Random music news for Friday, August 20, 2021

Off to Winnipeg to see my parents for the first time in two years. I haven’t been on a plane since January 9, 2020. This will be interesting. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for August 20, 2021.

  1. Nine Inch Nails has canceled their 2021 tour over COVID concerns.
  2. Garth Brooks has canceled five shows for the same reason.
  3. Stevie Nicks admits to doing a LOT of cocaine.
  4. R Kelly’s sexual assault/sexual predator trial has begun.
  5. Liam Gallagher played the first of three benefit shows for British health care workers.
  6. This is England’s smallest record store.
  7. The latest member of The Go-Go’s to write a book is drummer Gina Schock.
  8. Nice venue! Maybe the nicest COVID-safe venue I’ve seen!
  9. This Lady Gaga video is all VR. Here’s how it works. And watch out for a company called CEEK. (Via Sean)
  10. A good learning tool: An interactive map of female composers through history. (Sean again)
  11. Apple has launched a new game show starring musicians. Here’s the first episode of Play, Pause, Delete.
  12. This is now officially a thing: Weird Spotify playlists.
  13. Metal Beethoven!
  14. Pharrell Williams’ cousin was shot. It’s been ruled a homicide.

BONUS: Does any of this feel familiar?

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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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