British synthpop pioneers Heaven 17 have rescheduled their first-ever North American tour — which should have been underway at this moment — to next January as they join the growing number of acts pushing concerts into 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic continues. See the new dates right here.
Electronic-music giants New Order and Pet Shop Boys today announced they will delay their highly anticipated 12-date North American “Unity Tour” a full year, with a new itinerary to be announced shortly that will begin in September 2021 instead of September 2022. See full details right here.
Dave Greenfield, whose keyboard playing help give The Stranglers their unique sound amid the squall of late-’70s U.K. punk, died on Sunday night of complications from the COVID-19 respiratory disease, the band announced. He was 71. Read more from this bandmates and friends.
The House of Love’s Guy Chadwick today played a second “Stay Safe” live set from his home in England, offering fans another 13-song, hour-long set that this time dug deep into the band’s catalog, mostly eschewing better-known songs for fan-favorites requests. Watch the full show right here.
The organizers of Record Store Day today announced the postponement of the 2020 installment for the second time, pushing the event first scheduled for April 18 and then delayed until June 30 to three separate “drops” in August, September and October. Full details on the new events right here.
Crowded House this week marked the 33rd anniversary of their classic single “Don’t Dream It’s Over” reaching No. 2 on the U.S. charts by recording a new socially-distanced version of the song “between continents.” You can see the whole multi-part performance right here.
As they continue to build up toward their first new album in 29 years, The Psychedelic Furs this week premiered the third song off the pandemic-delayed Made of Rain, a dark, swirling rocker called “No-One” that you can hear in its entirety right here. The album is due out July 31.
The announcement that Danny Elfman would perform a career-spanning set at Coachella had fans buzzing about what Oingo Boingo material he might resurrect, a question still hanging in the air with the Southern California music festival pushed to October over coronavirus concerns. Watch it here.
Matthew Seligman, the highly inventive bassist for The Soft Boys who went on to record with Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins, The Waterboys, Peter Murphy, Morrissey and more, and who played with David Bowie at Live Aid, died Friday after being in a coma for two weeks with COVID-19, his longtime friend Dolby announced,
The Psychedelic Furs today announced they’re delaying the release of Made of Rain — the band’s first new album in 29 years — until late July due to “logistical issues” presented by the coronavirus pandemic, saying, “It’s been a long time since we’ve put out an album, and we want to make sure that we can make it available to everyone.”
Duran Duran bassist John Taylor today announced that he tested positive for the new coronavirus three weeks ago, and has since recovered from a mild case of COVID-19, an illness he described in a social media post as feeling like a “turbo-charged flu.” Read Taylor’s full statement right here.
Fire Records is delaying the release of the first new Throwing Muses album in seven years “given the situation in our industry” brought on by the coronavirus. The 10-song Sun Racket, the band’s 10th record overall, had been due out May 22 but now is scheduled to be released Sept. 4.
The House of Love’s Guy Chadwick today played a 13-song, 48-minute solo set from his home in Sussex, England, that was broadcast “live from isolation” via Facebook, a way to reach out to fans as the band is now sidelined like so much else in this world by the coronavirus. Watch it right here.
The Jesus and Mary Chain have begun rescheduling their canceled tour during which they were to perform 1987’s Darklands in full, announcing a trio of new U.K. dates in February 2021 and telling fans they are working hard to rebook a slate of European shows as well. Check out the new dates here.