Random Music News for September 1, 2014

It’s so unfair that the first day after Labour Day is September 2! I’m feeling very ripped off.

  1. You know when that bridge was closed in Dublin last weekend? It was definitely for a U2 video shoot.
  2. Kate Bush has set a new UK chart record. Eight of her albums are in the Top 40 and two are in the Top 10.
  3. Want Lorde to perform at your house? Sure! That’ll be $300,000, please.
  4. Kings of Leon cancel two more shows because of that weird bus accident.
  5. Anvil drummer Robb Reiner gets a gallery show for his paintings.
  6. Is New Order thinking of collaborating with James Murphy? That could be interesting…
  7. Using the experience gained in turning around their Canadian operation, HMV comes roaring back in the UK.
  8. What’s the best Ramones album of all?
  9. Jessica Simpson is getting back into music. Oh, good.
  10. The price for the WKRP in Cincinatti re-release (with 85% of the music restored) has been set at less than $100 CAD.
  11. Royal Blood is the best-selling rock band in the UK–and it’s been three years since a rock band has done this well in Britain. Best pay attention, then.


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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