Random Music News for Friday, April 22, 2016

Almost all of today’s music news is consumed with stories of Prince. But there are a few other things going on.

  1. Okay, here’s another Prince story: The time when Prince almost made it onto The Simpsons.
  2. And here’s some reading we should do on Prince.
  3. Finally, the last pictures taken of Prince before he died. Things looked normal.
  4. Roxette has cancelled all their touring plans forevermore because of illness.
  5. Survey says that 72% of Millennials (in the US, anyway) listen to Spotify. This infographic explains how they listen.
  6. Queen’s Brian May has launched a new campaign to save the English hedgehog.
  7. How drunk to you have to be to get kicked out of a Guns ‘N Roses Coachella after party? THIS drunk.
  8. Led Zeppelin once sued a bar in Colorado over an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band. “Stealing!” the allegation.
  9. The elder statesmen Coachalla event–the only featuring performers around 70 years of age and older (Dylan, McCartney, The Who, etc.)–is apparently confirmed.
  10. Canadian indie band Viet Cong, who were criticized for their insensitive choice of name, will now be known as Preoccupations.
  11. The co-founder of sampling rabblerousers Negativland has died.
  12. Renovations have begun at the Bataclan in Paris.
  13. One more postmortem on the first season of Vinyl.
  14. Kanye and porn. Click if you must. (Thanks a lot, Tom)

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.

2 thoughts on “Random Music News for Friday, April 22, 2016

  • April 22, 2016 at 10:22 am
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    Hey…it’s a full moon. I am apparently not responsible for my actions, which include that Kanye post. 🙂

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  • April 22, 2016 at 11:12 am
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    I have not seen Vinyl yet but am looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s ( Moulin Rouge ) The Get Down on Netflix which covers some of the same time period as Vinyl the late 70s – from the beginning of hip-hop to the end of disco.

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