RIP: Robert Goldstein, co-founder and guitarist in Urban Verbs, at 66, of cancer. A Washington DC-based new wave band, Urban Verbs came to prominence in the early ‘80s. Goldstein’s guitar style reportedly influenced that of U2’s The Edge. He was previously in The Look, and later recorded scores for films, theater, and television. He was NPR’s Music Librarian for 20 years.
RIP: Guy Nadon, Montreal-based jazz drummer. On October 10 at age 82, of kidney disease. Referred to as Quebec’s 'King of Drums,' he worked as a musician for over 60 years, appearing regularly at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He last played there in June with organizers billing it as a "33rd and final victory lap." In 1998, he won the Oscar Peterson Award, and in 1992 he was the subject of a 1992 documentary entitled, Le roi du drum, made by Quebec filmmaker Serge Giguère. Those paying FB tribute included peer Guido Basso and jazz scribe Mark Miller. Sources: CBC News, Facebook.
-- The first weekend of the Desert Trip superstar fest in Indio, California is in the books. The event, promoted by Goldenvoice, sold out in five hours, with attendance capped at around 75,000 per day. Ticket prices started at $199 US for a single day admission. The six acts, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, the Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, will return to the stage for shows Oct. 14-16.
-- It certainly hasn’t had the impact of Record Store Day, but the fourth annual International Cassette Store Day on Saturday confirmed there’s renewed life in the old format. A brand new cassette-themed store, Dupe Shop, opened in Toronto then, while one other T.O. store, Shortstack Records, celebrated the day too. No word yet on an 8-Track Store Day!
-- Sarah McLachlan has had great success with two earlier Christmas albums, so why not go for a three-peat? The golden-voiced star has completed Wonderland, to be released for the holiday season. One track will feature Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright, while Canada’s oldest festive song, “Huron Carol,” will also be reprised.
-- When it comes to Donald J. Trump, Just Say No. 30 Days, 30 Songs has appeared on the internet with support from some big names in the music industry. It’s designed as a rallying call for all music lovers to vote against Republican presidential candidate Trump. Death Cab For Cutie has become the first band to contribute to the project, which will release a new anti-Donald Trump song each day in the run up to the US presidential election on 8 Nov.
-- Coldplay has announced 18 new concert tour stops in 2017, including Montreal (August 8), Toronto (August 21), Edmonton (September 26) and Vancouver (September 29), representing the group's first Canadian concerts since 2012. The entire tour will finish off in California at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium
-- Eclectic rootsy singer/songwriter Coco Love Alcorn is getting a very positive reaction to new album Wonderland, released last month. A western tour has wrapped, and eastern dates commence on Oct. 27 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Dates include The Carleton in Halifax (Oct. 30) and a closing show at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Nov. 24. A standout album track, "The River" has already become a favourite with choirs across the country.