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Why Iration’s new album, ‘Coastin” is just right for staying home during the coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down live concert events and people began quarantining at home, the Santa Barbara-based reggae-rock band Iration contemplated whether or not to release its new music. The bulk of its seventh studio album, “Coastin’,” which was recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, was in the can by mid-spring. After a few weeks of serious deliberation, the band decided to go ahead with its July 10 release. “The first songs we put out were ‘Coastin” and ‘Right Here Right No...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Brown, City National Grove, Louise Goffin, Common Kings, Eli Mac


When the coronavirus shut down live events, Insomniac took their festivals virtual

As the number of positive novel coronavirus cases rose in the U.S. in early March, there was confusion and hesitation by many large-scale event production companies over whether to cancel, postpone or reschedule their concerts and festivals. Insomniac, a Beverly Hills-based EDM live events company, was all set for its annual two-day Beyond Wonderland festival at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino March 20-21. However, coronavirus was officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health ...
Tags: Music, New York, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Arizona, Beverly Hills, World Health Organization, Music Festivals, Las Vegas, Concerts, Edm, San Bernardino, Thon


5 powerful performances from the 20th annual BET Awards

For two decades, the BET Network has celebrated Black culture with its annual awards ceremony. While the event usually takes place inside Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles, Sunday’s awards ceremony was carried out virtually due to the continued spread of coronavirus. Not only was BET commemorating the 20th anniversary of its awards show, but 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the BET Network itself. Inglewood-born actress and comedian Amanda Seales hosted the broadcast from ...
Tags: Music, Texas, Microsoft, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gigi, Alicia Keys, Nba, Lebron James, Ferguson Missouri, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Black Lives Matter, Richard, Bet


Call him ‘El Roth’: Van Halen legend David Lee Roth says he’s changed his name

David Lee Roth has changed his name. The former Van Halen front man now wants to be called “David L. Roth” or “El Roth.” The change was inspired by the current movement in the music industry to disown words having to do with the slavery that existed in the South — which comes in response to the Black Lives Matter protests that rose up after the death of George Floyd. Roth made the announcement via social media, posting a piece of artwork he’d created, showing a giant frog by a tiny human, with t...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Celebrities, News, Cdc, La, Sport, Dave, David, Soccer, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, South, Bay Area, Van Halen, Ron Jeremy


The BET Awards celebrate 20th anniversary amid pandemic and protests against systemic racism

Back in April, BET Networks’ president Scott Mills and the producers of the annual BET Awards recognized they’d have to cancel its popular four-day BET Experience and free fan fest at L.A. Live due to the continued spread of coronavirus, but they were adamant that the actual awards ceremony would be presented in some capacity. The crew swiftly pivoted the BET Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, to a virtual broadcast without a live audience. The show will be hosted by comedi...
Tags: Music, TV, Beyonce, Microsoft, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alicia Keys, Cbs, Jamie Foxx, Drake, Missy Elliot, Kansas City Chiefs, Angela Bassett


Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison announce new dates for The Stadium Tour

Less than a month after announcing the postponement of The Stadium Tour due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have announced new dates for 2021. The tour kicks off on June 19 in Nashville, Tenn., and concludes on Sept. 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. The Stadium Tour will also stop at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sept. 4. “All tickets will be honored for the new dates,” a statement posted to Mötley Crüe’s social media pages on ...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Queens, San Diego, Concerts, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Inglewood, Joan Jett, Nashville Tenn, Kenny Chesney, Petco Park, Blackhearts


Tommy Lee talks Tik Tok fame, new music and Mötley Crüe’s postponed comeback

After Mötley Crüe agreed to permanently retire following a farewell tour in 2015, Tommy Lee promised himself he’d take a full year off. He’d spent more than three decades playing and partying hard on tour with bandmates bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars, so spending time at home with family and friends sounded like a good deal. He nearly made it, but his basement recording studio ultimately beckoned him and before he knew it he was deep into making an eclectic mix o...
Tags: Music, London, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, John, Marilyn Manson, Bay Area, Southern California, Concerts, Trump, Motley Crue, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars


Miss concerts? Drive-in shows with major acts are coming to Southern California starting July 4th

