Elton John says social media sites need to be held accountable

ELTON JOHN:  Social media sites need to be held accountable

Elton John is taking a stand against hatred and bullying on social media.

He tells the BBC, "I don't know why they allow it. It's supposed to be free speech, but the things that are on social media are so disgusting that there has to be action taken by the people who own these companies... People say, 'Well, what about my freedom of speech?' Well, sod your freedom of speech.”

Elton John says this abou what needs to be done to eliminate hate, bullying and prejudice from social media sites:

“They can do so much good. First of all, they have to clean house and become a moral thinking compass for what’s going on in the world. At the moment they’re not doing that. Elections are being rigged. People are being bullied online. Young people are committing suicide. [All] because of what’s going on online. These people have a responsibility to step up. We can’t continue. They just can’t let it go on. They haven’t made any action. They haven’t done anything to try and stem the flow of hate on the Internet.”

Although Elton has an online presence, he asks that people boycott it because companies will take notice when the money stops coming in.


A FLOCK OF SEGULLS:  Back with a tour and a new single

A Flock of Seagulls rode their distinctive hairstyles and synth sound to '80s fame. Now, singer Mike Score is looking forward to the band spending a big chunk of its summer on the Lost '80s Live tour.

Mike loves doing '80s package shows:

"It's slightly nostaglic. It's 35 years since we started out. So, it's a bit of nostalgia. The band never stopped touring but this is now a nice package that everybody can come and see and get their '80s on for the night, if you know what I mean. Have a bit of fun, when there's been not that much fun going on in the world. So, it's a great idea."

Crafting a knockout song like "I Ran" got them on the radio. But it was not until they were booked at some of America's most famous venues that the band felt successful.

Mike Score talks about what made him realize the band had really "made it":

"The first time that we played Madison Square Garden was an incredible... kinda like, 'Hey, we must made it! Cause everyone who's anyone has played here.' Same with the Hollywood Bowl. To walk out at the Hollywood Bowl, where The Beatles and The Beach Boys and everybody like that gone. It kind of made us feel like all the work we put in before for a couple of years rehearsing and writing was, you know, we were doing the right thing for us. And it worked. It's a feeling you can't describe."

The original lineup of A Flock of Seagulls recently reunited to record new version of the band's old songs with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Mike says a complete album will soon be released -- but for now, a preview single of "Space Age Love Song" has been posted on YouTube.


PAUL SIMON:  Performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water" for the first time on his tour

Paul Simon added one of his best known compositions to his setlist on Sunday night.

Almost a month into his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour No Longer, Paul finally performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at suburban Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theater. He told the crowd, "Even though I wrote it, it has a strange deterrent for me -- that's not much of an introduction is it?" Of course, that's because the lead vocal was recorded by his estranged ex-partner Art Garfunkel.

Admitting he was "setting expectations low" for the performance, in which he was backed by a six-piece chamber music group, Simon received a standing ovation and then commented, "Maybe I'll sing it again sometime." (Billboard)

PRINCE:  Legacy is supporting school music program

One of Prince's ex-wives and one of his close friends have made a donation in his memory to further music education.

Manuela Testolini spent what would have been Prince's 60th birthday Friday at the Anwatin Middle School in Minneapolis, where her personal foundation helped build and stock a new music room. She told WCCO-TV, "I just know the impact it’s going to have and I’m really blessed to be in a position to be able to do these types of things within a perfect world... He wanted to impact the community and he did for so long. We don’t want there to be a hole in that space."

Close friend Andre Cymone added, "[I] think he would be really truly honestly appreciative. I mean, it’s great to go play his music...but I think the extension to that is to give back to kids."

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