Random Music News for Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The days are starting to get longer! Spring can’t be too far away, can it?

[NOTE: WordPress is behaving funny this morning and isn’t allowing me to embed links. Working on it. – AC]

  1. The weird cases of female pop stars accused of being men.
  2. Why does The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keep snubbing metal artists? (Via Tom)
  3. So are Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow moving towards a reconciliation? Details: http://www.music-news.com/ShowNews.asp?nItemID=85928
  4. Phil Rudd wants his job in AC/DC back. Details: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/acdc-phil-rudd-i-want-my-job-back-20141222
  5. Remember that stage accident during a Sugarland show in Indianapolis that killed seven people back in the summer of 2011? The lawsuit has been settled for $39 million. That’ll have an impact on promoter liability premiums–and thus on the price of concert tickets.  Details:  http://www.cmt.ca/news/39-million-settlement-reached-in-sugarland-stage-accident/
  6. Is using Justin Bieber’s music as a defensive weapon against the Geneva Convention? Maybe. Details: http://i.imgur.com/niZH2s4.jpg
  7. David Fincher is going to direct an HBO comedy show all about the music video industry in LA during the 1980s.  It’s called Living on Video, of course. Maybe Canada’s Trans-X will get some coin for their song of the same name.  Details: http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2014/12/22/david-fincher-to-direct-hbo-series-about-music-videos-in-the-80s/
  8. The guys at Banger Films (you know them from Headbanger’s Journey, their tour doc on Iron Maiden and their Rush profile, Beyond the Lighted Stage, among others) have finally made their Heavy Metal Family Tree as a poster.  Buy it here: http://bangerfilms.bigcartel.com/
  9. The high school friend who made Taylor Swift bitter and set her on the road to writing all those best-selling bad boyfriend songs.  Details: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2884564/The-high-school-boyfriend-left-Taylor-Swift-close-pal-inspired-one-star-s-bitter-songs.html

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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