Quick Takes: Neil Young, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Trini Lopez

  • Neil Young has announced to subscribers that his Neil Young Archives site will no longer feature Facebook and Google login buttons. The email reads in part: "We thank you immensely for bearing with us through this process. We know it's not convenient, but we believe we will be better for it. 'Quality whether you want it or not!'"
    • The site claimed that it is paying nearly $20,000 to disengage from Facebook, posting, "Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users. . . Sowing dissent and chaos in our country via political disinformation is something we can not condone. Simply put, Facebook is screwing with our election." (Pitchfork)


  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle are keeping their "Lockdown Challenge" going with a new self-quarantine version of Van Halen's 1995 favorite, "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)." Hagar, along with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson have already tackled versions of Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'," Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie," the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Three Little Birds," Van Halen's "Good Enough" and "Right Now," along with their own original jam, "Funky Feng Shui."


  • Early-'60s hitmaker Trini Lopez has died from complications from COVID-19 at age 83. Lopez will forever be remembered for his 1963 Top Three hit, "If I Had A Hammer," and other hits — including his 1965 Top 20 single, "Lemon Tree." Lopez also appeared in the 1967 film, The Dirty Dozen, and over the decades continued to record and continued to perform. (Variety)
    • Dave Grohl chose a blue Trini Lopez Standard Gibson hollow body as his signature guitar in the Foo Fighters. The band said in a statement on social media: "Today the world sadly lost yet another legend, Trini Lopez. Trini not only left a beautiful musical legacy of his own, but also unknowingly helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one."