Random music news for Friday, May 22, 2020

Remember when the US Memorial Day Weekend used to be a big time for blockbuster movies? This has already been a bad time for movie theatres. Now a survey suggests that 70% of us would rather watch new movies at home. I get it. Moving to music news for May 22, 2020…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Live Nation is experimenting with social distancing concerts in New Zealand.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Marianne Faithfull has fully recovered from COVID-19, which had her in hospital for three weeks.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Guns N’ Roses has postponed their North American stadium tour.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Nickelback has postponed their summer tour.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Virtual concerts are here to stay. How should we proceed with them going forward? Here are some thoughts.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Wu-Tang Clan…hand sanitizer?
  7. Coronavirus update 7: In hindsight, it’s very possible that Andy Gill of Gang of Four died of COVID-19.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: U2 helped drive a big COVID-19 fundraiser with some handwritten lyrics.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Death Angel drummer Will Carroll says he met Satan while in a COVID-19 coma.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: Here’s how COVID-19 is affecting the world of vinyl.
  11. Kendall Jenner has to pay US$90,000 in the lawsuit regarding the Fyre Festival. She was one of the event’s paid influencers.
  12. Wait: Mister Rogers once sued Ice Cube?
  13. If you use music in Instagram posts, you’d better read this.
  14. Same thing if you use music with Facebook Live. Read this.
  15. YouTube has a new feature that tells you to stop watching videos and go to bed.
  16. Need a digital detox? The 1975 has something called Mindshower.
  17. Retro fun: The top 100 lost songs of the 80s.

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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