Random Music News for Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Fool’s is over for another year. Good.

  1. Are these radio signals signs of alien life? Will they be touring here?
  2. YouTube FanFest will debut in Toronto in May.
  3. Watch DLR hurt himself during Van Halen’s Jimmy Kimmel performance.
  4. The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson are touring together this summer. Backstage will be a happy place.
  5. John Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia (she was pre-Yoko, obviously) has died at age 75.
  6. Bono seems to be healing well. Well enough to hang out with Sean Penn, anyway.
  7. Avril Lavigne has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
  8. Great reviews for Blur’s comeback album, The Magic Whip.
  9. Middling reviews for a new Who documentary.
  10. Noah and the Whale have broken up.
  11. Mice sing. We just can’t hear them.
  12. For 7% of Americans, their only connection to the Internet is their smartphone.
  13. Noel Gallagher has apparently lost millions since going solo.
  14. The best-selling music genre in the UK is now pop, thanks to Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

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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