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Today’s Music News: Sir Van Morrison knighted by Queen Elizabeth

Sir Van Morrison was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Friday, in honor of his “services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.” As a knighted rocker, the 69-year-old singer-songwriter joins the ranks of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, and Sir Bono. (Rolling Stone)

It was an eventful weekend at Bonnaroo. The festival’s annual SuperJam featured unlikely covers such as Chance the Rapper doing “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis covering U.S.A. for Africa (Pitchfork); Hamm also jumped on stage to feed gummy bears to Belle and Sebastian (SPIN). Sadly, one festivalgoer died, apparently of a pre-existing cardiac condition. (USA Today)

The Foo Fighters have canceled two concerts after frontman Dave Grohl fractured his leg while jumping off the stage during a Friday show in Sweden. Despite the injury, Grohl continued that show. (Billboard)

Janet Jackson announced an “Unbreakable World Tour” that begins Aug. 31 in Vancouver and stops at Target Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 1. (Billboard)

St. Vincent joined Wire at that band’s Chicago DRILL festival for an extended performance of Wire’s song named (of course) “Drill.” (Pitchfork)

Why wasn’t the Clash‘s 1977 debut album released in the U.S. until 1979, two years after it came out in the U.K.? A newly-unearthed letter reveals that Epic Records executive Bruce Harris didn’t think the record would sell very well. The Sex Pistols album, for instance [Never Mind the Bollocks], is produced properly and as a result sounds really strong and captures the band’s power,” wrote Harris in a letter to a punk fan. “I believe the Clash can make better records than their first album and those are the records we should choose to bring to the American marketplace.” (Rolling Stone)

The organizers of Washington, D.C.’s Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall announced the name of this year’s featured performer: Barry Manilow. Can’t get much more American than that. (Billboard)

Bandleader James Last has died of an unspecified illness at the age of 86. You may not recognize Last’s name, but you’ve almost certainly heard his music: he specialized in easy listening music that became inescapable in elevators and dentist’s offices, and he’s often called the most commercially successful bandleader of all time, with over 100 million records sold. (Billboard)

Tyler, the Creator told Jimmy Kimmel about his days working at Starbucks, revealing that he still hates his former supervisor and saying that being fired was “the greatest moment of my life.” (Billboard)

Nile Rodgers announced that he’s launching a music festival: the FOLD! Festival will take place at a vineyard on Long Island on August 4-5. Among the performers will be Rodgers’s own band Chic, as well as Pharrell WilliamsBeckJanelle Monaé, and Duran Duran and more. The festival’s title is an acronym for “Freak Out Let’s Dance!” (Billboard)

Duran Duran announced that their new album, expected to be released in September, will be titled Paper Gods. They also announced a string of American and European tour dates. (Billboard)

At the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands, David Achter de Molen, the frontman of the punk band John Coffey, caught a flying pint of beer while crowdsurfing—and drank it. (Noisey)