Random music news for Friday, June 18, 2021

Damn. I was really hoping for a supernova in our lifetime, but it’s not going to happen. Assuage yourself with music news for June 18, 2021.

  1. RIP Frank Bonner, the man who played Herb Tarlek on WKRP. He was 79.
  2. Noel Gallagher has an interesting way of defending Bono
  3. …and he and Keith Richards once compared lead singers. I love this story.
  4. The Foo Fighters played a club gig in California. They were met by picketing anti-vaxxers.
  5. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue has a new book coming.
  6. Liverpool will be the site of the first-ever David Bowie World Fan Convention. It’ll fall on the 50th anniversary of the release of Ziggy Stardust.
  7. And speaking of anniversaries, Krist Novoselic is hinting about a special 30th-anniversary edition of Nirvana’s Nevermind this fall.
  8. Hoping to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway this fall? Not if you got the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  9. Ratings are in for the Juno Awards broadcast. They were good.
  10. Here’s a good history of techno.
  11. This is a conversation with Mary Piercey-Lewis, MusiCounts Teacher of the Year.
  12. Interesting: What can the music biz learn from the video game biz.
  13. Where is the Canadian media landscape heading? Here are some good guesses.
  14. And it seems that we’re entering a new era when it comes to music discovery.
  15. Here’s a take on the concept of album re-releases. It’s…interesting. (Via Danny)
  16. Peter Gabriel may have to cancel WOMAD this year. COVID, of course.
  17. Facebook will start running podcasts next week.

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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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