Random music news for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Happy 153rd, Canada. Here’s what’s happening in music news for July 1, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Not music-related but fun. We may have reached “peak hair.”
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Remember Garth Brooks’ drive-in concert last weekend? About 350,000 fans turned out at venues across North America. At about $100 per car…
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Now the Rolling Stones want to try it.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: And there’s a new drive-in concert venue in Toronto.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Drive-ins are old news. The newest new venue is a hotel balcony.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Good luck with that, Kid Rock.
  7. TikTok: “What? We’re not spying on anyone. Honest!”
  8. This is going to be a fun debate in the US: Should “The Star-Spangled Banner” be replaced as the American national anthem?
  9. How’s this for a podcast title: “I Just Bought Myself a Pocket Synth and I’m Gonna Sell My Beats to Drake.” Listen here.
  10. Real-time lyric displays on Spotify? The feature debuts in 26 markets today–but not Canada.
  11. I was on another podcast! Watch it here.
  12. Pearl Jam offered a tribute to the nine fans who were killed during their set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, twenty years ago yesterday.
  13. Nirvana jigsaw puzzles? Everyone’s getting into this kind of merch these days.
  14. What are you up to, Soundgarden?
  15. The bassist of Maroon 5 has been arrested on domestic violence charges.

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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