Random Music News for Monday, April 16, 2018

Just $9,000 USD. Look out, Nietzsche: Kanye West is writing a book on philosophy. That is NOT a typo. Interesting premise. This seems to have eluded my attention: Last Wednesday was National 8-Track Day. Ed Sheeran is going to star in a movie set in a world where the Beatles never existed.   She’s 100% correct, too. More nature news: This punk rock turtle is now on the endangered list. Well, this was an awkward moment at the opening night of the Titanic musical. This dude thinks that Beethoven can be improved through speed. (Via Christopher)
The founder of the Hard Rock Cafe just sold an estate in Malibu for $110 million USD. There is going to be an announcement by the Province of Ontario about a new vision for the province’s live music industry tonight at 5pm ET. There is a big war going on over George Michael’s £105 million fortune. Interesting hockey factoid: On this day in 1910, the Boston Arena opened. And yes, they used drones for security at Coachella. It’s the oldest hockey rink still in use. In nature news, male hummingbirds sing with their tail feathers. Had I known, I would have bought a card. No one wanted another Las Vegas-style incident. Beyonce wants media outlets to stick with official pictures from her Coachella performance to avoid another derp incident. Gift idea: one of Justin Bieber’s old combs. Madonna has something to say about ageism. Five people were arrested in Britain for holding an illegal rave in an abandoned Toys R Us. A fire at an LA recording studio claimed two lives. Can it match Anthony Kiedis’ classic, Scar Tissue? Meanwhile, Flea is set to release his memoir. If there are 2.2 billion users, that’s a LOT of accounts. And when it comes to music news on April 16, 2018…

It’s possible that up to 10% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts since the privacy scandal broke.
Random Music News for Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekly survey: If you could go back to see a specific gig from a specific band, what would it be?

Weekly survey: If you could go back to see a specific gig from a specific band, what would it be?
August 4, 1979: Led Zeppelin plays Knebworth, one of their last appearances before John Bonham died. April 16, 1990: Nirvana plays Lee’s Palace with drummer Chad Channing. You can hear the shattering glass at the end of this YouTube clip. At the end of the set, Chad is assaulted by a volley of beer bottles, some of which are thrown at him by Kurt. Late last year I read a fun book called Every Anxious Wave, the story of failed-indie-musician-turned-bar-owner Karl Bender who discovers that he has a portal in his closet that allows people to travel into the past to see any gig by any band at any time. I’ve got a couple. What would be your time travel destination? This is the basis for this week’s survey question. He ends up running a nice secret side business sending music nerds into the past to see shows they missed or ones they need to see again. If you could go back to see one artist perform a specific gig, who, where and when would that be? January 30, 1969: The Beatles play their last-ever gig on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London.

28 years ago today, Nirvana played Lee’s Palace–and it got ugly

28 years ago today, Nirvana played Lee’s Palace–and it got ugly
At the end of the show (check the setlist here), Chad was subjected to a volley of beer bottles that smashed against the wall behind him.   Kurt started it and was joined by the audience. Keeping time that night was the much-abused Chad Channing. On April 16, 1990, Nirvana rolled into Lee’s Palace shortly after laying down some demos in Madison, Wisconsin, with producer Butch Vig. If you skip to the end, you can hear the shattering of glass as poor Chad tried to take shelter. All they knew was Nirvana was this noisy, semi-punky band from someplace in Washington State that recorded for Sub Pop. He wouldn’t join the band for another six months or so. Here’s full audio of that gig. Dave Grohl was still not in the picture. And he endured much abuse that night at Lee’s. Those songs would eventually be re-recorded as Nevermind. Some may even have been aware of the band’s debut album, Bleach. Fans who showed up that Monday night had no idea they were getting a preview of the band that changed the course of rock about 18 months later.