My Chemical Romance, The Darkness, Quicksand, Etc. Members Cover The Ramones’ “I Believe In Miracles”

Boris Pelekh (Gogol Bordello, Hey Guy) has brought together a group of various musicians to cover the Ramones’ “I Believe In Miracles” to raise money for a GoFundMe page that was launched in support of Partners In Health. In addition to Pelekh, the performance also features: Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Frank Turner, Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today), Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s, Million Miler), Brett Anderson (The Donnas), Michael Miley (Rival Sons) Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero and the Future Violents), Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (MuteMath, Pink Dust), and Nathen Maxwell (Flogging Molly).

Pelekh, whose mother works as a staff nurse at New York Presbyterian/Queens hospital, commented:

“It was roughly around late March 2020 when her hospital became a central hotspot of the pandemic in NYC, and her unit was repurposed for COVID-19 patients.

The situation was growing more and more grim by the day, as I would get reports from her every night. It became very tough for me to simply isolate at home and not try and help somehow. Since I play guitar in a very influential punk-rock band; Gogol Bordello, I decided to grab a bunch of friends from other beloved rock and punk bands to come together virtually, and make a multimedia version of a hopeful and anthemic punk-rock song. I wanted to raise people’s spirits and help fund a charitable organization dealing with COVID-19.

My mom always complained about the lack of PPE in her hospital, so I went out searching for a charitable organization that specifically funded PPE and other medical equipment for healthcare workers. I found the highly reputable Partners In Health who were very closely aligned with my objective and were working on an international level.

I picked one of the most timeless punk bands from Queens; Ramones. Their song ‘I Believe in Miracles’ could not be a better fit. Partners In Health loved the idea and we quickly affiliated to get this video to be a fundraiser for PPE and other medical equipment across the world. With all set in place, the individual band members sent me their parts, and I threw together this multimedia collaboration of Ramones’ ‘I Believe in Miracles.’

#rockforhopeproject’s motto is simple, ‘If you’re not in the position to give, share this video with someone that is.’”

[via Loudwire]

Rival Sons Release Acoustic Version Of “Shooting Stars”

Rival Sons have released an acoustic version of “Shooting Stars.” The original version of the track appears on the band’s latest album “Feral Roots.”

Jay Buchanan told American Songwriter the following:

“During this pandemic lockdown I got a request for this one solo acoustic. I went down the road to Dave Cobb’s, set my mics up outside, and tossed the cable ends into his studio doorway. The densely wooded holler was really reverberating my voice back to me on the louder parts of the song. You can hear the birds and the dog barking throughout. I left the cables, grabbed my mics and split after a couple passes. I think we had it on the first take, but one of those old twin prop planes flew low overhead so that was that. I’d rolled up a sock over the guitar mic to block out the breeze, but in the end my picking touch is just too light so I had to track some additional guitar back at my house. That inevitably led to a couple quick backing vocal passes which led to percussion, etc. It’s definitely got that home recording vibe.”

2020 SandJam Music Festival Cancelled

The 2020 SandJam Music Festival has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place on April 24-26 at M.B. Miller Pier in Florida with Shinedown, 311, Weezer, The Struts, Rival Sons, Dorothy, and more set to perform.

Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Deftones, Etc. Set For 2020 Beale Street Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Beale Street Music Festival. The event will take place at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, TN on May 1-3 and it will feature: Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, 311, Deftones, Rival Sons, Crobot, Sheer Mag, The Glorious Sons, Dirty Honey, and more.

Rival Sons Announce Spring U.S. Tour

Rival Sons have announce a spring U.S. tour. Reignwolf, The War And Treaty, and JJ Wilde will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

03/07 Tampa, FL – Gasparilla Music Festival*

With Reignwolf:

04/17 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
04/18 Tucson, AZ – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
04/20 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
04/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/22 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04/24 Panama City Beach, FL – SandJam Music Festival*
04/25 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
04/28 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
04/29 Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
04/30 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
05/02 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/03 Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival*

With The War And Treaty:

05/05 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
05/06 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
05/08 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
05/09 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
05/10 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
05/12 Richmond, VA – The National
05/13 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/14 Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
05/16 Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
05/17 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

With JJ Wilde:

05/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
05/20 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
05/21 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

* Festival Date

Shinedown, 311, Weezer, Etc. Set For 2020 SandJam Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 SandJam Music Festival. The event will take place on April 24-26 at M.B. Miller Pier in Florida and the daily lineups can be found below:

April 24: Shinedown, The Struts, Rival Sons, Lovelytheband, Dorothy, Magic City Hippies, and Sweet Lizzy Project.

April 25: 311, Judah & The Lion, Skillet, Sir Sly, The Hip Abduction, Devon Gilfillian, Heritage, Oliver Hazard, and Sleepwalkers.

April 26: Weezer, AJR, Manchester Orchestra, White Reaper, The Steel Woods, Strand Of Oaks, and Bones Owens.

Tool, Killswitch Engage, Death Angel, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Nominated For 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on January 26 and it will broadcast live on CBS at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The categories with rock/metal artists can be found below.

Best Metal Performance:

  • Candlemass & Tony Iommi – “Astorolus – The Great Octopus“
  • Death Angel – “Humanicide“
  • I Prevail – “Bow Down“
  • Killswitch Engage – “Unleashed“
  • Tool – “7empest“

Best Rock Performance:

  • Bones UK – “Pretty Waste“
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land“
  • Brittany Howard – “History Repeats“
  • Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Woman“
  • Rival Sons – “Too Bad“

Best Rock Song:

  • Tool – “Fear Inoculum“
  • The 1975 – “Give Yourself A Try“
  • Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall“
  • Brittany Howard – “History Repeats“
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land“

Best Rock Album:

  • Bring Me The Horizon – “amo“
  • Cage The Elephant – “Social Cues“
  • The Cranberries – “In The End“
  • I Prevail – “Trauma“
  •  Rival Sons – “Feral Roots“

The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) was also nominated in the Best Recording Package category for his posthumous career retrospective.

Rival Sons Premiere “Look Away” Live Video

Rival Sons have premiered a new live video for their song “Look Away.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Feral Roots.” The group commented:

“Our good friend Rick Horn and his friend Justin Brunner shot this clip of ‘Look Away’ for us at our recent headline show at The Wiltern in LA, CA. So, WATCH NOW!”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler Reunite With Bill Ward At “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” Event

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunited with Bill Ward during the “Grammy Salute To Music Legends” ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday (May 11). The group were honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the event, which also saw Rival Sons performing a covers medley for the trio.