Random music news for Monday, July 13, 2020

If you need some affirmation to start the week, here’s Jonathan Frakes telling you you’re right for 41 seconds. You’ll feel much better.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Great White held a maskless concert. Irresponsible idiots.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Drive-in concerts will be with us for a while.
  3. RIP Rich “Rock” Priske, bass player in The Matthew Good Band and on the first three Good solo albums. He died on the weekend of a heart attack at age 52.
  4. Benjamin Keough, the grandson of Elvis Presley, is dead. A suicide, apparently.
  5. Amazon banned its employees from TikTok then recalled that message.
  6. New study: High unemployment leads to angry song lyrics. If that’s the case, we’re in for some furious music shortly. (Via Andrew)
  7. If you’re in a personal care home under lockdown, here’s an artful musical way to pass the time.
  8. Bon Jovi, dishwasher.
  9. Do you remember any of these alt-rock bands from the 90s?
  10. Well, that’s one way to cover Judas Priest… (Via Tom)
  11. Joy Division fans will want to check out this Peter Hook-hosted listening session.
  12. Will Smith vs. 50 Cent. Fun!
  13. While other acts get into selling beer, wine, and booze, Alice Cooper is getting into the chocolate milk game.
  14. Into vinyl? Here are some excellent online tools. (And maybe you can aspire to something like this.)
  15. Too much information, Kirk Hammett.
  16. John Lennon, sailor.
  17. Making music with…plants?
  18. And finally, there’s this.

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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