Back in May, in an op-ed piece in The Atlantic by Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters’ frontman said that although the coronavirus global pandemic had put the music industry and live events on pause, there would be a time when we all could rock again. “Because we have to,” he said. “It’s not a choice.” As the state begins to open back up, promoters and bands are coming up with clever ways to bring live music back to the masses. A trio of promoters including Jon Reiser of Garden Amp in Garden Grove, fes...
Tags: Music, US, Sport, Things To Do, Atlantic, Soccer, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl, Southern California, Concerts, Los Lobos, Fontana, East Los Angeles, Silverado, Bonnie Pointer, Waylon Jennings


Henry Rollins talks KCRW radio show, playing bad guys, and his favorite vampire and Wolfman

Henry Rollins is one of the nicest guys ever to be typecast as the bad guy. And that’s just fine, says the punk rock renaissance man whose CV includes everything from fronting the Rollins Band — and before that, Black Flag — to author, spoken-word performer, radio show host and movie villain. “With full honestly, I’m just glad for the work,” says Rollins, whose new movie “Dreamland” arrived this week. “Because I’ve not been to acting class. I don’t have a natural thing with acting. Lion cu...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, London, Movies, Australia, Los Angeles, Sport, Juliette Lewis, Uganda, Things To Do, Soccer, Antarctica, Henry Rollins, Laurie Anderson, Gypsy


Author Jim Ruland’s ‘Do What You Want’ offers all-access look at punk band Bad Religion

Author Jim Ruland is fascinated by the history of punk rock in Southern California. The area is the birthplace of noteworthy acts including X, Minutemen, Descendents, Social Distortion, Adolescents, The Germs, The Vandals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. “The story of Southern California punk rock and the way that it took hold here in ways that it maybe didn’t in other places like New York or London that have more infamous scenes … it’s interesting,” Ruland said during a recent phone ...
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Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin talks about the band’s 40 years of punk rock

This was set to be a big year for Bad Religion. The San Fernando Valley-based punk rock band had plans to commemorate its 40th anniversary, but the coronavirus global pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 global jaunt. As well, this year marks anniversaries for three of Bad Religion’s biggest albums: Its 1990 album “Against the Grain” turns 30, 2000’s “The New America” turns 20 and 2010’s “The Dissent of Man” celebrates its 10th anniversary. “We’ve always done something important in the y...
Tags: Music, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Jesus, Elvis Costello, Cornell University, Ucla, Epitaph Records, Concerts, Todd Rundgren, Peter, Greg


The Greek Theatre cancels concert season for the first time in 90 years due to coronavirus

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles announced this week that it has officially been forced by the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic to cancel the remainder of its 2020 concert season. “Although we had hoped to celebrate our 90th anniversary season of providing live entertainment for the citizens of Los Angeles we feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” AP Diaz...
Tags: Music, Norah Jones, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Deftones, Carson, Joe Bonamassa, Andrew McMahon, Maren Morris, Sammy Hagar


Green Day reschedules its Hella Mega Tour to 2021 due to coronavirus

Although tours and festivals have been canceled left and right due to the continued global spread of novel coronavirus, rock fans were holding out hope that somehow, someway, Green Day would be able to pull off the U.S. dates of its Hella Mega Tour. Sadly, the East Bay trio officially pulled the plug on the summer 2020 trek, which was originally scheduled to play out in stadiums across the U.S. with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and The Interrupters including Petco Park in San Diego on July 24 and Dodger...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, San Diego, East Bay, Concerts, Weezer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Hollywood Park, Petco Park, KROQ, Dodger Stadium, Tre Cool


‘American Idol’ crowns Just Sam the winner during finale

Just Sam (Samantha Diaz) is officially 2020’s “American Idol” winner. The 21-year-old Harlem native was crowned during the virtual season finale on ABC Sunday, May 17. Local favorite Jonny West from Murrieta, who was the last Southern California performer, made it to the Top 5. Due to the spread of novel coronavirus, “American Idol” fans were given a strange, shortened season. The show pivoted to remote performances from contestants and at-home judging from Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Rich...
Tags: Music, Abc, California, Disney, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Nepal, Alaska, Hawaii, Long Beach, Mark Ronson, Kansas


What do the Houseparty app, Katy Perry and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have in common?

