Random music news for Thursday, May 14, 2020

Before we begin, please enjoy this.

Now that’s out of the way, here’s music news for May 14, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Bob Dylan has canceled his summer tour.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: 92% of independent festivals in the UK could go out of business because of the COVID-19 crisis.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: So what’s the future of live music in Canada? Read this.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Music venues are dying and need financial support. Toronto has promised some help, though.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Are you craving comfort during these times? You’re not alone.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: With so many schools closed, this stat about the most popular YouTube channel these days really shouldn’t come as a surprise.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: What’s a busker to do during the time of pandemic? This.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Slipknot has canceled everything for 2020.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: You know that social-distance concert that was supposed to happen in Arkansas? The governor is trying to put an end to that. The promoter wants to add a second show, too.
  10. Coronavirus update 10: The New Order/Pet Shop Boys tour has been postponed to next year.
  11. Melissa Etheridge’s son–the boy she had with Julie Cypher using sperm donated by David Crosby–has died. It was an opioid overdose.
  12. The hack of a NYC legal office–a place that works for Lady Gaga, Elton John and others–has taken a sinister turn.
  13. The maker of a British vodka has apparently been threatened by a lawsuit from GHOST. You’ll see why.
  14. Madonna is having her knee repaired.
  15. Can synthetic voices cry? Maybe.
  16. Someone is Photoshopping The Simpsons into album cover artwork.
  17. Wanna snoop on what you’re kid is listening to on Spotify? Check this out.
  18. Spin magazine has gone back to the future. Sort of.
  19. If you’re a DJ or musician, there’s a survey you should look at.
  20. Post Malone…rosé wine.

And for no reason at all, here’s a cool optical illusion. (Via Larry)

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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