Random Music News for Friday, June 19, 2015

It’s lovely day here in London. Paid a visit to Abbey Road this morning.

  1. Slayer guitarist wears a “Kill the Kardashians” t-shirt at a gig. Too much? (Via Tom)
  2. Madonna has picked an opener for her tour. It’s Amy Schumer.
  3. Here’s an early look at what Apple’s Beats 1 radio station might look like.
  4. Billy Gibbons goes the crowd-funding route.
  5. Iron Maiden has a new double album coming out.
  6. It looks like James Taylor–James F**kin’ Taylor!–is going to have a #1 album.
  7. Apple is making some distressing rumbles about pulling indie artists’ from iTunes.
  8. Let’s remember the Arab Spring in music, shall we?
  9. Actress Susan Sarandon’s musician son is bending genders.
  10. Male nightingales boast more in song than even most rappers.
  11. You think electronic dance music is going away? Nope.
  12. I was at BBC Radio 2 yesterday to apply for the Top Gear job. They told me to shove off.
  13. Rolling Stone magazine was hit with a round of layoffs.
  14. Cheech and Chong have had a cancel a trip of Australia because Tommy Chong has been diagnosed with cancer.

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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