Random music news for Monday, May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 dreams are getting crazy. I dreamt that I was in charge of a McDonald’s focus group to determine if Grimace was the right shade of purple. I did not make that up. Now for some music news for May 18, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: How music has changed during the lockdown.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: 19% of British musicians are considering giving up their careers because of current financial stresses.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Motley Crue and Def Leppard have started postponing summer concert dates.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: A drive-in rave.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Really, dude? Really?
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Aw. Too bad.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: It’ll be a while before nightclubs get back to normal.
  8. Astrid Kirchherr, the photographer who helped shaped the early image of The Beatles, has died.
  9. The Allen Grubman hack just got worse. Material involving Lady Gaga has been posted online.
  10. Nearly 1,000 Peel Sessions are now online. Time to explore!
  11. That is a LOT of Grateful Dead recordings.
  12. An interesting interview with Moby about being in isolation.
  13. Want to use the lockdown to learn a new language? Try this karaoke app.
  14. Audio deep fakes: This is gonna be a real problem for the recorded music industry. (Via Andrew)
  15. Will Ferrell is involved in a movie about the totally batshit Eurovision Song Contest. This is what we can look forward to.
  16. Interesting: If there was such a big flu pandemic in 1969, why did life go on as usual? For example, why did Woodstock still happen?

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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