Random Music News for May 30, 2014

The new puppy, Squirt, arrived home yesterday.  So far, she and her big step-sister Schmooze are getting along famously.

  1. Billy Idol is about to release his autobiography.  It’s called Dancing with Myself, of course.
  2. Check out this previously unreleased Led Zeppelin instrumental from 1969. (Thanks to Michael for the link.)
  3. Why do radio personalities exist?  For good reason, actually.
  4. Iron Maiden will stage a WWI dogfight at one of their gigs.
  5. Well, Jimmy Iovine was going to use his new Apple money to buy the LA Clippers, but it looks like Steve Balmer of Microsoft beat him to it.
  6. Is this the most-hated band in Australia?
  7. Rush has sold their music publishing assets.  The deal is rumoured to be work around $20 million.
  8. A Napster co-founder is alive and well and working in Silicon Valley.
  9. Noel Gallagher’s daughter has a new job as a TV presenter. Feeling old?
  10. Marilyn Manson now has a regular gig on Sons of Anarchy playing a white supremacist.

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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