Random music news for Friday, July 29, 2021

Ron Popeil, the guy who pretty much invented the infomercial, has died. Now let’s try some music news for July 29, 2021.

  1. Lollapallooza is underway in Chicago. Will this be a superspreader event?
  2. No, Lizzo didn’t kill anyone with a stage dive last weekend.
  3. Queen’s Brian May has been trying to salvage artwork from his London home after a horrific flood.
  4. Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is super pro-vax. Good.
  5. A vaccine-skeptic radio host has COVID and is now on a ventilator.
  6. Brian Adams has a new record deal.
  7. Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell together at last.
  8. VH1 is bringing back Behind the Music.
  9. David Crosby: Not a fan of media mogul Ruper Murdoch.
  10. Here’s still more on the legal action between Johnny Lydon and the rest of The Sex Pistols.
  11. DaBaby is getting a lot of backlash after some stupid AIDS comments from the stage at the Rolling Loud Festival last weekend in Miami. Elton John had something to say and a partnership with Boohoo is over.
  12. Ontario Place is hosting the longest summer music festival in Canada. It starts today and will extend over 35 consecutive days until September 6.
  13. Then there’s this Toronto drive-in music festival.
  14. And then we have all these other festivals scheduled for around the world.
  15. Fred Durst has finally ditched the red beret.

BONUS: Here’s a Canadian history lesson: The history of the hoser.

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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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