RedfernsIn this, his 75th birthday year, Bob Marley's universal message of "One Love" will be used to raise money for UNICEF's support of kids affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Marley's family, as well as other still-to-be-announced musicians and artists from around the globe, are releasing a new version of the song on July 17.
All proceeds will go directly to Reimagine, UNICEF's campaign to help kids whose lives have been upended by effects of the coronavirus, such as school closings, food shortages, and disruptions to medical supply chains.
Every dollar donated by the public will be matched by the jewelry company Pandora, up to $1 million. Among other things, the money will be used to provide hygiene kits, PPE, soap, masks and gloves to kids and their families.
In a statement, Cedella Marley says, "Over forty years ago, my father wrote One Love about unity, peace and universal love during a time when there was much trouble in the world. Even in a time when we aren’t able to get together, his message remains true today: We can get through this global crisis if we come together through one love and one heart."
In other Bob Marley news, Marley, the 2012 documentary about the reggae icon, will return to theaters and "virtual" cinemas on July 31. It features concert footage as well as interviews with Bob, Rita, Cedella and Ziggy Marley, as well as Jimmy Cliff and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, among others.
Each ticket purchased will be entered to win a grand prize package of a Marley photo book, plus vinyl and other Marley merch. Visit Bluefoxentertainment.com for more information.
PRNewsfoto/MasterClassIf you're still in lockdown, why not take up an instrument...like the drums? And why not let Queen of Percussion Sheila E. teach you how to play them?
The former Prince collaborator has joined forces with MasterClass to offer the streaming platform's first-ever drums and percussion class, which is now online. Not only will you learn the basics, but Sheila will also teach how to play solo and as part of a band, how to be a bandleader and how you can train physically to keep the beat.
She'll also talk about recording with Prince, and will take a deep dive into her signature song "A Love Bizarre."
"I am honored to be the first-ever drummer for MasterClass," says Sheila in a statement. "When you know what your passion is and what your purpose is, no one and nothing can stand in your way."
"In my MasterClass, I will share my passion and teach members the fundamentals of percussion, drumming and hopefully, inspire them to make their own music."
Access to her class and the more than 85 others on the site costs $15 a month. MasterClass also offers subscribers the chance to learn guitar from Carlos Santana, jazz from Herbie Hancock, vocals from Christina Aguilera and film music from Danny Elfman, among other noted artists.
Steve Granitz/WireImageSammy Hagar is still trying to unload a mansion he originally put up for sale in 2017 -- and the price has been reduced.
Hagar initially put the French chateau-style vacation getaway on the market for $5.9 million three years ago. Then he offered it for rent for $30,000 per month. Now according to Realtor.com, you can buy it for the low, low price of $3.9 million. It cost him $2.3 million when he first bought it in 2009.
The home, on California's Lake Arrowhead, features more than 6,500 square feet of space, eight bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, a huge sound system, 30-foot ceilings, a game room with a bar, a fire pit, barbecue and oversized spa.
According to Realtor.com, one of the listing agents says, "Sammy Hagar is all about family. He built this getaway, located only two hours away from Los Angeles, for the whole family to get together for reunions and holidays, and that’s what makes the property so special.”
The former Van Halen vocalist also put his mansion in Maui, Hawaii on the market in 2017 for just over $3 million, but then withdrew it.
Lately, Hagar and his current band The Circle have been posting "Lockdown Sessions" -- an ongoing series of remotely recorded performance videos, which you can watch at Hagar's YouTube channel.
ABC/CRAIG SJODINOne of the biggest takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic has been how people of color are disproportionately affected. Now, Elton John's written an op-ed saying the same is true for HIV/AIDS -- especially in the U.S.
Coinciding with the 2020 International AIDS Conference, Elton writes in The Atlantic, "The color of your skin should not determine the quality of your health. But in the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is exacerbated by racism, bias, and discrimination."
"As America continues its long-overdue reckoning with racism and systemic injustice, we must address the devastating impact of the disease on the Black community," he continues. "An end to the AIDS epidemic can only be achieved through dignity, respect, love, and compassion for all."
He started the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 because he believes "everyone deserves the right to a healthy life, no matter who you love, who you are, or where you’re from."
Elton praises the "impressive strides" the U.S. has made towards ending AIDS. But, he says, racial inequalities need to be addressed.
He cites these statistics:
--Black Americans are 13% of the population, but in 2018, they represented 42% percent of new HIV diagnoses. Black Americans living with HIV/AIDS are seven times more likely than white people to die from it.
--American gay or bisexual Black men have a 50% lifetime chance of being diagnosed with HIV, compared with nine percent for gay or bisexual white men.
