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Published on July 31st, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, July 31, 2017

It was a rough weekend for both of the bull terriers. They both got terribly skunked on Friday night. If this ever happens to your dogs, I highly recommend a product called Skunk-Off. It actually works. And now, the music news for July 31.

  1. If Kid Rock really does run for the US Senate, polls suggest he’ll win in a landslide.
  2. Fire caused by fireworks caused panic at a music festival in Barcelona over the weekend.
  3. Meanwhile, this festival was cancelled on account of mud.
  4. Honolulu has a new law that bans pedestrians from looking at their cell phones.
  5. A Bluetooth shower head? Cool, but do you really need to take a call in the shower?
  6. The Killers have apparently been jamming with Prince Harry for more than a decade.
  7. Relax. Adele and Taylor Swift are NOT on the new Foo Fighters album. Or at least that’s what Dave says. But you know what a joker he can be, right?
  8. Linkin Park’s music is dominating the British charts….
  9. …as well as the Australian charts.
  10. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has installed a Chester Bennington memorial.
  11. Meanwhile, here’s another look at Chester’s contributions to music.
  12. A Beyonce-themed baby shower. Kill me now.
  13. Here’s a story on the band that no one can seem to sign.
  14. This article entitled “Whatever Happened to Indie Rock” agonizes about how the whole genre seems to have lost its way.
  15. Beatles vs. Stones? Oasis vs. Blur? How about REM vs. U2?
  16. Are you a musician and you want to know how blockchain works? Start here. (Via Andrew)
  17. Pandora–an Internet radio service we don’t have in Canada–has figured out which artists are the most popular in each US state. (Andrew again)
  18. YouTube says it would really, really like to mend its relationship with the music industry. (Still Andrew)
  19. This rapper was robbed at gunpoint during a video shoot. He was relieved of a video camera worth $90,000.
  20. The host of a Chinese talent show collapsed on live TV. The audience thought it was part of the act.
  21. Liam Gallagher was asked for ID when he tried to buy smokes. That pissed him off.



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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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One Response to Random Music News for Monday, July 31, 2017

  1. markosaar says:

    The REM vs. U2 link is … not correct!

    Was interested in that one because when I was first approaching alternative, around when Achtung Baby and Automatic for the People were out (I was 10), the two bands seemed to be equivalently huge. Then R.E.M. released Monster which didn’t have the same mainstream appeal and that was that…

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