Random music news for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A scary question: What comes after the Delta variant? Vax up, mask up, and wash your hands. Moving to music news for August 4, 2021…

  1. RIP Charles Connor, the drummer for Little Richard.
  2. The wife of ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill, who died last week at the age of 72, composed this obituary.
  3. Get this: A smartphone with a 108 megapixel camera. Wow.
  4. A bit late, DaBaby. So is this.
  5. Bruce Springsteen’s daughter competed in Olympic equestrian events but didn’t make it through qualifying.
  6. Live Nation says that there is no gag clause in their touring contracts regarding COVID this summer. That’s not what the rumours say.
  7. Bez of The Happy Mondays had COVID. He thought he was going to die.
  8. The drummer for The Offspring says he was fired for not vaxxing, even though he claims pre-existing conditions.
  9. NYC has mandated masks for indoor entertainment venues. Good.
  10. Ted Nugent has resigned from the board of the NRA. Here’s why.
  11. Vancouver is getting a new music venue.
  12. Ooo. A new internet mystery!
  13. And how well will you do identifying these driving songs spelled out as emojis?
  14. Say it ain’t so, BABYMETAL!
  15. No surprise here: Family Guy hates Tucker Carlson so much that…

BONUS: Congrats to Dr. Disc, an indie record store in Hamilton, Ontario, celebrating its 30th anniversary this week!

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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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