Trent Reznor’s speech inducting The Cure into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year was one of that ceremony’s highlights, and he’s back this year not as a presenter but as the face of inductees Nine Inch Nails. Reznor and NIN entered the Rock Hall tonight via a virtual ceremony. See it here.
Matador Records will release a new limited-edition Gang of Four vinyl box set in December called 77-81 that will collect the band’s first two albums, singles, a previously unreleased live set from 1980 and 26 never-before-issued outtakes, demos and rarities from the era. Full details and tracklist right here.
Former Oingo Boingo frontman and famed film composer Danny Elfman today debuted his first solo music in 36 years — and first rock music since his band’s 1994 swan song — in the form of “Happy,” a characteristically twisted song he’d meant to debut at his planned performance at this year’s Coachella festival.
If you’ve been listening to the new all-star remake of The Mission’s 1988 anthem “Tower of Strength” and trying to figure out exactly who sings what and who played which instrumental parts, it’s all spelled out in this new lyric video released today. Check it out right here.
ustralian rockers Hoodoo Gurus have begun work on a new studio album they plan to release next year, but have offered fans an early taste of their new music in the form of an uncharacteristically political single called “Hung Out to Dry” that goes after President Donald Trump. Check out the new song right here.
Dinosaur Jr will make a return to live music with a pair of limited-capacity, socially distanced outdoor concerts — one a “drive-in” show with fans in cars, the other with attendees in spaced-out “grids” — in New England next month, the band announced today. Full details and ticket information right here.
Wayne Hussey has enlisted current and former members of The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Cult, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus and The Smiths for an all-star remake of The Mission’s 1988 anthem “Tower of Strength” to benefit “key workers dealing with COVID-19 globally.” Full details right here.
They Might Be Giants have rescheduled their coronavirus-foiled Flood 30th anniversary tour, plotting a new 46-date trek through much of 2021 during which the two Johns will perform their beloved 1990 album in its entirety each night. Check out the new tour itinerary right here.
Bauhaus will open what it’s referring to as a 2021 world tour with a pair of rescheduled concerts in México City next April as the reunited band slowly shifts its planned 2020 touring activity — disrupted, like everything else, by the coronavirus — to next year. Details and (some) rescheduled tour dates right here.
No stranger to rerecording its classic 1982 single “I Melt With You,” Modern English has done so again — this time in the style of our times, the socially distanced performance that’s recorded separately-but-together over Zoom. The band will be reissue the “I Melt With You” 12-inch single for Record Store Day on Oct. 24.
For those who haven’t yet partaken in the sourdough-making craze that swept through coronavirus lockdowns this spring, none other than Mike Joyce — yes, the former drummer for The Smiths — is here to help get you up to speed and kneading away. Watch his video tutorial right here.
The Pet Shop Boys last week released a new “lockdown version” of their early hit single “Pet Shop Boys,” with a new musical bed put together by Chris Lowe on his laptop at the home where he’s in isolation from the coronavirus, and new vocals sung by Neil Tennant. You can hear the new version here.
Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour with KMFDM and Front Line Assembly — a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and that album’s famed tour — has been moved from summer 2020 to spring 2021 due to ongoing restrictions on crowd sizes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bauhaus issued a statement Tuesday assuring fans they are “working diligently” to reschedule the remainder of the band’s planned 2020 reunion shows, with the group looking forward “so very much to playing again as soon as it is possible to do so.” Full details right here.