Random music news for Friday, October 9, 2020

If he were still with us, John Lennon would have turned 80 today. If you’re a fan, you might want to listen to this. Moving on to music news for October 9, 2020…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Here are some Canadian pandemic music heroes.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: The Foo Fighters are among the acts that will participate in a virtual festival.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: The Flaming Lips are going to hold a concert where the audience is protected by dozens of bubbles.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Here are some of the hard realities of life in a band these days via Mastodon.
  5. Wow. Eddie Van Halen lived HARD.
  6. Surprise! Van Halen streams, downloads, and sales are going through the roof.
  7. See you on the other side.”
  8. Thought experiment: What if Eddie Van Halen had played the solo in “Stairway to Heaven?” (Via Fred)
  9. This is good: He and Sammy Hagar quietly made up before he died.
  10. Another reason to give the kid music lessons: Children who learn an instrument can “focus for longer and remember more throughout their lives.”
  11. Music piracy is still a problem–and Apple is apparently distributing music piracy apps.
  12. Is pop music getting bad? Are we seeing the rise of the music snob?
  13. Here’s an interesting contest: How would you like to be able to name a new song?
  14. Can music make you sick?
  15. What?

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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