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Published on July 11th, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, July 11, 2016

I saw my first back-to-school flyer over the weekend. Too soon. Waaaaay too soon. And now, the music news.

  1. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry is in stable condition after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires show in Brooklyn last night.
  2. Blink-182’s California album has bumped Drake from the stop spot on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. But hey, Views had been there for nine straight weeks.
  3. Saturday’s edition of an Australian newspaper used Taylor Swift references for every single headline.
  4. Tame Impala was pelted with…cushions at a recent gig. Wait. Like, pillows?
  5. The Led Zeppelin/Spirit trial was a disaster for the complainants. Not only did they lose, but the lead attorney has been suspended for misconduct and now Warner has asked for attorney’s fees and costs. (Via Pamela)
  6. Good news for people who love BBC programming: the BBC iPlayer is going global.
  7. Someone is now selling a Flock of Seagulls wig. What took them so long?
  8. Two people died at the T in the Park Festival in the UK.
  9. Here’s a tour of Seattle back in the glory days of grunge.
  10. Guitarist Nick McCarthy is leaving Franz Ferdinand.
  11. Could your next phone/tablet be powered by bacteria?
  12. Meanwhile, an iPad could stop your child’s muscles and bones from developing properly.
  13. Adele sent a flunky on a 140-mile roundtrip for takeout pizza–and then apparently didn’t eat it.
  14. After 40 years, Toto is still around. They seem to have outlasted their haters.
  15. A cool guitar made out of composite materials.



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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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