Random Music News for Saturday, May 27, 2017

I’m spending part of the weekend listening to the new reissue of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album. Damn, it’s good. (Speaking of which, here’s a cool story about the album cover.) And now, the music news for May 27.

  1. The Manchester bomber apparently used his student loan to build his bomb.
  2. What’s wrong with people, part 1: Ariana Grande is being trolled on social media for canceling the rest of her tour. That means the terrorists win, apparently.
  3. What’s wrong with people, part 2: Still more people are trying to book room 1136 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. They’re called “dark tourists.”
  4. Liam Gallagher is going to donate proceeds from a Manchester gig to the families of the victims.
  5. Is pop-punk the new obsession that will transform rap? Maybe.
  6. Rod Stewart is building a 50-ft pool so his 11-year-old son can train to be an Olympic athlete.
  7. Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones had a lesion removed from his lung.
  8. A new recording of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” will feature his 10-month-old grandson. Seriously.
  9. This $9,000 USD bottle of scotch comes with a side of jazz.
  10. And here’s some audio gear that comes with a side of beer.
  11. Remember Rockwell and his song “Somebody’s Watching Me?” He was arrested after a fight about a sandwich.
  12. Spotify has settled a class action suit filed by Cracker’s David Lowery and others. Another bit of business cleaned up on the way to an IPO.

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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