Random music news for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

If things get much worse, you may want to invest in one of these. Think about that as you peruse music news for July 8, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, and Live may be used as a test case for resuming international touring.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Slipknot, Tool, Nickelback, and Metallica all received pandemic assistant loans of up to US$1 million.
  3. This mashup both weird and brilliant at the same time. (Via Brent)
  4. Beats by Dr. Dre has responded to Donald Trump’s attack on NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace by sponsoring his car.
  5. TikTok, a Chinese company, is pulling out of Hong Kong as the result of new data laws.
  6. “For Lesbians, TikTok Is ‘the Next Tinder.” Discuss.
  7. Meanwhile, the US is looking at banning TikTok and other Chinese-based social media.
  8. Here’s video of Rage Against the Machine’s Zack De La Rocha playing in his old band, Hard Stance.
  9. There’s more news about the departure of singer Tom Meighan from Kasabian.
  10. Oh, Madonna. (Via Tom)
  11. Has Spotify made some dumb deals?
  12. Remember when former Ontario premier Bob Rae recorded a song in 1994? That track was covered by an Ontario power pop band. And now that Mr. Rae is our new ambassador to the United Nations, it might be worth revisiting that cover. (Via Mark who was in that band.)
  13. Martin Scorsese is working on a documentary on David Johansen of the New York Dolls.
  14. After 58 years, Ringo Starr and Pete Best may make up.

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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