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Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, August 04, 2017

This summer long weekend is a strange one. Not everyone gets Monday off, so spare a thought for those folks. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for August 4.

  1. Chester Bennington’s death certificate has been issued. Cause of death is listed as hanging by a belt.
  2. Bandcamp is donating today’s proceeds to the Transgender Law Center.
  3. Gene Simmons to Justin Bieber: “Get a life and stop complaining.”
  4. Tom DeLonge: Hunter of sexual predators.
  5. Would Primus still exist had they not done the theme for South Park? “Probably not,” they say.
  6. Even if you’re not a fan of Phish, there’s a lot to be learned from their residency at Madison Square Garden.
  7. A new survey says that 51% of Canadians refuse to check email when they’re on vacation. I’m definitely in the 49%.
  8. Bob Dylan, the musical. And it’s apparently really good.
  9. Taylor Swift has finally faced her accused groper.
  10. What the heck is going on with this mysterious Russian radio station?
  11. In a first, Gene Simmons announces that he’s NOT going sue to someone. Perhaps because that someone is a cow.
  12. Justin Bieber explains why he canceled the rest of his tour.
  13. Damon Albarn’s daughter Missy has formed a band with her friend Pepper, daughter of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.
  14. Spotify looks set to end the year with 70 million subscriptions. As for making a profit, that’s another story.
  15. Composer Burt Bacharach is calling for changes to the laws surrounding plagiarism. I agree completely.
  16. Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist, is selling this place in California.



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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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