Livestream Preview: Stone Love Bass Odyssey with John Taylor of Duran Duran @ Instagram, 5/20/20

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John Taylor (left) performs with Simon LeBon in Duran Duran at The Fillmore New Orleans on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

During the national COVID-19 crisis, many musicians have found ways to connect with their audiences virtually, using platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to present concerts or interactive experiences.

In my opinion, bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran has developed one of the most joyful, uplifting, and thoroughly entertaining of these virtual performances with his Stone Love Bass Odyssey series, which he broadcasts via Duran Duran’s Instagram on Wednesdays. In the two-part program, John first shares an iconic baseline from a classic Duran Duran song and then he chats with a fellow musician about their careers and shared interests.

The result is must-see Instagram TV!

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Song of the Day: “Impulse Control” by VOWWS

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VOWWS (Photo by Eric Fain)

LA-based duo VOWWS reveal the official video for their latest single “Impulse Control.” The song arrives on the heels of a partially completed world tour with Poppy (including a stop at U Street Music Hall) during which time VOWWS wrote the menacing, angular DEFCON 1 anthem.

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Song of the Day: “The Beast in the Shadows” by Michael Schenker Fest

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Michael Schenker Fest (Photo by Stephanie Cabral)

Last year, guitar legend Michael Schenker released his second MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST album Revelation, that features the ever-legendary Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White on vocals. The album also features guest singer Ronnie Romero. Instrumental parts were handled by Michael himself, as well as Steve Mann, Chris Glen, Bodo Schopf and Simon Phillips.

Recently, the band were pleased to reveal a lyric video for track “The Beast in the Shadows” from that album.

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Song of the Day: “From the Grave” by Cro-Mags

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Cro-Mags (Photo by Maurice Nunez)

2019 saw the CRO-MAGS crushing the masses with the release of their first pieces of music in 19 years. Today, the legendary hardcore pioneers have released a music video for the previously released single “From the Grave,” featuring former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell.

The band’s first full length album in 20 years, titled In the Beginning, will be available on June 19 via Mission Two Entertainment.

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