POST MALONE PULLS OFF 15-SONG NIRVANA TRIBUTE, RAISES NEARLY $3 MILLION – (04/27/2020)
Rapper Post Malone, a huge Nirvana fan, pulled off a livestream tribute concert to the band on his YouTube channel Friday night (April 24th), performing a 75-minute set that included almost the entire Nevermind album — except for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Polly” — plus three cuts from In Utero and two from Nirvana’s first full-length LP, Bleach.
Backing Post during the performance were Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, along with guitarist Nick Mack and bassist Brian Lee. The concert doubled as a fundraiser for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Fund and at press time, had raised nearly $3 million. Google was matching the amount raised up to $5 million.
Notable supporters of the tribute set included Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, who posted on Instagram about the event, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who issued a stream of positive and enthusiastic tweets throughout the show. At press time, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had yet to comment.
Malone also mentioned that he is working on a new album, and is “trying to put it out as soon as I f**king can.” His latest record, Hollywood’s Bleeding, was released last fall.
Story source: The PRP
BILLIE EILISH PERFORMED A 50-MINUTE CONCERT FROM HOME – (04/27/2020)
Billie Eilish and her older brother Finneas did a 50-minute concert from their home for the Verizon Pay It Forward Live series to show their support for America’s small businesses.
Eilish kicked off her performance with her 2019 single “All the Good Girls Go to Hell,” clarifying beforehand that [“as much as people wanna believe that this song is about me being a devil worshiper and being Satan, it’s not about that. It’s about global warming and we wrote it about 3 years ago.”]
Before delivering an early rendition of “Ilomilo,” she said, “It’s about losing somebody, or being afraid of losing somebody and it kind of being inevitable. The feeling of losing anything, even like your keys or your phone, it feels horrible and terrifying. Especially when you lose a person, it’s a horrible feeling, so it’s the feeling of being afraid and it happening anyway.”
Finneas also performed three of his own songs: “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night,” “I Don’t Miss You At All,” and “Break My Heart Again.”
During the concert, they highlighted some of the small businesses that are important to them. #PayItForwardLIVE is a weekly livestream starring the biggest names in entertainment supporting small businesses.
“Small businesses are a crucial part of our community, and it is so important that we support them during this crisis,” said Eilish. “I am honored to be able to call attention to these local businesses, who have made an impact on my life, and are trying to make the world a better place.”
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THE JONAS BROTHERS CRASH ZOOM CALLS WITH FANS WHO WATCHED ‘HAPPINESS CONTINUES’: The Jonas Brothers gave some fans the surprise of their lives when they popped into some Zoom calls with their fans. Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, along with his daughter Alena, surprised fans on their Zoom chats with friends while they were streaming their new movie, Happiness Continues. “That was so much fun getting to surprise you guys Face with tears of joy Thanks for having us on your Zooms!!” the band wrote after crashing some chats. “Hope you all have an amazing rest of your Friday night and enjoy #HappinessContinues. Love you guys!! #JonasWatchParty.”
ARIANA GRANDE, JUSTIN BIEBER, BILLIE EILISH RELEASE FACE MASKS FOR CHARITY: Universal Music Group artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, The Rolling Stones and more released reusable cloth face masks as part of the company’s “We’ve Got You Covered” initiative. The masks are priced at $15 each and all net proceeds benefit MusiCares, which is working to support the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Grande’s mask features a single tear drop reminiscent of her “No Tears Left to Cry” merch, while Eilish’s offering includes her “Blohsh” logo in neon green.
TOM HANKS, RITA WILSON DONATE BLOOD FOR COVID RESEARCH: Now that they are on the road to recovery from coronavirus, Tom Hanks says that he and his wife Rita Wilson will be donating their blood to help researchers develop a vaccine.
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