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Decatur Alabama City Council Passes Mask Ordinance

Decatur City Council has passed a mask ordinance at a special called city council meeting.

The vote passed 3-2.

An ordinance would make wearing a mask the law and anyone not wearing a mask could be fined.


First Trailer For The Go-Go’s Documentary Unveiled

Showtime has released the first trailer for a documentary about all-girl rock band The Go-Go’s.

The documentary chronicles the band’s growth from a group performing at local dive bars to one that performed at the iconic Madison Square Garden within a year of their debut.

Original members Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin feature in the doc.

“We didn’t communicate,” says Carlisle in the trailer about challenges they faced as a group. “And when we did communicate, we didn’t do it in a respectful way.”

“We were pretty crappy in the beginning,” lead guitarist Caffey says. “But we had these songs that were just coming together.”

Alison Ellwood, who previously directed History of the Eagles and Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, directed the documentary.

“I’ve always been a huge Go-Go’s fan,” Ellwood said in a press release. “When the band asked me to direct this film, I was thrilled. Like a lot of people, I thought of them as this wonderful, bubbly, all-girl pop band from L.A. What I’ve discovered is a much more complex and deeper truth.”


Mandatory mask order begins for all of Madison County at 5 p.m. Tuesday 7/7/2020

Madison County Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers has issued a health order requiring most people to wear face coverings in public places in Madison County to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The order takes effect on July 7 at 5 p.m.

“We need to do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “Until we have a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, wearing a face covering in public is a key measure we have available to prevent transmission of the virus.”

This health order has the unanimous support of the Madison County Board of Health, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, and County Commission Chair Dale Strong.

“This is a simple math problem,” said Mayor Battle. “Since June 16, the number of positive cases in Madison County has tripled, and the number of hospitalizations has increased 660 percent. We need to take precautionary measures, such as wearing face covers, distancing 6 feet, and handwashing to provide a safe environment for our citizens.” ​​Finley said, “Since day one we as elected officials have said we would work to find the balance of personal versus economic health. While personal responsibility is still paramount, our dramatic rising numbers dictate this step be taken to continue to support all citizens’ safety.”

A face covering is defined as a device to cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of saliva or other fluids during speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other intentional or involuntary action. Medical-grade masks are not required. Coverings may be made from scarves, bandanas, or other fabrics.

COVID-19 infection is usually spread to others through a respiratory route, and this can occur without symptoms. Studies illustrate how COVID-19 can be spread through speaking, coughing, and sneezing–including by asymptomatic people. Face coverings create a barrier between a person’s face and the air around him or her. Face coverings prevent people from spreading respiratory droplets and can prevent them from acquiring the virus from others.

Face coverings are required in the following Madison County locations:

  • Indoor spaces of businesses or venues open to the public, including stores, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, public meeting spaces, or government buildings.
  • Transportation services available to the public, including mass transit, paratransit, taxi, or ride-sharing services.
  • Outdoor areas open to the public where 10 or more persons are gathered and where people are unable to maintain a distance of 6 or more feet between persons not from the same household.

Exceptions to wearing face coverings or masks include:

  • Children age 2 and under.
  • Persons while eating or drinking.
  • Patients in examination rooms of medical offices, dental offices, clinics or hospitals where there examination of the mouth or nasal area is necessary.
  • Customers receiving hair care services, temporary removal of face coverings when needed to provide hair care.
  • Occasions when wearing a face covering poses a significant mental or physical health, safety or security risk. These include worksite risks.
  • Although not mandated, face coverings are strongly recommended for congregants at worship services and for situations where people from different households are unable to or unlikely to maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other.
  • When effective communication is needed for hearing-impaired persons and those speaking to a large group of people, provided the speaker can stay at least 6 feet away from other persons.
  • Indoor athletic facilities. Patrons are not required to wear face coverings while actively participating in permitted athletic activities, but employees in regular interaction with patrons are required to wear face coverings or masks.
  • Private clubs and gatherings not open to the public and where a consistent 6-foot distance between persons from different households is maintained.

