Random music news for Saturday, February 29, 2020

Look at it this way: Get past today and we won’t have to deal with another extra-long February until 2024. That means we won’t have to deal with music news for February 29 for a while.

  1. Here’s a fun February 29 story to get us started.
  2. Coronavirus update 1: There are whispers that SXSW might be canceled. (Note that the massive Geneva Auto Show has definitely been canceled this year.)
  3. Coronavirus update 2: BTS has canceled their South Korean tour.
  4. Coronavirus update 3: SiriusXM has quarantined a top executive and some staffers over an infection scare.
  5. Coronavirus update 4: Green Day has canceled their Asian tour.
  6. Coronavirus update 5: Here’s a summary of music events that have been canceled.
  7. Coronavirus update 6: A DOG has come down with the disease in Hong Kong.
  8. Coronavirus update 7: If you’re going out for drinks this weekend, don’t be afraid to drink Corona beer like some people. Seriously.
  9. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca.
  10. A new British club night will feature nothing but material from Oasis.
  11. There are now more than 900,000 different podcasts with 27 million episodes available through Apple Podcasts.
  12. RZA from Wu-Tang Clan has just released a recording of guided meditations. It’s…interesting.
  13. Good news for the Toronto music scene: The ancient Wheat Sheaf Tavern will soon reopen.
  14. Meanwhile, staff is still hopeful that Clinton’s can be saved.
  15. A beloved downtown Ottawa record store is going to close to make way for a pot shop.
  16. Here comes the tax on Netflix and Facebook.
  17. Bon Jovi was probably chuffed by this. He also met Prince Harry at Abbey Road for this.
  18. This will be one big music venue.
  19. Musicians share their air travel horror stories. A forklift?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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