I went on a walkabout of CES 2019 looking for music things. Here’s what I found.

[This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. -AC]

The driver dropped me off at the wrong entrance to the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

“This is the Platinum lot. You were supposed to take me to the Silver lot. I have an interview with a BMW executive in five minutes!”

He just shrugged his shoulders. “You should be happy I got you this close.”

CES — which, by the way, does not stand for “Consumer Electronics Show” anymore — is huge. I’d heard stories about how big it is, but until you have to tromp from one side of the LVCC to the other at Usain Bolt speeds, it’s impossible to gauge the scope of this thing. All the massive halls of the LVCC is just part of CES. There are two other locations, one of which has an entire section dedicated to nothing but cases for smartphones and tablets. And let’s not even discuss all the special exhibition events held in giant ballrooms at hotels along The Strip. All this to serve a market estimated at US$398 billion. That’s a lot of gadgets.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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