Random music news for Monday, May 17, 2021

Will you ever hug anyone again? Some people aren’t so sure. Maybe instead embrace the music news for May 17, 2021.

  1. Eric Clapton is not a fan of COVID precautions. Or vaccines, for that matter.
  2. Maybe Slowhand should talk to Perry Farrell. He’d straighten him out.
  3. The US is getting its own version of Eurovision. But they’ll probably make a hash of it.
  4. This is a preview of some British music festivals that are now going ahead.
  5. This music venue is giving COVID shots to fans.
  6. Paulina Porizkova has some things to say about her late husband, Rick Ocasek.
  7. This is certainly a different kind of album art. (Via Sean)
  8. An interesting question: Who invented metal? (Via Adam)
  9. Someone made an hour-long mix of Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” for some reason. (Sean again)
  10. Parodies make money for the original writer. Ed Sheeran will make some cash from “The Shape of Poo.”
  11. Basically, Noel Gallagher figures that Oasis’ work is done. Why bother with a reunion?
  12. Eating to this kind of music could help you lose weight. Uh, sure. Have you been to dinner with me?
  13. Rapper J Cole made his basketball debut in a new African league. He’s playing for the Rwanda Patriots.
  14. Nirvana’s former publicist is suffering from early-onset dementia. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are helping out.
  15. Live Nation is phasing out plastic water bottles at shows. Yay! Instead, they’ll be selling their own water. Er, boo?
  16. The outfit Janet Jackson wore in the “Scream” video with brother Michael sold for US$125K at auction.
  17. What are you teasing, Green Day?
  18. Rage Against the Machine is political? Someone had better tell the internet.
  19. Slipknot’s The Clown is launching “clown cannabis.”

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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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