The Psychedelic Furs are back out on the road right now, but without one of their longest-serving members: saxman Mars Williams, who has been sidelined by cancer.
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.
Musician and activist Amanda Palmer has just released a rush-recorded, eight-song charity album in response to the devastating Australian bushfires, and you can hear its lead-off single — a cover of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning” with vocals by Missy Higgins — right here. Full details and such.
Robert Smith is auctioning off an autographed, hand-made shirt he wore on The Cure’s Prayer Tour in 1989 in support of Disintegration and again earlier this year when the band performed that album in full on each of five nights at the Vivid Festival in Sydney, Australia. Full details right here.
R.E.M. today shared a previously unreleased song the band recorded 15 years ago at the famed Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas in an effort to help raise money for Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in those storm-ravaged islands. The track can be streamed for free or purchased for $2.
The Cure’s Robert Smith will donate one of the guitars he will play at this weekend’s Pasadena Daydream festival to be auctioned off to benefit arts and music organizations Free Arts, Inner-City Arts, Little Kids Rock, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and The Painted Turtle. Full details here.
Jeff Walls, co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for suburban Atlanta college-rock favorites Guadalcanal Diary, has spent the last month in intensive care after being diagnosed with a very rare form of pulmonary hypertension that only can be cured through a double lung transplant. Here’s how you can help.
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe this morning debuted a short, 40-second song called “Future, If Future” — featuring his vocals over minimal electronic accompaniment — ahead of this morning March For Our Lives gun-control events across the country. Hear the full song right here.
Michael Stipe will make one of his periodic returns to the concert stage this weekend when the former R.E.M. frontman performs alongside Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Talib Kweli and Flea at the Pathway to Paris climate event at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday. Full details here.
Earlier this fall, Athens, Ga.-based suicide prevention organization Nuçi’s Space launched a fundraising campaign to help save the steeple of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, famous in R.E.M. lore as the site of the first gig by Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe on April 5, 1980.
New Order returns to American soil this March to perform at the 24th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert, joining Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Joe Walsh and more at New York City’s Carnegie Hall to raise money for the nonprofit educational institution that’s dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.
While a reunion of The Replacements doesn’t seem to be in the cards, Tommy Stinson has revealed that he’s recording a track with Paul Westerberg to benefit their former bandmate Slim Dunlap — who joined the ‘Mats following the expulsion of Bob Stinson — as the guitarist recovers from a stroke he suffered in February.
A set of lyrics to ‘Disintegration’ opening track ‘Plainsong’ — handwritten and autographed by Robert Smith earlier this year — will be included in the ‘Art of the Song’ auction on Dec. 15, a fundraiser for the U.K.’s Teenage Cancer Trust.