Random music news for Monday, April 19, 2021

This is a TikTok challenge that needs to stop. Now. Seriously. As for music news on April 19, 2021…

  1. Mike Mitchell, the guitarist on The Kingsmen classic “Louie Louie,” has died at the age of 77.
  2. My Chemical Romance has postponed their reunion tour to 2022.
  3. This British band will be among the first to attempt a “normal” gig.
  4. Some performers can’t wait to get back into a venue. Meanwhile, some people just aren’t ready to be that close to other humans just yet.
  5. But out in BC, they’re having beach parties amid a pandemic surge.
  6. Pandemic surprise: Vinyl demand is so high that there aren’t enough pressing plants. (Via Greggory)
  7. The psychiatrist who once treated Courtney Love and Gwyneth Paltrow has lost his license.
  8. Katy Perry thinks social media is “the decline of human civilization.”
  9. UK church leaders aren’t keen on the idea of a vaccine passport for entering public venues.
  10. If you’re a rock fan, you might find this playlist of the top 200 of 2020 songs on Spotify a bit hard to take.
  11. Why do so many bands get into the booze business? Here’s why.
  12. Good audio gear history: When American record companies hated Japan.

BONUS: Nice. (Via Larry)

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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