Random Music News for Saturday, June 5, 2016

Ali. If you were around when he was fighting, you’ll know what a hero he was to many, many, many millions around the planet. I still remember the chant in Zaire in ’74: “ALI BOMA YE!”

And on the music news front…

  1. Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie was hurt when he fell from some stage scaffolding during a festival performance. It’s his back, apparently.
  2. Following all kinds of drug issues and deaths, the mayor of Tampa wants an EDM festival to be permanently canceled.
  3. Meanwhile, Live Nation has canceled a bunch of shows after the shooting at a T.I. concert in NYC.
  4. Here comes the Spice Girls reunion.
  5. Looking for a job in the music industry? How about this one?
  6. Here’s one of the great rock’n’roll scams: The fake Zombies.
  7. This is a sample of U2’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray shot in Paris.
  8. Wow. Harsh Hip words.
  9. And harsh words for Ticketmaster over Hip ticket sales, too.
  10. Slipknot’s Cory Taylor needs “unscheduled spinal surgery.”
  11. Tony Visconti: “Brilliant Bowie music is on the way.”
  12. An extinct species of otter has been named after the Dead’s Bob Weir. (Via Tom)
  13. Macklemore is doing a doc on the dangers of opiate addiction.
  14. There’s a new Kanye track out there. Surprise!

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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