Random Music News for Tuesday, July 5, 2016

If Dolly the Sheep was still with us, she’d be 20 years old today. And now, the music news.

  1. Prophets of Rage say that Zack De La Rocha is welcome to join the band “any time.” Think he will? No, me neither.
  2. Things aren’t going so well for Gwen Stefani’s upcoming tour. In some places, ticket prices have been cut to $10.
  3. Damon Albarn was involved in an emotional reunion of Syrian musicians.
  4. The Avett Brothers True Sadness album finished at the top of the American SoundScan sales chart by selling just 43,000 records last week. Yikes.
  5. Primus and Puscifer drummer Tim Alexander has had another heart attack.
  6. Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson’s ex, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  7. A band canceled a show in Delaware minutes before showtime because two unknown men made threats against the venue. What’s wrong with people?
  8. Further to that point: there were 27 reports of sexual assault at a Swedish music festival.
  9. Liam Gallagher has asked Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid to help with Our Kid’s solo album.
  10. Lollapalooza Colombia has been canceled. None of the headliners want to go to South America. Many are scared of zika.
  11. A new Canadian vinyl pressing plant is ready to go online.
  12. Tuesday fun: a history of musical sexual innuendos.
  13. July 25th has been declared Tragically Hip Day in Vancouver.
  14. Could iPhones help with organ donations?
  15. Sarah McLachlan saved Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC. Here’s how.

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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