Random music news for Monday, December 14, 2020

I spent my two-week staycation watching 25 seasons of South Park. Now I’m finally caught up and can discuss the show with tegridy. (Look it up.). Over to music news for Monday, December 14, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update: By the end of the year, the live music industry will have lost a projected US$30 billion.
  2. Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow received a heart transplant.
  3. Elton John sure made a lot of money during the COVID times.
  4. Gear belonging to Eddie Van Halen and Prince has been stolen from a storage locker.
  5. AMC Theatres say that they’ll go broke in January.
  6. A new Led Zeppelin pinball machine is on the way.
  7. Wanna see the KISS New Year’s Eve show in Dubai? Great! You can spend up to US$25,000 on a ticket.
  8. This guy is a one-man ska band. (VIa Danny)
  9. It’s finally happened: Metal Hasselhoff.
  10. The evolution of concept albums.
  11. I appear in a documentary on Tom Petty that’s running on the Reelz network in the U.S. this week. Details here.
  12. And I was on this podcast talking about, er, me.
  13. Coming soon: The Music Locker. Check it out. (Via Andrew)
  14. Why don’t we know more about the music of ancient Greece? We may be close to cracking that.
  15. With the Electoral College vote today, it’s time to bid Donald Trump goodbye with a few songs: “You Can’t Win This“, “Tell You Goodbye“, and “Let It Go.” (All via De Bee)

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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