Quick Takes 6/15/20

  • Rush has posted a new animated video of 1980’s “The Spirit Of Radio.” The clip, which was issued to promote the band’s new Permanent Waves – 40th Anniversary collection, celebrates the DJ’s that supported the band’s through the years, touched upon the band’s history, and ends with a dedication to its late drummer, stating: “In memory of our brother Neil Peart.”
  • Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour will release his first new song in half-a-decade on June 25th. The track, titled, “Yes, I Have Ghosts,” will initially be released as part of the audio edition of his wife and lyricist Polly Samson‘s book, A Theatre for Dreamers, before seeing a wide release a week later. (Rolling Stone)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle are keeping their “Lockdown Challenge” going with a new self-quarantine version of Van Halen‘s 1991 favorite, “Right Now.” Hagar, along with Michael AnthonyJason Bonham, and Vic Johnson have already tackled versions of Little Richard‘s “Keep A-Knockin’,” Buffalo Springfield‘s “For What It’s Worth,” AC/DC‘s “Whole Lotta Rosie,” the Who‘s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “Three Little Birds,” Van Halen’s “Good Enough,” and their own original jam, “Funky Feng Shui.”
  • Def Leppard are thinking about how its road crew is struggling by being off the road during the ongoing pandemic. The band posted on its Instagram page: “During the past few months we’ve been going through the Def Leppard vaults and came across these vintage crew shirts! So we decided to create a limited edition merch line inspired by these authentic touring/local crew shirt designs to support our crew – without whom our shows wouldn’t happen. Net proceeds from the sale DIRECTLY BENEFITS the Def Leppard crew! Check them out at Crew2020.defleppard.com.”
  • Kiss co-founder Ace Frehley has announced a string of summer and dates, with special social distancing practices set to be enforced at the shows. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Ace Frehley tour dates (subject to change):
      August 6 – Warrendale, PA – Jergels
      August 7 – Warren, OH – Robins Theatre
      September 18 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
      October 10 – Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Event Center
      October 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
      December 31 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund
  • A new deal brings classic footage from The Ed Sullivan Show to fans via streaming platforms. Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment have joined forces with their initial clips from the legendary variety show now appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel. Beloved performances now online feature the SupremesFour TopsGladys Knight & The PipsMarvin GayeNeil DiamondSmokey Robinson & The Miracles, the Beach Boys, the Jackson 5, and the Temptations. New videos will be rolled out daily over the next three years on the exclusive channel. (Billboard)