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May 18, 2020

The Dropkick Murphys will perform live from an empty Fenway Park on May 29 at 6 p.m. EST, with special guest Bruce Springsteen joining remotely.

The band announced its free "Streaming Outta Fenway" concert on Monday. It will be livestreamed on their YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch pages, raising money for three organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, and the Boston Resiliency Fund.

This will be a "full electric" concert, the band said, with Springsteen joining for a "Fenway double play" — together, they will perform a Dropkick Murphys song and a Springsteen song. The Dropkick Murphys said they will be the first band to ever play a full show in an empty sports stadium and the first to "play right on the dirt and grass of the infield diamond — and we will be doing it for free — for you, the best fans in the world." Catherine Garcia

January 15, 2020

Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, and more are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year — and Trent Reznor is "pretty freaked out" about it.

The artists who make up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2020 were announced Wednesday after the list of nominees was unveiled in December. Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex will all be inducted in May.

Among those who were nominated but didn't make the cut are Pat Benatar and Dave Matthews Band, although the latter earned the most fan votes.

Nine Inch Nails' induction was particularly notable, as the band had been nominated before but finally made the cut this year. Frontman Trent Reznor famously said in 2018 he didn't "give a f—k" about being snubbed and that "the worst would be if we did [get inducted] and then what?" We'd have to f—in' show up and jam? I can't even imagine what that would be."

Reznor on Wednesday told Rolling Stone he's "honored" and "pretty freaked out" that Nine Inch Nails actually is getting inducted this time. Still, he admitted he thinks the concept of the hall of fame is "in some ways" a bit "absurd," questioning why Kraftwerk and Todd Rundgren haven't gotten in.

"I don't think I would be me had those guys not existed," Reznor said. "That's where I think of it with a grain of salt." Brendan Morrow

April 14, 2015

After five years, the popular video game series Guitar Hero is ready to step back onto the stage. On Tuesday, developer Activision revealed that the Guitar Hero series will return, in a massively revamped form, as Guitar Hero Live. The new game will be available on consoles including Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U, as well as select mobile devices.

Activision released a video demonstrating how the new Guitar Hero will work, eschewing the game's previously cartoony look in favor of a first-person perspective designed to show players what it's like to perform for a massive stadium full of screaming fans:

Other changes to the classic Guitar Hero model includes a library of "hundreds" of popular songs, which will continually be updated, and a new controller has been designed to feel more like playing an actual guitar.

Guitar Hero Live will be fighting for top billing in the music video game landscape. Rock Band, the longstanding video game rival to Guitar Hero, is also slated for a revival in the fall. Scott Meslow

October 9, 2014

Three-chord pop-punk band Green Day headlines a slate of 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015.

The trio, who rose to fame with an album whose title is a euphemism for feces, are joined on the ballot by fellow first-timers Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, and deceased Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Also up for induction are, among others, Sting, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, and seminal rap group N.W.A., who have been nominated for a third time.

A panel of 700 journalists and industry folk will vote on the nominees. Fans can also cast ballots that will go toward determining who gets on, and who stays out. Jon Terbush

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