Random music news for Friday, January 17, 2020

Today marks three years with Trump as president. Seems longer. Here’s what I have for music news on January 17, 2020.

  1. Speaking of whom, REM is considering legal action against Trump for using their music at his rallies.
  2. Demi Lovato has been tagged to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
  3. A Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys documentary is coming in April.
  4. A concert from Kim Jong-Un. Good thing for the musicians that he was entertained.
  5. Trent Reznor has become a father for the fifth time. Fifth!
  6. This is a cool idea for record collectors.
  7. Roland has a new set of electronic drums that look like…drums.
  8. Uh, thanks, Kanye. I guess.
  9. So what do critics think of the Alanis Morissette Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill? Here’s a sample.
  10. Some of the cars in James Hetfield’s collection will go on display in a museum.
  11. Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell are close to an agreement that would see unreleased material featuring Chris Cornell to be issued.
  12. “Would you please GO AWAY!”
  13. Cow chat.
  14. Radio is still doing fine. See?
  15. Guitar abuse. Oh, the humanity.
  16. Who knew that Harry and Meghan were fans of the Stone Roses?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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