Random music news for Monday, January 4, 2021

End of the holidays, back to work. Now we just need to focus on getting through January, February, and March. Things will be better in less than 90 days. Now for some music news for January 4, 2021.

  1. What are the prospects of live music returning in 2021? Here’s one view. (Via Sean)
  2. And what else can we expect from music in 2021? Try this. (Sean again)
  3. RIP Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers.
  4. Vanilla Ice played Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo New Year’s Eve party. So did Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Masks? Why? Idiots.
  5. Police had a hard time shutting down an illegal rave. What a bunch of idiots. (Via Sean)
  6. Liam Gallagher’s New Year’s message called for an Oasis reunion. Good luck with that.
  7. This isn’t the usual kind of fan interaction we see from musicians, is it?
  8. Why we hate the sound of our own voice. And how come we can hear the footsteps of others and not our own?
  9. How much does a dude have to drink before he thinks it’s a good idea to change his name to “Celine Dion?” Ask this guy.
  10. Wait: Bruce Springsteen wrote “Hungry Heart” for The Ramones? And Johnny rejected it? (Via Tom)
  11. Spot the 50 hit songs in this picture.
  12. Vinyl sales had a great year in the UK.
  13. Get high with Snoop on national TV? (Via John)
  14. Prince’s estate vs. the IRS. Uh-oh.
  15. The KLF has finally allowed their music onto streaming music platforms.
  16. Flea on the nature of obsession.
  17. Here’s what can happen when you leave a band too soon.

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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