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Published on December 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Saturday, December 2, 2017

I was supposed to be off to Bangkok today, but the pilot clipped the wing of EVA BR0035 leaving the de-icing area at YYZ and punched a hole in the wing. Four hundred angry people were bussed back to the terminal, sent home or to hotels. Now we’re waiting to find out what’s next. Twenty-four hours of the vacation GONE, just like that.

Here’s music news for December 2.

  1. By the way, Neil Young’s secret Canadian gig was in Omemee, Ontario, the town he referred to in the town “Helpless.” Read about last night gig here.
  2. Was Bono’s 2014 Central Park bicycle accident worse than we were told? There are hints on the new album that it was.
  3. Here’s a look at how U2 functions inside a recording studio.
  4. Meanwhile, who knew that Bono was such a Tom Brady fan?
  5. Last U2 item, I swear. Want to play mini-golf with U2? Enter here.
  6. A good question: In the age of #MeToo, why do R Kelly (and Chris Brown, for that matter,) still have thriving careers?
  7. There are new rules regarding streaming that will affect Billboard’s charts. But what do these new rules really mean?
  8. Here’s a gift for the musician who has everything: A voice-activated bourbon dispenser.
  9. Ed Sheeran to be traded to New Zealand? Not exactly, but
  10. Some Canadian promoters have launched a music festival in Barbados. It’s coming up in April.
  11. So how’s Tony Iommi doing with his cancer? Let’s get an update.
  12. Spotify and China’s Tencent (which runs some of the biggest streaming music companies in the world) are buying a piece of each other. Why? They’re doing this ahead of their IPOs.
  13. That Freddie Mercury biopic has been put on hold because director Bryan Singer is having issues.
  14. A diehard Lorde fan snuck one of her albums into the Louvre.
  15. Well, this isn’t good for Spotify.



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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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