Random music news for Friday, May 24, 2019

On this day in 1956, the first-ever Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. Things just got weirder ever since. Meanwhile, in music news for May 24, 2019…

  1. Can you imagine being paid US$50,000 an hour to play video games? Some people are.
  2. There’s another Kurt Cobain/Nirvana t-shirt controversy. Courtney’s not happy. And would you spend US$550 for this thing?
  3. A brief history of the keytar. If you don’t know what a keytar is, then you really need to click that link.
  4. In the latest chapter of the Woodstock 50 drama, organizers have filed legal action to get back the US$18 million the festival’s former financial backer took away.
  5. The daughter of Slipknot’s The Clown was revealed to have died of a drug overdose.
  6. Rosław Szaybo, the designer of the Judas Priest logo and many of their album covers, has died at age 85. (Via Tom)
  7. And Larry Carroll, the legendary artist behind SLAYER album cover artwork, has died at age 65. (Tom again)
  8. It’s now DOCTOR Bon Jovi. (Still more Tom)
  9. Drake has some new wheels. Totally overbuilt, completely OTT, and insanely expensive.
  10. And Milwaukee hates Drake.
  11. And so does the agency that represents the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.
  12. Tom Hanks went to a music festival. Tom Hanks went to buy beer. Tom Hanks was denied beer because his ID wasn’t verified. Tom Hanks is 62 years old.
  13. Even record stores have had enough of Morrissey.
  14. Here’s a new episode of Often Forgotten Canadian Hard Rock and Metal Bands. This week: Aldo Nova.
  15. Will Universal Music, the biggest of the major labels, be sold to Chinese monster Tencent? They’re talking.

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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