Random Music News for Saturday, May 20, 2017

And how’s the May 2-4 weekend for you so far? (I had to explain the “2-4” reference to a non-Canadian. Her reply “But don’t Canadians get drunk every weekend?”) And now, the music news for May 20.

  1. Iron Maiden fans won’t be hearing this song in concert for a while.
  2. I offered this guest post this week: “5 Musical Facts That Will Stun You.”
  3. I wonder if old rock stars cringe with fear when stories like this come out?
  4. Did Noel Gallagher neglect to invite his own mom to his 50th birthday party? Or is Liam just spouting off?
  5. Donald Trump will be serenaded at a men-only concert in Saudi Arabia by…Toby Keith?
  6. Need help understanding when Donald Trump lies? Let’s call in Jimmy Kimmel.
  7. Katy Perry pulled a pretty cool prank on people at a NYC museum.
  8. The next Beatles album to get the big reissue treatment will be the White album. That will be huge.
  9. Aerosmith met Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  10. The war between the music industry and YouTube continues. And it’s ugly.
  11. A Harvard student has submitted a rap album as his senior thesis.
  12. The newest thing in vinyl? Vintage video game music.
  13. How’s this for a music venue? Leave it to the French to create something this beautiful.
  14. And speaking of music venues
  15. Now Apple is calling for restrictions on free music streaming.
  16. Need a new dance move? Try this.
  17. Damn kids. Get off my lawn.
  18. A millionaire’s son died of a heroin overdose at a mansion once owned by The Who’s John Entwhistle.
  19. Fun: An oral history of #.

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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