Top British artists including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest call on the UK government to help save the live music industry

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More than 1,400 UK-based artists, including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ed Sheeran, have issued a plea alongside thousands of crew and venues for support from the government in the face of devastating economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The appeal was made in a letter to Oliver Dowden, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Among the additional artists who signed the letter include Jeff Beck, the Cure, Radiohead, Yes, the Darkness, Coldplay, Liam Gallagher and many others.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.