Parents, guardians and caregivers must ensure the proper masking of children over age 2 in public places, ensure face coverings do not pose a choking hazard for children and can be worn safely without obstructing a child’s ability to breathe. Childcare establishments and schools are to develop their face covering policies and procedures.

All businesses and venues open to the public must provide a notice stating that face coverings are required inside the establishment. Signage is required at all public entrances

Dr. Harris said, “Wearing a face covering can help keep family, co-workers, and community safe. This is the simplest act of kindness you can take for yourself, your family and your community, especially for those who are at high risk of contracting the virus.”

The Alabama Department of Public Health advises these actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Monitor your health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides instructions about the use of face coverings at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.

Pearl Jam Pay Tribute To Fans Killed During 2000 Roskilde Festival

Pearl Jam recently paid tribute to the nine fans killed during the 2000 Roskilde Festival.

June 30 marked the 20-year anniversary of the tragedy, when nine young men, aged between 17 and 26, were killed in a stampede during Pearl Jam’s set at the Danish festival.

In a statement released on their website, the band admitted that “nothing has been the same since.”

“The nine young men who were trampled. The lives of their families and loved ones who had to endure imagining their deaths over and over and the reality of never seeing them again. Every person at the festival who witnessed what was happening and tried to do something, maybe pulling someone up, or not being able to.” the band wrote.

They added, “And those, like our band, who never realised anything was going on at all until it was too late. All of us forever waiting for the news to be different.”

The band also shared a video clip on Instagram featuring nine flames set to a black background, along with a live snippet from “Love Boat Captain,” a 2002 song which references the tragedy.

Pearl Jam Deliver First Live Performance Of ‘Dance Of The Clairvoyants’

Pearl Jam performed their Gigaton track “Dance of the Clairvoyants” live for the first time during the All in WA COVID-19 relief concert last Wednesday (June 24).

It was also Pearl Jam’s first live performance in about two years.

The members of the band performed from their respective homes. Guitarist Stone Gossard played bass, while bassist Jeff Ament played guitar and keyboards. Matt Cameron and Mike McCready turned in with their usual instruments, playing the drums and guitar, respectively.

Eddie Vedder was there, along with his daughters and wife, creating a club atmosphere that went well with the song and the dance movements.

The performance also featured former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who was due to support the band on their international tour this year.

The All in WA fundraiser also featured appearances from several other artists, including Sleater-Kinney, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ben Gibbard, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile and Ciara.

Funds raised will benefit a variety of organizations helping workers, families and communities hit hardest by COVID-19 throughout Washington state.

Ed Sheeran Named The U.K.’s Most Played Artist Of 2019

PPL UK has revealed that Ed Sheeran was the most-played-artist of the year 2019.

It is now for the fourth time that the singer has achieved this remarkable feat in the past five years alone, with Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Jess Glynne, and Little Mix being the only other musical acts to be featured in the top 10 spots of the list for a total of four times.

“British music was particularly popular, with Ed Sheeran maintaining his popularity while acts such as Tom Walker and Mabel established themselves on the airwaves,” shared Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer, PPL.

He added, “Congratulations to all those featured in our charts as well as the music businesses that invest in and support their success.”

Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man‘s collaborative track, “Giant” has been listed as the song to have received the most number of plays over the year, with the former also being the second-most played artist of the country.

Matchbox Twenty Announce Rescheduled Dates For Summer Tour

Matchbox Twenty have announced the rescheduled dates for the band’s summer tour.

Produced by Live Nation, the highly anticipated tour will now kick-off on July 16, 2021, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and will wrap-up on October 7 at the Hollywood Bowl.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new concert dates, the rock band said in a statement. Ticket holders who cannot attend the newly announced shows can request a refund. The tour was originally scheduled to begin this July.

