Random music news for Thursday, August 13, 2020

I apologize for the dearth of postings yesterday but the website was feeling a little ill. All better in time for delivering music news for August 13, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Guitarist Trini Lopez has died of COVID-19 complications.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Are VIP boxes like these the future of live concerts?
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Sam Fender says he played the “world’s first socially-distanced concert” in front of 2500 people.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Dumb Smash Mouth here and here.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: We’re running out of media.
  6. The guys in Tool are free agents with no formal label affiliations. This might result in a quarantine EP.
  7. Amazon is now getting into the podcast game.
  8. Checking with Kanye’s presidential campaign, it appears he’s not polling well.
  9. Drake’s cannabis play seems to have run into trouble.
  10. Anyone else see the Geddy Lee cutout behind home plate for the Blue Jays’ game?
  11. Muse goes IMAX.
  12. It’s fun to watch conservatives flip out over Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.” Check it out here, here, and here.
  13. Here’s the real reason Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok.
  14. Mick Jagger and Keef have adopted part of an ocean.
  15. Three people have been charged with trying to bribe and threaten some of R. Kelly’s victims.

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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