Random music news for Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The battle between Star Wars and Star Trek has been taken to a whole new level. Now let’s concentrate on music news for September 23, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Some people are optimistic about a big return to live music.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Who can we blame for the rise in COVID-19 cases in the UK? Noel Gallagher, apparently.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: They never learn. A large indoor country concert is planned for South Dakota. And this superspreader event is being sponsored by a health care company. I am not making that up.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Roadies are out of work thanks to COVID-19, so roadies from Slipknot, the Deftones, and Guns N’ Roses have formed a band.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Musicians vs. the state of New York over ticketed gigs.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: About a third of UK musicians are thinking about getting out of the business because of COVID-19.
  7. Cardi B is being sued by some MAGA supporters.
  8. ABBA has reunited in London to prepare for their hologram tour.
  9. Neil Young has a massive box set coming this way.
  10. A Spinal Tap sequel? Please, no. The original was perfect.
  11. Wanna buy Quibi?
  12. REM has launched a voter registration drive.
  13. Marilyn Manson: Absinthe = bad.
  14. Gord Downie started a book in the months before he died but ended up abandoning it.
  15. Here are the week’s Canadian online radio charts.

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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