Random Music News for Monday, May 30, 2016

It’s Memorial Day in the US, meaning that things are a little slower than usual–which also means the volume of email is down 80% from a normal Monday. For that, I’m immensely thankful. And now, the music news.

  1. Scream, Dave Grohl’s last band before Nirvana, is getting a reissue of its last album.
  2. Another article on the weirdness that is Hatsune Miku. Can a hologram be human? (Wasn’t this the basis of the doctor in Starship Voyager?) (Via Tom)
  3. If you’re Ramones fan, you’ll appreciate this New York City event that’s part of the whole 40th-anniversary celebration of their debut album. (Tom again)
  4. Good trivia: How many rock bands can you name that still exist but feature ZERO original members? (Still Tom, who has nothing better to do.)
  5. Another Michael Jackson property is up for sale
  6. …and Sabbath’s Geezer Butler is selling his place in Beverly Hills…
  7. …while Adele is moving in.
  8. So true: Big festivals are running out of headliners (well, at least headliners of the status to which we’ve become accustomed.) (Via Pamela)
  9. Another look at the science of musical revolutions. (Via Douglas)
  10. Salman Rushdie is dating a pop star who likes bondage gear.
  11. Here’s a security alert about ISIS/ISIL/Daeash and concerts.
  12. Judas Priest’s Rob Halford is going to perform with BABYMETAL. (Back to Tom)
  13. Queen’s Brian May has a secret workshop filled with…stuff.
  14. Here’s a great look back the awesomeness of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
  15. Frank Sinatra tried to have who whacked?
  16. There’s going to be a sequel to 1979’s Quadrophenia. Finally we’ll find out what happened to Jimmy. And will Sting sign up to appear?
  17. Vinyl is still doing nicely in Canada, with sales running about 38% ahead of last year.

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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