Houseparty, a face-to-face social networking app, is throwing a three-day In The House virtual event May 15-17 with a variety of video content coming from over 40 musicians, celebrities, chefs and pro athletes. Fans can download the Houseparty app for free to tune into the In The House videos, which include everything from cooking demos and workouts to musical performances and dance parties. Oh, and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar will reprise her role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and share her #qu...
Tags: Music, Football, NFL, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Katy Perry, House, Alicia Keys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Snoop Dogg, Concerts


Insomniac announces EDC Las Vegas Virtual Rave-A-Thon livestream

After postponing its annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas to Oct. 2-4, event promoter Insomniac has announced it will host an EDC Virtual Rave-A-Thon on the originally scheduled concert dates, May 15-17. The livestream event will take place from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. each evening and include a massive line-up of EDM artists, several of which were scheduled to perform during the live event, including David Guetta, Duke Dumont, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Zhu, K?D and many more. It will all be hosted by...
Tags: Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Richard, Edc, Concerts, Thon, Insomniac, Rotella, Pasquale Rotella, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Sun


These 3 Southern California performers made the ‘American Idol’ Top 11

“American Idol” revealed the results of its viewer votes on Sunday as the Top 20 was cut to just 11 singers – including three from Southern California. Sophia James — the recently adopted stage name of Sophia Wackerman, a 20-year-old from Long Beach — and Jonny West, 23, of Murrieta both earned enough votes after their performances on April 26 to advance to the Top 10. Three more Southern Californians — including Makayla Phillips, 17, of Temecula; Nick Merico, 24, of Woodland Hills; and Olivia X...
Tags: Music, TV, Abc, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, American Idol, James, Southern California, Luke Bryan, Pomona, Miranda Lambert, Phillips


Bored, hankering for music? Online sessions bring guitar lessons home

There are plenty of things you can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic but taking guitar lessons isn’t one of them. Guitar Center and its sister brand Music & Arts pivoted early during the health crisis to offer live, online lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice. Using ZOOM technology via a secured link, the one-on-one sessions are conducted from teachers’ homes and don’t require students to download an app. “Many of our instructors have multi-camera home studios, while others employ...
Tags: Business, Music, News, California, US, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Local News, Guitar Center, Bakersfield, Irvine, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


And the bands played on: Musicians connect with fans in new ways

As music consumers gravitated toward listening to their favorite tunes via streaming services instead of buying CDs and albums, recording artists have increasingly relied more on touring income than ever before. But after non-essential businesses, including concert venues, were recently ordered to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, musicians had to suddenly find different ways to reach their fans. Social media already saw artists interacting with their followers to varying degrees. Now, musi...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Ryan Seacrest, Spain, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Rick Springfield, Robbie Williams, Inglewood, House of Blues Anaheim, Andrew McMahon, Sammy Hagar, Redlands


Music industry, lawmakers, unions agree on revamp to AB5

California’s music industry has reached a hard-fought agreement with state lawmakers and unions on Assembly Bill 5 amendments that will again allow most professionals to operate as independent contractors. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, authored AB5 with the backing of union interests. The bill was designed to protect workers’ rights by changing their status from independent contractors to employees, which affords them benefits and protections they otherwise wouldn’t have. But the l...
Tags: Business, Music, News, California, Senate, Legislation, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, San Diego, Local News, Teamsters, Legislature, Assembly, Gonzalez, Whittier


Taylor Swift cancels tour dates and plans to open new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood

Taylor Swift was scheduled to be the first act ever to perform at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood with her Lover Fest West shows on July 25 and 26. However, due to the ongoing spread and concerns over coronavirus, Swift announced via Twitter on Friday that she’d be canceling her shows with hopes of rescheduling sometime in 2021. “I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year,” she wrote on Twitter. “But I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. ...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Taylor Swift, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Brazil, Swift, Concerts, Inglewood, Gillette Stadium, Sammy Hagar, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


After losing wife in helicopter crash, Tijuana Dogs’ Matt Mauser celebrates her life with music

At a time when the world is sheltering at home and isolating from one another, Matt Mauser felt the need for connection now more than ever. In January, his wife Christina Mauser, a 38-year-old girl’s youth basketball assistant coach, died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that also took the lives of eight others including former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Now, like the rest of Southern California, Mauser finds himself social distancing and taking on the role of...
Tags: Facebook, Music, New York, Youtube, Boston, Los Angeles, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Nba, Dreamworks, Coachella, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson


Social Distortion releases ‘Social Distancing’ shirts for coronavirus relief, writes new music in quarantine

Since the state-mandated stay-at-home order issued a month ago to combat the spread of coronavirus, Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness starting seeing his band’s famous Skelly skeleton logo used along with the new, but often repeated term, “social distancing.” Skelly was depicted wearing a mask, holding a box of tissues and spraying a bottle of sanitizing solution instead of sporting his signature grin and martini glass. Though it was creative, bootleggers selling the image on merchandise were...
Tags: Europe, Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Italy, Coachella, Orange County, Concerts, Christine, United Way, Jonny


