Random music news for Monday, March 19, 2018

This is the last official full day of winter. Good riddance, really. Let’s talk about music news for March 19, 2018.

  1. Another bomb in Austin, Texas. SXSW was very concerned, of course.
  2. Then there was this jerk who hoaxed a Roots show at SXSW with a bomb threat.
  3. The management company behind Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers really don’t think much of Billy Corgan. Strong stuff, really.
  4. This is kinda interesting: Oasis’ “Wonderwall” with every second beat removed. It sort of works.
  5. Interesting fact: For the last 79 years, the state song of Maryland has referred to Northerners as “scum.” That’s probably coming to an end.
  6. Paul McCartney might be worth billions, but he’s not too big to book second-class train travel.
  7. What could possibly go wrong with this voice mimicking technology?
  8. A singer from India has been convicted of smuggling migrants.
  9. This woman used to manage musicians. Now she’s looking after baby kangaroos.
  10. What music gives you chills? Want to participate in a survey about that?
  11. A new film about fashion designer Vivienne Westwood shows her saying some unkind things about her former partner, Malcolm McLaren.
  12. It’s come to this: stars are writing into their wills about how their images may be used with CGI once they die.
  13. If there’s a hell and nuns are in charge, there’s a room waiting for Katy Perry.
  14. Check out this “first ensemble of disabled musicians.” (Via Tom)
  15. Here’s a strange secret about the closing theme song for WKRP in Cincinnati.
  16. Forty years ago this past Saturday, U2 celebrated a special 40th anniversary. (Via Michael)
  17. And here’s the trophy they won.

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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