Random Music News for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It was 35 years ago today that eleven fans were trampled and suffocated to death at a Who concert in Cincinnati.

  1. AC/DC’s Phil Rudd is going to trial. So no tour for him, then?
  2. Dave Grohl will be on The Daily Show tonight.
  3. Metal bass player ruptures testicle while onstage.
  4. Here’s an interesting interview with Hasidic rapper, Matisyahu.
  5. The first four headliners have been announced for the 2015 Junos in Hamilton.
  6. If you haven’t been following the Pomplamoose touring expenses “scandal,” get caught up here. This has really turned weird.
  7. This is a good study on bands and brands by Next Big Sound, an online music analytics company. Their findings about Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl performance are especially interesting. (Via FYI Music News)
  8. Speaking of which, here’s a related story from the LA Times.
  9. Elton John says he hates crowds.
  10. So North Korea hacked into Sony. What did they take?
  11. Stephen Hawking finally got a new voice.
  12. Feeling pious? Here’s a rap song made entirely from lines in the bible. Not very gangsta, as you might expect.
  13. Jimmy Iovine keeps acquiring more and more power. Now he’s on the board of Live Nation.
  14. It’s Taylor Swift vs. a Victoria’s Secret model. Who won?
  15. Just in case you needed an all-male version of Beyonce’s “7/11” video, here it is.
  16. Lady Gaga reveals she was raped.

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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