Random Music News for Saturday, June 13, 2015

It was 45 years ago today that “The Long and Winding Road” became the Beatles last #1 hit.

  1. Bono will be in Ottawa Monday to meet with the PM plus Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair. He wants to talk about NGOs in Africa. (Via Larry)
  2. A nightclub in Sydney, Australia, has banned all phones and cameras. Let’s not even talk about selfie sticks.
  3. Not everyone in NWA is happy with the upcoming bio-pic.
  4. One of the 70s’ biggest male rock sluts looks back on his career and has no regrets.
  5. Blur had a bit of a concert scare this past week in Blackpool.
  6. This English rock star was swindled into buying a frying pan for £2,000. Yes, a frying pan.
  7. The perils of having a strong currency: Apple Music is going to cost a LOT more in the UK (relatively speaking to other currencies). This is an instant where the weak looney is good for Canadian music fans.
  8. So this couple is having another kid. Cue the big production. Seriously?
  9. KISS’ Gene Simmons has a new BBC Radio 2 show.
  10. Not just for raves anymore: MDMA is being used to treat PTSD.
  11. Investors are betting $8 billion that streaming is going to prevail–and that’s just what they’re betting on Spotify.
  12. It’s SIR Van Morrison now.

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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