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Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On this day in 1970, Charles Manson went on trial for the Tate murders. Remember how he claimed the Beatles messaged him through “Helter Skelter?” And now, some music news.

  1. Here’s the story of the Pulse nightclub, a place “founded on love.”
  2. You may have heard that Filter canceled a show over death threats following the tragedies in Orlando. The promoter is accusing the band overreacting and looking to make headlines.
  3. Promoters of a festival in Australia are being slammed after an attendee lay dead in his car for 12 hours.
  4. Ticketmaster says that when Tragically Hip tickets went on sale to the general public on June 3, 1.3 million people tried to buy them. Talk about demand exceeding supply.
  5. So should be worried about the future of streaming music? These guys from Apple think so.
  6. The Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism trial started yesterday. An eight-person jury was selected and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page showed up in court to watch.
  7. A fifteen-album Weird Al box set? Yep. And it’ll be shaped like an accordion, naturally.
  8. Finally! Trump vs. Morrissey.
  9. The Deftones played a gig for just 20 people–inside a volcano.
  10. Twitter has just made an investment in SoundCloud.
  11. Need to book a DJ? There’s now an app for that.
  12. Interesting: Kanye’s The Life of Pablo has disappeared from Tidal. It’s still on Apple Music and Spotify.
  13. The Foo Fighters are suing Lloyds of London in an insurance dispute over those canceled shows caused by Dave’s broken leg.
  14. RIP guitarist Henry McCullough, a former guitarist with Paul McCartney and Wings. He’d been very ill after a heart attack four years ago. If you remember the line “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time” from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, that was Henry.



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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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