Random music news for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Concerts will resume in Italy on June 15.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: British music magazines–the best on the planet–are struggling to survive.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Here are ten things a touring band is going to have to deal with in the age of pandemic.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: One of the hardest-hit industries is nightclubs. This is not good.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: These musicians are trapped in a castle surrounded by wolves.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Live music fans just want their money back. Why is getting a refund so hard? Here’s why.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Here is how some musicians are helping out venues with their livestreaming.
  8. Grimes and Elon Musk have changed their new baby’s name (originally X Æ A-12, which is either pronounced “Ex Ash A Twelve” or “Kyle,” depending on who you ask). The spelling is now X Æ A-Xii. That is apparently okay under California law.
  9. Sting did a really nice thing for an ailing retired Buffalo cop. (Via Amber)
  10. Queen’s Brian May apparently had a mild heart attack. He’s okay.
  11. Here’s a good story for anyone interested in the history of CanCon.
  12. More history: Courtney Love when she lived in Liverpool.
  13. And more: Poison’s Brett Michaels on COVID-19 and nearly drowning in Venezuela.
  14. I am SO in agreement with Dr. Dre on this subject.

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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