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Published on August 13th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Random music news for Monday, August 13, 2018

Back to work after the staycation. And look! It’s pumpkin spice latte time already. Too soon, Starbucks, too soon. Here’s some music news for August 13, 2018.

  1. Aretha Franklin is deathly ill with cancer. It doesn’t look good.
  2. Oz Fox, the guitarist for Stryper, suffered a medical emergency onstage in Las Vegas involving a seizure. Doctors are now running planning a biopsy on his brain after an MRI.
  3. A platform at a music event in northern Spain collapsed, injuring hundreds.
  4. Pearl Jam raised $11 million for the homeless with their recent Seattle shows.
  5. Hate the ads on the free version of Spotify? Things might change.
  6. Some good history here: The stories behind 11 classic punk songs. (Via The Mayor)
  7. Why do collectors pay so much for these guitars?
  8. Kanye would like us to know about his PornHub preferences.
  9. Madonna thinks that too much of today’s music sounds the same. She’s not wrong, of course.
  10. There’s a new musical based on the 1993 movie Dave which incorporates some new Donald Trump references.
  11. So how did HBO’s Sharp Objects get the rights to all those Led Zeppelin songs? Like this.
  12. Mr. Peanut, dancer. (Via Amber)
  13. Are there downsides to releasing an EP? Now that you mention it, yes.
  14. Distract yourself from Monday with The Singing Farmer and these hypnotizing livestock auctioneers.
  15. If you’re a fan of Elton John, this article on his relationship with Bernie Taupin is worth a read.
  16. Snoop Dogg: the musical. Yep, you read that right.
  17. For musicians: Wedges are in-ear monitors. What’s better for you?



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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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