--An estimated 44% of Black trans women are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS.
Elton points out that these disparities "reflect centuries of discrimination," concluding, "We can achieve an AIDS-free generation in America -- but only if we design a system of care that embraces Black people and marginalized communities, and tackles structural racism head-on."
Copperline Music GroupCarlos Santana's wife, Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, has unveiled full details about her forthcoming solo album, Give the Drummer Some, which will be released on September 18.
The 17-track collection will feature Cindy's recently released cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," which features Carlos on guitar and initially was issued as part of the WhyHunger charity's SongAid campaign. Carlos appears on seven other tracks on the album, which also boasts guest appearances by Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Living Colour's Vernon Reid and jazz-fusion great John McLaughlin.
"If I had any kind of agenda at all, I wanted this album to be all-encompassing," says Blackman Santana, who sings as well as plays drums on the record. "Pop, funk, rock, jazz -- I embrace the creativity in all of it, and I feel so inspired when I play it. That's what I wanted people to feel when they listen to the album -- inspired."
Give the Drummer Some features a mix of instrumentals and songs with vocals, and Cindy says she enjoyed the challenge of singing on many of the tracks.
"I am, and always will be a drummer, but it's also exciting to showcase the singer side of me," she explains. "I set out to make a record that was fun and uplifting, but more than that I wanted the messages to matter. If people come away from it feeling all that I put into it, then I've done my job."
Cindy produced some of the album's tracks, while others, including "Imagine," were produced by acclaimed drummer, songwriter and producer Narada Michael Walden. Meanwhile, a new official video for Cindy's "Imagine" cover can be viewed now at her YouTube channel.
"Imagine" -- featuring Carlos Santana "We Came To Play" -- featuring John McLaughlin "She's Got It Goin' On" "Miles Away" "Everybody's Dancin'" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Velocity" "I Need a Drummer" "Superbad" -- featuring John McLaughlin "You Don't Wanna Breaka My Heart" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Evolution Revolution" -- featuring Kirk Hammett & Vernon Reid "Change Is in Your Hands" -- featuring Vernon Reid "Dance Party" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Fun Party Splash" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Social Justice" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Twilight Mask" -- featuring Carlos Santana "Mother Earth "Black Pearl" -- featuring Carlos Santana & Vernon Reid
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead now has its own official podcast. Titled The Good Ol' Grateful Deadcast, the weekly series launches today and promises to "explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks."
The first eight episodes of the series are a deep dives into the songs on the Dead's classic 1970 album Workingman's Dead, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last month. Also featured will be some of the new studio outtakes from those album sessions, which were just released in the new digital collectionWorkingman's Dead: The Angel's Share.
The first episode focuses on "Uncle John's Band," and features special guests including Dead tour manager Sam Cutler, the album's producer, Bob Matthews, and songwriter Jim Lauderdale, who worked closely with longtime Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
On each episode, hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow will be joined by special guests connected to the band, such as Jerry Garcia's daughter, Trixie, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, and the band's former publicist, Dennis McNally. Rare interviews with individuals who were involved during the Dead's early years will also be spotlighted.
In addition, fans are invited to share their own experiences with the band and the Grateful Dead community at Dead.net/deadcast, for use in future episodes.
You can hear The Good Ol' Grateful Deadcast wherever you get your podcasts, as well as on the Dead's YouTube and SoundCloud channels.
Courtesy of John LodgeWhile in quarantine, musicians had to make the most of the tools they had at hand when it came to recording new material. In the case of John Lodge of the Moody Blues, that meant recruiting his whole family to help.
The bass player has just released a new track, "In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix).” In addition to Lodge himself, it features his wife Kirsten on backing vocals and his son Kristian on lead guitar. His daughter-in-law took the photo for the single, while his daughter Emily managed the whole project.
As for non-family members, Lodge recruited Jon Davison of YES, who was a special guest on his solo tour earlier this year, for backing vocal help as well.
In a video message, Lodge notes that being in lockdown reminded him of when the Moodys recorded their classic album Days of Future Passed -- "We were locked down in the studio then," he recalls. "So why not be locked down here and record a new song?"
After praising Davison's and his family's contributions to the tune, Lodge goes on to say, "I hope you like the song, we had a great time recording it...I can't wait to get back on the road with my 10,000 Light Year Band and start performing and being with everyone again."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for God’s Love we DeliverBruce Springsteen wrote the title track of his 2002 album The Rising about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but Heart's Nancy Wilson is finding it to be the perfect song for our current moment.
The Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com has premiered Wilson's version of the song, which she's recorded for an EP by her new side project, The Lab. In addition to Wilson, the collective features three Heart players -- Ben Smith, Andy Stoller and Ryan Waters -- and two other musicians, Eric Tessmer and Jeff Fielder.
According to Backstreets, Nancy said of the song, "It's a response to all the souls departing, and the bravery of the first responders and medical crews. There are true heroes among us."
The Lab EP will also include original material written in quarantine. No word yet on a release date.
Sikelia Productions/Courtesy of SHOWTIMEFormer New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, who found solo success in the 1980s with his lounge-singer alter ego Buster Poindexter, is the subject of an upcoming Showtime documentary that Martin Scorsese is co-directing.
The film will feature footage shot earlier this year during a series of shows Johansen played at New York City's Café Carlyle. The concerts showcased the 70-year-old singer performing various songs from throughout his long career and sharing stories about his life.
The movie also will include archival footage and new interviews with Johansen. Born in Staten Island, New York, Johansen co-founded the influential glam-punk band The New York Dolls in the early-to-mid 1970s. He launched a solo career in late 1970s, and in the '80s, began performing under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, scoring a major dance hit with the campy "Hot Hot Hot."
David later explored traditional blues music with a new group dubbed The Harry Smiths.
"I've known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making Mean Streets," says Scorsese. "Then and now, David's music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I've gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations."
He adds, "After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting."
The documentary will be co-directed by David Tedeschi, who served as editor on several of Scorsese's music-related projects, including Bob Dylan: No Direction Home and the Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light.
UMe The Rolling Stones' reissue campaign continues: A new multi-format release of 1973's Goats Head Soup is due September 4 -- with some surprises.
The box set, deluxe CD and vinyl versions of the reissue will include ten bonus tracks, featuring alternate versions, outtakes and three previously unheard tracks. The first of those, "Criss Cross," is available now as a digital single, and as an instant download with pre-orders of the album. There's a video, to boot.
In addition to "Criss Cross," the previously unheard tracks include "Scarlet" -- with guitar by Jimmy Page and bass by Blind Faith's Rick Grech -- and "All the Rage."
The box set version of the album includes Brussels Affair, a 15-track live album recorded on the fall 1973 tour in support of Goats Head Soup. It was previously only available as part of the Stones' 2012 "official bootleg" live album series, and includes performances of several tracks from the then-new album, including "Angie" and "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker).”
More extras available with the various formats include videos for "Angie," "Silver Train" and "Dancing with Mr. D," plus a 100-page book of photos, essays and tour posters.
"Angie" was the only single released from the album in the U.K.; in the U.S, the album spun off an addition al hit: "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)."
The Stones' lineup on Goats Head Soup was Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, guitarist Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, with contributions from Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ian "Stu" Stewart and sax player Bobby Keys.
In addition to the original album tracks, here's the track listing of the bonus material:
Rarities & Alternative Mixes "Scarlet" "All the Rage" "Criss Cross" "100 Years Ago" (Piano Demo) "Dancing with Mr D" (Instrumental) "Heartbreaker" (Instrumental) "Hide Your Love" (Alternative Mix) "Dancing with Mr D"(Glyn Johns 1973 Mix) "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" – (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix) "Silver Train" (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix)
And here's the track listing for Brussels Affair -- Live 1973:
"Brown Sugar" "Gimme Shelter" "Happy" "Tumbling Dice" "Star Star" "Dancing with Mr D" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" "Angie" "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" "Midnight Rambler" "Honky Tonk Women" "All Down the Line" "Rip This Joint" "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" "Street Fighting Man"
Discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his touring plans, Nils says that before the health crisis hit, he was getting ready for 2020 trek with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and then was hoping to hit the road with Springsteen and the E Street Band next year in support of a new album they've been working on.
He says the album is "as great a record…as I ever heard Bruce make, and that's saying a lot."
Springsteen had mentioned in a 2019 interview that he'd written an album's worth of songs he hoped to record with the E Street Band, but little news about the project had emerged since then.
Meanwhile, Lofgren also reveals that he's preparing a live album featuring performances from a solo tour he did last year in support of his 2019 studio effort, Blue with Lou.
In addition, Nils expresses frustration with how the government has handled the coronavirus crisis.
He laments, "I'm so overwhelmed and heartbroken with what's happening to my country, to my planet…at the hands of corruption and greed and basically limitless moral treason of what our country's supposed to be, by really powerful people, en masse."
Lofgren also says he feels it may be several years before music artists will be able to tour normally again, and he isn't sure if any of his bands would play the drive-in-theater-style concerts that are starting to be organized.