Random music news for Friday, October 16, 2020

I could use a face mask like this. We all could. And we can also use some music news for October 16, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Here’s how the UK live music industry envisions gigs to come back next year.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Christopher Cross was paralyzed by the virus.
  3. The UK government is holding an inquiry into the “economics of music streaming.”
  4. Phil Collins to Donald Trump: “Cut it out.”
  5. Gene Simmons remembers that last time he spoke with Eddie Van Halen.
  6. Van Halen holds 20 of the top 25 spots on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart.
  7. David Crosby has apologized for his comments on Eddie Van Halen, saying he “forgot he died.”
  8. Beats is starting to look like Apple’s budget brand.
  9. This is interesting: A history of prison music.
  10. Sony has a new label called “Robots + Humans.” What could that mean?
  11. Zoom is getting into the business of ticketed gigs.
  12. Michael Hollett, founder of NOW magazine, introduces Nextmag in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
  13. Hamilton hero musician Tom Wilson got himself arrested at a protest.
  14. Define “Trumpery.” (Via Olie)
  15. How can you have a hit on TikTok? With data.
  16. Why is Danny Carey of Tool considered to be one of the best drummers around today? This is why.

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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