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Published on January 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Random Music News for Monday, January 2, 2017

Has anyone famous died yet this year? Read on to find out. You never know what you’ll find amongst the day’s music news…

  1. “Social media users have hijacked celebrity deaths for self-glorification.” Discuss.
  2. An orchestral director in Rome had a bad Christmas. He was fired for denying the existence of Santa.
  3. These were the best celebrity feuds of 2016
  4. …and these are some of the most outrageous stories of the year.
  5. Here’s a great story about the early, early days of Freddie Mercury’s music career. (Via Warren)
  6. Mean Girls: the musical.
  7. The mother of Pogues frontman Shane McGowan was killed in a car crash yesterday.
  8. Phil Collins is using some controversial electroshock therapy in hopes of making a big comeback.
  9. Here’s a list of some of the weirdest DJ names ever conceived.
  10. Bat squeak squabble.
  11. Wanna buy a Metallica house? Kirk Hammett’s is for sale. How much? How much you got?
  12. Kate Bush talks about being bullied in high school.


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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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