Random music news for Monday, August 30, 2021

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  1. Today is a holiday in the UK and there were plenty of live events over the long weekend. Now the country is preparing for a COVID spike. (Via Sean)
  2. Neil Young thinks that holding a concert or festival these days means you’re holding a superspreader event.
  3. Back to the mosh pit? Discuss.
  4. The Taliban are closing down music schools in Afghanistan.
  5. Justin Bieber is now Spotify’s most listened-to artist with 83.3 million monthly listeners.
  6. This could be the most sophisticated portable music device ever created. And it’s expensive.
  7. It looks like Apple Watch has a user base of over 100 million people now.
  8. In case you missed Kanye’s bring-out-my-friends stunt last week, this is what happened.
  9. More Iron Maiden cartoons! (Via Tom)
  10. Just in passing: Gavin Rossdale was married to Gwen Stefani for 14 years. His new girlfriend is named Gwen Singer. Just sayin’.
  11. A Charlie Watts anecdote: When The Rolling Stones toured, he liked to have his dressing room laid out just like his living room at home.
  12. Michael Jackson left some music behind. We may soon hear some of it.
  13. The USA Mullet Challenge is on now! You can vote–if you must.
  14. It’s been twenty years since the release of Slipknot’s Iowa album. Here’s an appreciation of that record.
  15. Sting to the dead Italian duke: “I’m sorry for what I said about you ripping me off.”
  16. Finally, Clubhouse has a new “surround-sound” feature that apparently makes chats sound more realistic. (One more from Sean)

BONUS: Parents destroy son’s porn collection. Son sues parents. Judge sides with son. Now he has to figure out how much the collection was worth to award damages. (Spoiler: US$45,000. That’s a lot.)

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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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