Random music news for Friday, October 23, 2020

If you like hot, spicy food, you might want to get this smartphone thing that measures the heat of chilis. Now try some music news for October 23, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update: It looks like 170,000 jobs will be lost in the UK live music industry.
  2. Lindsey Buckingham is the latest member of Fleetwood Mac to get in on the “Dreams” meme. All we’re missing is John and Christine McVie.
  3. About that new Arcade Fire album: Here’s an update Win Butler.
  4. The Damned return!
  5. Some guitars once owned by Pink Floyd and Neil Young have been stolen from the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls.
  6. Billy McFarland, the guy behind the Fyre Festival fraud, has launched a podcast from prison.
  7. Toronto is getting a huge new movie and media complex.
  8. And Hamilton will soon have a newly refurbished Hamilton Music Collective HQ after an investment of $2.5 million.
  9. Here’s the answer to an interesting trivia question.
  10. Want to know how record label contract really work? Read this.
  11. Here’s today’s anti-Trump song from Keith Morriss & The Crooked Numbers. Learn more here. (Via DB)
  12. Remembering the infamous 2 Live Crew obscenity trial 30 years later.
  13. Don McLean’s “American Pie” was a “tragedy?” Apparently.
  14. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett has suffered a stroke, so he can only play with one hand.
  15. It’s good to be Coldplay’s manager. See?
  16. Why are so many Grateful Dead fans being murdered?
  17. The theremin turns 100! (Via Tony)
  18. Jack White did a nice thing for a busker. (Via MIchael)
  19. That pro-Joe Biden ad featuring a Michigan music venue has been pulled because the owner has been getting threats.
  20. And finally, don’t stress about COVID-19. We’re all doomed, anyway.

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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