Random music news for Friday, April 5, 2019

It was twenty-five years ago today that Kurt Cobain killed himself. You’ll be hearing a lot about this over the weekend. Elsewhere on April 5, 2019…

  1. Ozzy has canceled more shows after a fall at home.
  2. Meanwhile, son Jack was sucker punched in a random act of violence at a coffee shop.
  3. Brenda Spencer, the 16-year-old girl cited in the Boomtown Rats’ song, “I Don’t Like Mondays” is now 56 and is looking at parole.
  4. This is the guy I want to be the next president of the US. Not only does Pete Buttigieg make all kinds of sense, but in college, he wrote stuff like this.
  5. Required reading: 10 trends that will reshape the music industry
  6. Nipsey Hussle’s songs have been streamed more than 100 million times in the US alone since he was killed last week.
  7. The city of Chicago is suing Jussie Smollett after he refused to pay the costs for the investigation into his fake crime.
  8. Kate Bush fans will appreciate this.
  9. It looks like stream-ripping is finally losing steam.
  10. Nearly three million Americans still get Netflix DVDs in the mail.
  11. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray says he’s going deaf. Or is he?
  12. This year will mark the inaugural heavy metal knitting championship in Finland. Yes, I said “heavy metal knitting.”
  13. Thor lives!
  14. If you’re a Foo Fighters fan–specifically a fan of drummer Taylor Hawkins–take a look at this.

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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