The Go-Gos’ Kathy Valentine shares her wild life in ‘All I Ever Wanted’

For Kathy Valentine, the fairy tale began on Christmas 1980. Restless that night, the 21-year-old guitarist headed down from the home in the Hollywood Hills, where she’d been staying with a friend since moving to Los Angeles from Austin, to catch a gig by rising L.A. punk act X at the Whisky A Go Go. There, a chance encounter in the bathroom with Go-Go‘s guitarist Charlotte Caffey led to an offer to fill in on bass with the then-unsigned band for a run of eight shows over four nights at the West...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, England, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, Mtv, David Bowie, Showtime, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Carlisle


Too much streaming music to choose from? Live Nation creates a one-stop hub

As the coronavirus pandemic put a swift halt to live events around the world, fans have turned to streaming in order to satisfy their urge for performed music. The thing is, there’s so much of it to choose from it can be overwhelming. Southern California events promoter Live Nation has made navigating all of the entertainment options a bit easier with the launch of its Live From Home virtual hub at livenation.com/livefromhome. Related Articles Alien Ant Farm, Riverside’s Pack...
Tags: Music, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Southern California, Concerts, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze


Dolly Parton launches bedtime story series ‘Goodnight With Dolly’

In these times of coronavirus concern, country music legend Dolly Parton is going to read us bedtime stories. Every Thursday, starting April 2, Parton will choose a children’s book from her very own Imagination Library and read it aloud from the comfort of her home in Tennessee for the “Goodnight With Dolly” series on YouTube. Each book will be chosen to be appropriate for all ages and bring comfort to families hunkering down at home and practicing social distancing amid the global coronavirus p...
Tags: Books, Music, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Tennessee, Dolly Parton, Hulu, Linda Perry, Parton, Dolly, Kenny Rogers, Imagination Library, Celeste Ng, Robert Macfarlane


Insomniac announces Countdown Virtual Rave-A-Thon music livestream

Following the success of its Beyond Wonderland Virtual Rave-A-Thon livestream that had more than 3.5 million viewers on March 20, electronic music promoter Insomniac has announced its Countdown Virtual Rave-A-Thon, which will take place from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. The virtual event will be hosted by Pasquale Rotella and feature performances by DJ Soda, Dombresky, Ekali, Flosstradamus, i_o, JVNA, K?D, Lost Kings, Mat Zo, Medasin, Peekaboo, Phantoms, Sacha Robotti,...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, Concerts, San Bernardino, Thon, Jimmy Buffett, Chino Hills, Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella, NOS Event Center, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Microsoft Theater announces new dates for shows postponed by coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles was forced to shut down and postpone or cancel all of its scheduled shows through at least the middle of May. The venue has released a list of performances it was able to reschedule and asks fans to hold on to their tickets as they’ll be valid for the new dates. The staff is still working to get as many of the shows rescheduled as possible. Related Articles Lovers and Friends festival move...
Tags: Music, Microsoft, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, Concerts, Jimmy Buffett, Downtown Los Angeles, Microsoft Theater, Chino Hills, Kenny Rogers, Jesus Adrián Romero, Ricardo Montaner, Franco Escamilla, Pancho Barraza


Snoop Dogg mourns death of former music executive shot in front of his Pomona home

Marvin Watkins parked his car in front of his home in Pomona’s Philips Ranch neighborhood after a work shift of giving rides as an Uber and Lyft driver on Monday evening. Inside waiting for him was his wife and his two adult children. As Watkins, 57, walked toward the front door of his home, a vehicle drove up near Watkins. One of the occupants aimed a gun at Watkins and fired, striking him multiple times, said Pomona police Sgt. Jamie Martinez of the department’s detective bureau. The vehicle s...
Tags: Music, News, Shooting, Sport, Soccer, Las Vegas, Homicide, Houston, Snoop Dogg, Robert Durst, Pomona, Martinez, Fontana, Watkins, Jamie Martinez, Diamond Bar


Elton John will host televised benefit concert to support medical workers amid coronavirus pandemic

While the remainder of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is on pause due to the global spread of COVID-19, Sir Elton John has announced he’ll host a televised benefit concert to support and pay tribute to medical staff in America who are on the frontlines battling coronavirus. The commercial-free hour-long special, dubbed “Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America,” will air at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) on FOX on Sunday, March 29 and will also be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stat...
Tags: Music, America, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Tim McGraw, Concerts, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB



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