Random Music News for Monday, January 22, 2018

It was on January 22, 1984, that this commercial ran once. It was during Super Bowl XVIII. It’s still one of the most famous commercials ever.

And now, some music news.

  1. Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral is scheduled for the Church of St Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, on Tuesday. It will be very quiet and family-only.
  2. A group of mourners gathered in Ireland to remember Dolores.
  3. Dolores’ boyfriend posted this tribute.
  4. Jim Rodford, who played bass with the Zombies, the Kinks and Argent, is dead at the age of 76 after a fall at his home.
  5. Tom Petty’s home in LA is up for sale. It’s very nice.
  6. And Rod Stewart is selling this 26-acre pile.
  7. A bunch of North Korean pop stars toured through South Korean Olympic sites ahead of the two countries’ joint appearance. This will be interesting.
  8. Monday timesuck: a run through some cool cover songs.
  9. Chris Martin is going to be the best man when Gwyneth Paltrow remarries.
  10. A great look back at the recording of the Rollings Stones’ Exile on Main Street.
  11. And Simon and Garfunkel’s soundtrack to The Graduate turns 50 this year. Here’s a story on that.
  12. Sting is in talks to play the tailgate party at the Super Bowl.
  13. John Fogerty has a problem with the movie Proud Mary.
  14. And still speaking of movies, Netflix is determined to turn the Motley Crue bio The Dirt into a movie.
  15. Have you noticed a subtle back-to-basics approach in some areas of music? I like it.
  16. And here’s Will.i.am’s take on sexism in the music industry. He’s not wrong.
  17. The polka king Ponzi scheme. Wait–what?

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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