Random music news for Wednesday, December 21, 2022

First day of winter. Just 91 days to go until the first day of spring. Here’s your solstice music news (December 21, 2022).

  1. RIP Martin Duffy, keyboardist with Primal Scream and Felt.
  2. RIP Shirley Watts, wife of Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie, sixteen months after he died.
  3. Sharon Osbourne seems fine after her weekend medical emergency.
  4. Simon Cowell is associated with Roxi, a new British streaming service.
  5. Amazon Prime has a new TV series that explores NFT culture.
  6. The IRS has announced that it will go after scalpers of Taylor Swift concert tickets.
  7. This is interesting: a list of all rejected James Bond themes. (Radiohead is here.)
  8. Gift idea: A Fred Perry turntable.
  9. Wow. Headphones are getting really, really weird.
  10. Sonic branding: It’ll be a thing in 2023.
  11. If you have a copy of the classic album A Very Special Christmas, here’s the sad story behind it.
  12. This looks like a very different sort of concert.
  13. And the newest artist to debut in the metaverse is…Bing Crosby?
  14. Get a room, you two.

BONUS: Someone decided to investigate what Avatar: The Way of Water was like on shrooms.

BONUS BONUS: Robert DeNiro encountered a real-life Grinch who broke into his house to steal presents from under his tree.

BONUS BONUS BONUS: Live Nation & Ticketmaster: The Monopoly Behind the Concert Industry

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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