Random Music News for Saturday, May 23, 2015

The data roaming charges on this current trip to SE Asia and Australia are killing me. Time to buy a cheap phone and a local SIM so I can set up my own travelling hotspots.

  1. Here’s an interesting list of occasions where lyrics have been used in court.
  2. Rockstar, the video game company, is suing the BBC.
  3. The Guardian has this fine interview with The Replacements.
  4. How times change: Roger Daltrey threatens to cancel Who concert over pot smoke.
  5. Jon Bon Jovi just gave a university commencement address.
  6. And here are some other notable commencement addresses from this season.
  7. That leaked contract between Spotify and Sony has pissed off a lot of people.
  8. Think the music industry is worth a lot of money? The video game industry is worth SIX TIMES as much.
  9. Eric Clapton’s terminally-ill half-brother has been found on the streets of Vancouver.
  10. Here’s a list of all the best metal performances from David Letterman.
  11. Speaking of metal, here are details on the new Slayer album.

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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