Random Music News for July 30, 2014

I made it home from my parents’ place without incident. Mom sent me on my way with a bunch of frozen fish. Airport security loved that.

  1. A guy who conned $600,000 out of fans for a Pearl Jam/Bruce Springsteen charity album that didn’t exist was sentenced to four years in jail.
  2. Two members of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government. Good luck with that.  On a related note, we haven’t heard much from them about the issues in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, have we?
  3. Here’s an update on the new Tool album that will be released…someday.
  4. Napster still exists, you know.
  5. Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber in a crowded restaurant.
  6. The next two Led Zeppelin reissues–IV and Houses of the Holy–are coming October 28.
  7. There will be a new Nickelback album November 4. Trust me on this.
  8. An engineer reminisces about the development of the compact disc.
  9. Primus is going to remake Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a concept album.
  10. LiveNation Labs?  What’s that all about?
  11. So how should artists be compensated going forward in the digital world?

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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