Cyndi Lauper shares rerecorded version of abortion rights song ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ in wake of Roe v. Wade reversal

Cyndi Lauper has shared a rerecorded version of her 1993 abortion rights anthem ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.

In a series of tweets that accompanied the new, more stripped-back and plaintive version of ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ on June 25, Lauper wrote, “In my childhood, women didn’t have reproductive freedom and 50 years later we find ourselves in a time warp where one’s freedom to control their own body has been stripped away.”

She continued, “When I wrote this song with Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1991, we wrote about two little girls who dreamt of stretching their wings like the pigeons they watched that flew above them.

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“They dreamt of being free. But freedom then for women and unfortunately now comes at a big price. If we don’t have control over our own bodies then we have no real freedom. We are second class citizens. We need to mobilize. We need to let our voices be heard.”

‘Sally’s Pigeons’ was famously inspired by a childhood friend of Lauper’s who had gotten pregnant in her teens and sought a back-alley abortion. Lauper’s friend died as a result, and Lauper has since made her pro-choice stance clear, even attending a Planned Parenthood Bans Off Our Bodies march in New York City earlier this year in May.

Listen to the ‘Redux 2022’ version of ‘Sally’s Pigeons’ below.

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Notable figures in the music industry have expressed their outrage on social media following the announcement of the reversal, including Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Charli XCX, Phoebe Bridgers and more. “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are,” Swift wrote, “that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Bridgers and Janelle Monáe both addressed the US Supreme Court in their recent respective appearances at Glastonbury Festival and the BET Awards 2022 with short but similar messages of: “Fuck the Supreme Court!”

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In May, Halsey aired a video of protest footage and facts about abortion statistics during her ‘Love And Power’ tour opener and joined the likes of Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and Bridgers in signing a letter denouncing the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that preceded the reversal.

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L.A. Guns guitarist plays entire concert from bathroom backstage due to panic disorder

Guitarist Tracii Guns of glam metal band L.A. Guns was forced to play the band’s set in Piano, Texas from a backstage bathroom due to a panic disorder.

“A lot of people know I have a panic disorder,” he wrote on his Facebook Page ahead of the concert on June 24, explaining, “While I have it 95 percent under control, Heat is the remaining trigger and I simply cannot play in the heat. BUT!!! We have found a solution for today’s show I will be playing in a comfy bathroom directly behind the stage where there is air conditioning.”

“I will do an Instagram live stream during the set if y’all really need to watch me play. I apologize for my crazy brain.”

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The band’s technicians set up Guns’ audio equipment in the backstage bathroom, and L.A. Guns proceeded to complete their show with their guitarist’s audio piped directly from the bathroom. Guns did make an appearance after the show to throw picks into the crowd, having successfully avoided any potential disaster.

Watch Guns’ unusual bathroom performance in clips he shared below.

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The band are currently on the road for the Sonic Slam tour with Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and Faster Pussycat. No further complications have been reported from their ensuing tour dates, which will take them across North America over the next several months before the tour concludes on New Year’s Eve.

Tracii Guns was part of an early iteration of Guns N’ Roses that was created when L.A. Guns merged with fellow Los Angeles band Hollywood Rose. The band was active for a short time in 1985 before Slash took Guns’ place as the band’s guitarist, leading to Guns’ split from the group and his reestablishing of L.A. Guns.

The band have released a total of 11 studio albums, with their most recent release coming in the form of 2021’s ‘Checkered Past’.

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Watch Phoebe Bridgers join The Jesus and Mary Chain for ‘Just Like Honey’ at Glastonbury

Phoebe Bridgers joined The Jesus and Mary Chain onstage to perform ‘Just Like Honey’ during the band’s Friday (June 24) set at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Bridgers, who played her own Glasto set right before JAMC at the John Peel Stage, supplied backing vocals for the rock legends, letting singer Jim Reid lead the performance. The appreciative crowd allowed the song to play almost uninterrupted before applauding the band and Bridgers as Reid thanked her at the end of the song.

Watch Bridgers join The Jesus And Mary Chain to perform ‘Just Like Honey’ below.

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Bridgers made headlines for her maiden Glastonbury set, where she denounced the recent decision of the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 case that made abortion legal on a federal level. The decision was officially made on June 24, meaning US states can set their own laws regarding the legality of abortions. 23 states are expected to make abortion illegal, Politico reports.

“This is my first time here and, honestly, it’s super surreal and fun, but I’m having the shittiest day,” Bridgers told the Glastonbury audience on June 24, before asking Americans in the crowd to chant, “Fuck the Supreme Court!”

Following the chant, Bridgers continued: “Fuck that shit. Fuck America. Like, fuck you. All these irrelevant, old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies… Ugh. I don’t know, fuck it, whatever.”

Friday at Glastonbury saw a headline set by Billie Eilish at the Pyramid Stage, as well as other noteworthy performances by Sam Fender, IDLES, St. Vincent, Little Simz, Foals and more.

Catch up on everything Glastonbury 2022 here at NME.

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Watch Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen join Paul McCartney on stage at Glastonbury 2022

Paul McCartney ended the second main day of Glastonbury 2022 by headlining the Pyramid Stage (June 25), ending his set by inviting both Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen on stage. Check out footage and the setlist below.

The legend took to the stage after Noel Gallagher tonight, performing a stellar set of classics from throughout his colourful career – including solo staples alongside many numbers from his time with The Beatles and Wings.

