Random music news for Friday, May 8, 2020

This is a strange coincidence: The 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles Let It Be album is Mother’s Day. The title track of the album was written about Paul McCartney’s mother. Just sayin‘.

Now, music news for May 8, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: America’s first drive-in concert tour starts next month.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: And a week from today, the “world’s first social-distance concert” will happen in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: A very promising treatment for COVID-19 is being underwritten by…Dolly Parton?
  4. Coronavirus update 4: The German music industry is warning of a “corona collapse” unless it gets government hop.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Iron Maiden has canceled all dates for 2020.
  6. A sequel to Bohemian Rhapsody? No. Not gonna happen.
  7. Some ancient MTV footage is now online for everyone.
  8. If you’re looking for some happy covers of some really intense songs, go here, here, and here. Weird. (Via Tom)
  9. What the hell is this?
  10. Liam Gallagher’s next project might be a traditional Irish folk album. Wait–what?
  11. The legal battle between Soundgarden and Chris’ Cornell’s wide just got stepped up a notch. And another.
  12. Some people are very interested in Adele’s new look.
  13. At least one artist believes in “butt masks.”
  14. Bored? Try this 80s music trivia game. (Via Lee)
  15. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell had a rattlesnake problem, so he called someone who knows a thing or two about snakes: Slash.
  16. Is Saudi Arabia going to buy Warner Music?

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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