Random Music News for Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Back to work. I know, I know. The first week of January is always THE WORST. Still, we must trudge on. Here’s some music news.

  1. The Canadian killed in the Istanbul club massacre has been identified as Alaa Al-Muhandis of Milton, Ontario.
  2. Bruce Springsteen thinks Donald Trump is mentally incompetent to be president.
  3. Meanwhile, a marching band from a black college is being criticized for accepting an invitation to play at the inauguration.
  4. Who owns the guitar Kurt Cobain played on the MTV Unplugged special? The case is ugly–and it’s going to court.
  5. Of Monsters and Men frontman Austin Carlile has stepped down from the band due to health reasons.
  6. Fifty percent of the Doors will reunite for a 50th anniversary celebration. (The other 50 % is dead.)
  7. George Michael left behind a pretty impressive gallery of homes.
  8. Are these the greatest guitar riffs of all time? Discuss.
  9. Looking for a name for your band? There are plenty of possibilities in this report on Russian hacking.
  10. More than 60 people were injured in a stampede at an Australian music festival.
  11. Pinball punk.

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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