2021 summer tour dates:

July 16 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

July 17 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 18 — Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

July 20 — Bethlehem, PA @ Wind Creek Event Center

July 22 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

July 23 — Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

July 25 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 27 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 28 — Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

July 30 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 31 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Aug. 1 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

Aug. 3 — Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Aug. 4 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

Aug. 6 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

Aug. 7 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

Aug. 8 — Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place

Aug. 10 — Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheater

Aug. 12 — Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

Aug. 13 — Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Aug. 15 — Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amp

Aug. 16 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater *

Aug. 18 — Moline, IL @ TaxSlayer Center

Aug. 20 — Memphis, TN @ Live at the Garden

Aug. 21 — St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis

Aug. 22 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

Aug. 24 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

Aug. 25 — Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

Aug. 27 — Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago

Aug. 28 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center

Aug. 29 — Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

Aug. 31 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

Sept. 1 — Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park

Sept. 3 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sept. 4 — Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater

Sept. 5 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

Sept. 8 — Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Sept. 9 — Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center Omaha

Sept. 10 — Welch, MN @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino +

Sept. 12 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Sept. 14 — Nampa (Boise), ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

Sept. 18 — Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

Sept. 21 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

Sept. 22 — Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

Sept. 23 — Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Sept. 25 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sept. 26 — Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center

Sept. 28 — Bakersfield, CA @ Mechanics Bank Arena

Sept. 30 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU

Oct. 3 — Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheatre

Oct. 5 — Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Oct. 7 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Paul McCartney Plays Trumpet On ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ With Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, And More!

Paul McCartney played trumpet on “When the Saints Go Marching In,” teaming up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, during the finale of the fundraising broadcast, dubbed “Round Midnight Preserves.”

McCartney reportedly began learning to play the trumpet after he was given one for his 14th birthday. In the book “The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years,” Perez Benitez notes, “Although he could eventually play a C-major scale, ‘The Saints Go Marching In’ and a few other things on the trumpet, McCartney quickly realized that it was going to be difficult for him to both sing and play a trumpet at the same time. Accordingly, with his father’s permission, he traded in the first instrument he ever owned for that Zenith acoustic guitar.”

Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Jim James, Irma Thomas and Nataniel Rateliff were among the other artists who took part in the four-hour show hosted by Preservation Hall Jazz Band creative director Ben Jaffe.

The funds raised will benefit needy musicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Check out the video here!


Darius Rucker Reveals Collab With Lady A Coming This Summer

Darius Rucker revealed in a recent interview that a new song, in collaboration with Lady A, will be released this summer.

“I have a new single coming out this summer with Lady A. I’m really excited and can’t wait for people to hear it,” the Hootie & the Blowfish singer said in a Grand Ole Opry interview.

“It’s a lot of fun,” according to the Opry member and Grammy award-winner.

When asked how he stayed busy during the last few months of quarantine, Rucker replied, “Mostly doing a lot of songwriting, actually tons of writing – being around the house, doing stuff around the house that I never get time for. And playing golf when the course is open”.

Rucker described his experience during the lockdown as “crazy and tough.” He said he missed playing music a lot.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time and getting closer with the kids. I haven’t been home this long since I was in college,” he added.

The rapid-fire question round was followed by a special live show on Circle TV with Clint Black and host Bobby Bones.

Country trio Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A earlier this month, evoking protest from a blues singer also named Lady A.

Rascal Flatts To Release New EP ‘How They Remember You’ In July

Country group Rascal Flatts have announced the release date of their forthcoming EP, How They Remember You.

Due out on July 31, the 7-track collection will include 6 previously unreleased songs, as well as the group’s rendition of the Kenny Rogers song, “Through The Years.”

“We are so excited about our new EP and single, ‘How They Remember You,’” shared vocalist Gary LeVox. “It’s a song about what kind of impact and legacy you want to leave in life. It’s a fantastic song to celebrate 20 years of making music together.”

“It’s an incredible message with a melody to match and we hope the fans love it, and that whatever legacy we all leave behind, it’s beautifully impactful,” he added.

Earlier this week, the group debuted the title track of the collection at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of TODAY’s Citi Music Series.

How They Remember You tracklist:

1. How They Remember You2. Feel It In The Morning3. Quick, Fast, In A Hurry (featuring Rachel Wammack)4. Looking Back5. Warmer6. Sip Away7. Through The Years

The EP is available for pre-order now.