Random Music News for Monday, January 23, 2017

On this day in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. No argument there. Since then, though… And now, some music news.

  1. Pete Overend, original bassist with Mott the Hoople, has passed away after as the result of stomach cancer. He was 69.
  2. Jaki Liebezeit, co-founder and drummer of the legendary krautrock band Can has died at the age of 78.
  3. Did Prince’s doctor push pills on Guns ‘N Roses drummer Steve Adler? That’s what his mom says.
  4. Madonna would like to clarify what she meant about wanted to “blow up the White House.” Still, the Secret Service would like a word.
  5. Bruce Springsteen says he’s joined “the American resistance.”
  6. Here’s an idea: a mobile recording facility that might ease police tensions in certain communities.
  7. Well, here’s one way to try to improve on “All Star” from Smash Mouth. (Via Tom)
  8. Do you have synesthesia? Here’s a test that sees if you can “hear” flashes of light?
  9. Here’s a device that makes your bike sound like a horse because…I don’t know why.
  10. This camera records “sonic booms of light.”
  11. The drum kit Ringo Starr used on “Love Me Do,” the Beatles first #1, is going up for auction.
  12. The National Enquirer says that Kimye has called in a sex coach.
  13. Apple is said to be working on a new fingerprint reader.
  14. So THAT’S why all those Samsung Galaxy Note 7s kept bursting into flames…
  15. Someone bought Bieber’s Ferrari at auction.
  16. U2’s The Edge was part of all the protests on Saturday. He was in Los Angeles.
  17. Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LI.
  18. That’s all I have for now–unless anyone else has some #alternativefacts, of course.

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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