After playing ‘Get Back’ by the Fab Four, McCartney beckoned the Foo Fighters frontman on stage.

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“Now, I’ve got a little surprise for you,” teased McCartney, before inviting “your hero from the west coast of America – Dave Grohl!”

After some light banter of Paul offering, “Hi Dave,” before Grohl replied, “Hi Paul. How are you?” the pair then tore into The Beatles’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and Wings’ ‘Band On The Run’.

“This guy flew in especially to do this,” Macca then jovially told the crowd, revealing how Grohl overcame flight cancellations from Los Angeles. This moment also marked the first time that Grohl had appeared on stage since the death of his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins in March.

When the crowd thought that the surprises were over, McCartney told the crowd: “We’ve got another surprise for you”, teasing another guest “from the East Coast Of America”.

Then, to the awe of the thousands in attendance, Springsteen took to the stage to a rapturous response to perform his own ‘Glory Days’ and The Beatles’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. This comes after the pair did the same in New York earlier this month.

“Are you kidding?” joked McCartney after turning to Springsteen. “Thank you for coming, man.”

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After a virtual duet with John Lennon, McCartney and band then welcomed Grohl and Springsteen back to close the set.

Paul McCartney played:

‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Junior’s Farm’
‘Letting Go’
‘Got to Get You Into My Life’
‘Come On to Me’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘Getting Better’
‘Let ‘Em In’
‘My Valentine’
‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five’
‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’
‘Love Me Do’
‘Dance Tonight’
‘Blackbird’
‘Here Today’
‘New’
‘Lady Madonna’
‘Fuh You’
‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’
‘Something’
‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’
‘You Never Give Me Your Money’
‘She Came in Through the Bathroom Window’
‘Get Back’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’ (with Dave Grohl)
‘Band on the Run’ (with Dave Grohl)
‘Glory Days’ (Bruce Springsteen cover with Bruce Springsteen)
‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ (with Bruce Springsteen)
‘Let It Be’
‘I’ve Got a Feeling’
‘Helter Skelter’
‘Golden Slumbers’
‘Carry That Weight’
‘The End’

Come back to NME.com soon for the full review of Paul McCartney

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Neil Young to immortalise 2019 tour on ‘Noise & Flowers’ live album and film

Neil Young has announced his plans to release ‘Noise & Flowers’, a live album and film compiled from material recorded during his most recent tour of Europe and the UK.

Young embarked on the nine-date run with Promise Of The Real as his backing band, taking in four shows in Germany – as well as one each in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Ireland – across July of 2019. The album and film will feature recordings from all of the shows; the CD and two-disc vinyl release will sport 14 tracks, but it’s unclear if the film (which was co-directed by Bernard Shakey and DH Lovelife) contains the same content.

Both iterations of the release will land on August 5 via Warner Records, with pre-orders available here. The first preview of the release – Young and the Real’s performance of ‘From Hank To Hendrix’ – was shared alongside the announcement. Have a look at that below:

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The tour that ‘Noise & Flowers’ chronicles took place shortly after the death of Young’s longtime manager, Elliot Roberts. In a new blog post, Young explained that he and his wife were en route to the airport – where they would fly to Europe ahead of the tour’s start – when he learned of Roberts’ passing. They returned home for his funeral, but powered on with the tour nonetheless.

“During the tour,” Young wrote, “we had a poster of Elliot on a road case, right where he always stood during all shows. Everyone who was with us felt that this tour was amazing for its great vibe. The Real and I delivered for Elliot.”

In the liner notes for ‘Noise & Flowers’ (per American Songwriter), Young further expounded: “Playing in his memory [made it] one of the most special tours ever. We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend, Elliot.”

Check out the cover art and tracklisting for ‘Noise & Flowers’ below:

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1. ‘Mr. Soul’
2. ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’
3. ‘Helpless’
4. ‘Field Of Opportunity’
5. ‘Alabama’
6. ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’
7. ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’
8. ‘Comes A Time’
9. ‘From Hank to Hendrix’
10. ‘On The Beach’
11. ‘Are You Ready For The Country’
12. ‘I’ve Been Waiting For You’
13. ‘Winterlong’
14. ‘F***in’ Up’

Before dropping ‘Noise & Flowers’, Young will release ‘Toast’, a previously shelved album he recorded with Crazy Horse back in 2001. Described by Young as “heavy and distressed [and] brimming with electrifying tension”, that album – named for the San Francisco studio in which it was minted – will be released on July 8 via Reprise.

According to Young, ‘Toast’ is “an album that stands on its own in [his] collection”. He cited the record’s melancholic tone as a reason why it never left the studio, explaining in another blog post: “Unlike any other, ‘Toast’ was so sad that I couldn’t put it out. I just skipped it and went on to do another album in its place. I couldn’t handle it at that time. 2001.”

Both the release of ‘Toast’ and ‘Noise & Flowers’ come amid Young’s ongoing series of archival reissues. In April, he released the ‘Official Release Series Volume 4’ box set, comprising three classic albums from the 1980s – one of his own, and two collaborative efforts – as well as a rare EP that was only ever sold in Australia and Japan.

His most recent album was another effort with Crazy Horse, ‘Barn’, which landed last December. NME gave it a four-star review, with Rhys Buchanan writing: “Raw and rugged at every turn, the album captures the telepathic bond that these rock’n’roll renegades have cultivated over the years.”

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