Random music news for Monday, June 8, 2020

Before we begin, here’s an AI deepfake of the Queen reciting the lyrics to the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen.” What could possibly go wrong with this technology? Ponder that as you go through the music news for Monday, June 8, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Nearly US$1 billion has been lost by the live music industry.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Toronto music venues are getting a much-needed tax break. This is a very good idea. More cities should do it.
  3. The Village People do not like Donald Trump.
  4. Judging from her social media accounts, the wife of Slayer bass player Tom Araya is a racist QAnon cray-cray.
  5. A Twisted Sister kid’s book? Yes. (Via Christopher)
  6. The venue used by a Danish metal festival has been taken over by…a church.
  7. RIP Rupert Hine, producer (he worked with Rush) and artist. He was 72. Listen to “The Formula” from his band, Thinkman.
  8. Need a spoon that’s shaped like a guitar? You’re in luck! (Via Tom)
  9. Elton John is the top-earning rocker in 2020. Here’s the full list.
  10. Looking to buy a car stereo? Read this first.
  11. Looking for a deal on sheet music? Check out this iOS app.
  12. And if you’re into music boxes, you should look at 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.

2 thoughts on “Random music news for Monday, June 8, 2020

  • June 8, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Rupert Hine’s “Misplaced Love” should have been a hit. Marianne Faithful, with guest vocals was a perfect choice

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    • June 8, 2020 at 10:37 am
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      I was such a fan of the guy. I have pretty much everything he ever did.

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