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Random Music News for Monday, February 1, 2016

Good news! We’ve made to through January! Bad news! This February has 29 days.

And now, the music news.

  1. Wait:David Bowie auditioned for Lord of the Rings? And he didn’t get the part? He would have made a great Gandalf!
  2. Are these the 40 most intriguing musicians of 2016? Give this list a browse and see what you think.
  3. These, apparently, were the best years ever for “dad rock.”
  4. Because Def Leppard apparently continues to have label issues, they’re the first band to premiere new music via Guitar Hero.
  5. So this would make the Red Hot Chili Peppers pro-Democrat but anti-Hillary?
  6. Johnny Rotten is 60. Wow.
  7. And while we’re at it, here are some unpublished Sex Pistols photos.
  8. A fan of 80s music? Britain’s Rewind Festival returns with four dates. Here are your lineups.
  9. This is a cool iPhone case–if you’re the kind of person who needs to record phone calls.
  10. Beyonce has been accused of “cultural appropriation” of…a Coldplay song?
  11. John Oliver’s wife is pretty damn cool. Would you have done this at an airport?
  12. Ah, the life of a wife of a Rolling Stone….
  13. Note that Elton John refers to himself as a “king.”
  14. New rock’n’roll nuptials: Hayley Williams of Paramore and Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory.
  15. The violinist’s widow is finally getting royalties from “Billie Jean.”
  16. Vinyl, the new HBO series based on the record industry of the 70s, had its red carpet premiere.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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