GREEN DAY AND AJR CANCEL MOSCOW DATES: Artists are starting to cancel Russian tour dates in protest of the invasion of Ukraine. AJR tweeted Friday (Feb. 25th) that they will be cancelling their October 22nd show in Moscow, while Green Day announced Sunday (Feb. 27th) that they will no longer play a concert at Spartak Stadium in Moscow on May 27th. The band said in a statement, “We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s so much bigger than that. But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future.”
Courtney Love wrote and deleted a tribute to the late Mark Lanegan on Instagram Saturday (Feb. 26th). According to Stereogum, the Hole singer wrote, “Rip mark. You were a good friend to me & Kurt, even if in your book you wrote our close friendship out , I’m still baffled & so sad about that.: She continued, “In any event ‘the winding sheet’ & the stunning ‘whiskey for the Holy Ghost’ we’re my brilliant soundtracks for all of awful 1994, I always thought you were a man of great honor & underrated. I’d have done anything for you & I did. I co signed your mortgage. I put you in sober living for a year. I paid for 3 rehabs. & of course I never wanted or needed any public acknowledgment or thanks for it. And. I didn’t get it either! Lol. I heard you had a long covid bad death & im so sorry. Rest in power. I’d like to think you’d have come around & made up for your appalling rendition of me in your tome mark, wherever you are. Dropping the rocks.”
AVRIL LAVIGNE DROPS 7TH STUDIO ALBUM: Avril Lavigne released her seventh studio album, Love Sux, on Friday (Feb. 25th). The 12-track album marks the first new music to be released from the star since 2019. Love Sux showcases Lavigne’s pop-punk sound, featuring epic collaborations with artist like Machine Gun Kelly, Mark Hoppus and blackbear.