The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 934: Rock's most mysterious musicians

Once upon a time in the ancient days, before social media and the internet, all musicians were mysterious. Outside of seeing them live, our only connections with them were through their music, the liner notes on albums, the album artwork, stories in music magazines, and whatever rumours were floating around.

Yes, there were the occasional TV appearances, but relative to today, those were quite rare. In fact, it wasn’t really until music videos started to become a thing in the early 80s that fans began to grasp what their idols looked like in a major way. And consider this: It wasn’t until MTV and MuchMusic started interviewing musicians that we began to discover what their speaking voices sounded like.

Today, though, there are no secrets. Artists are in constant touch with their fanbase through social media. Fans are constantly trading news online. There are a billion sites for music news. Camera phones are everywhere. We live in a world of oversharing and TMI.

Hell, even KISS–a band that spent its first decade hiding behind make-up as a way of creating myth and legend, essentially inventing the concept of the mysterious, unknowable rock star–gave up on that idea in the 80s.

However, I’m happy to report that there are still some mysteries, artists who have managed not only to maintain a sense of distance from their fans but also to enjoy some carefully-protected anonymity. Some of them successfully obfuscated their identities through disguise and subterfuge. Others have disappeared into a hermit-like existence where they remain beyond the reach of the general public while still somehow releasing material and maintaining a fanbase.

Who are these artists? And how do they manage to stay out of the limelight? These are rock’s most mysterious musicians.

Songs heard on this show:

  • The Residents, Constantinople
  • Kate Bush, Running Up That Hill
  • The La’s, There She Goes
  • The KLF, What Time is Love?
  • Manic Street Preachers, Faster
  • Jandek, 12 Minutes Since February 32nd
  • Daft Punk, Around the World
  • Slipknot, Psychosocial
  • Ghost, Dance Macabre

And here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist. The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

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2nd man accused of manslaughter in death of Gabriel Neil remains at large: police

More than two and a half months after a 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of a Western University freshman, a second suspect facing the same charge in the case remains at large, police said Thursday.

Haroun Raselma, 19, has been the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant for manslaughter since Sept. 17, issued in connection with the assault and subsequent death of Gabriel Neil, 18, less than a week earlier.

Police say Neil, a first-year health science student, was critically injured after being assaulted around 2 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 11 near Sarnia and Western roads, just off the university’s campus. Neil was transported to hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

A 21-year-old man, Aliyan Ahmed, was arrested the day of the assault and charged with manslaughter. He was later released on $10,000 bail with strict conditions during a court hearing on Sept. 16. Ahmed is set to appear in court on Dec. 13.

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In an update Thursday, police stated they have so far been unable to locate Raselma in connection with the case, adding the 19-year-old is known to have ties to both the London and Montreal areas.

“We implore him to contact a lawyer and surrender himself to police,” Det. Sgt. Sean Travis, officer in charge of the London police major crime section, said in a statement.

Police issued a photograph of Raselma in their appeal for information along with a description of the 19-year-old, which can be found on the London Police Service website.

Anyone with information is asked to contact London police at 519-661-5670, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Gabriel Neil

Gabriel Neil

Supplied by family

Details remain limited about what occurred on the morning of the incident. Police have declined to issue further details as the matter is before the courts.

In a statement issued shortly after his death, Neil’s family described the 18-year-old as a “gentle and kind soul who made friends wherever he went.”

“He was excited to be starting his first year of Kinesiology at Western and had aspirations of one day becoming a doctor,” the statement read.

Police stressed that Neil’s death, the city’s tenth homicide of 2021, was not in any way linked to allegations of mass drugging and sexual assaults on Western’s campus that were reported the same weekend.

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How Lizzo Got Her ‘Confidence Back,’ Talks Friendship With Adele: ‘She’s Given Me Really Good Advice’ 

Lizzo is feeling “good as hell” as she enters a new era.

The singer is finally about to take the stage again after the pandemic put a stop to performing on tour.

“I felt like I was going to be rusty, but it’s almost like second nature,” Lizzo told People magazine. “I’ve learned to trust myself and trust my body again. My confidence was shook a little bit over this time, like, ‘Will people care? Are people going to show up?’ They proved me wrong. I got my confidence back.”


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The three-time Grammy winner broke into the mainstream in 2019, and explained what it was like to experience her new-found fame.

“I let go of the part of myself I lost — being anonymous, privacy — but I’ve gained so much,” Lizzo, 33, said. “My dreams are coming true. People love my music. That’s all I ever wanted. I was really hungry back then, burning the candle at both ends.”


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The “Truth Hurts” singer added, “Now I have this sort of calm to me, like: ‘You’ve done it. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.'”

Lizzo is working on her second major-label LP and already gave fans a taste of her new music when she released the summer collab “Rumors” with Cardi B, the first single off her new album.

“The commercial success I think is where the pressure is. Everyone’s like, ‘You gotta have the same type of No. 1s and Grammys.’ First of all, I didn’t expect none of that, so I’m not expecting it this time, either,” Lizzo explained. “What I do expect of myself is to make great music, and I’ve done that.”


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Lizzo also chimed in on the talk of the industry: Adele.

“I met her at a birthday party or a Grammy party — I can’t remember where because I was drunk at both,” Lizzo said of her friendship with the singer. “She’s been through similar things that I have, and she’s given me really good advice.

“We have very similar personalities and the way we think, and we just connected in that way. We’re both supreme divas. We know our worth — and we’re also both Tauruses!”

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Manitoba premier delivers first state of the province address

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson will deliver her first state of the province address Thursday.

Exactly one month after being sworn in as premier, Stefanson is scheduled to make her first address at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon at 12:40 p.m.

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Global News will stream the event live in this story.

The premier is expected to take questions from reporters following her speech at 1:30 p.m.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs Stunning Cover Of Blake Shelton’s ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking’

Kelly Clarkson may not see eye to eye with Blake Shelton on “The Voice” but she’s a fan of his music.

The singer belted out the country crooner’s 2010 hit “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” on the latest “Kellyoke” segment on “The Kelly Clarkson Show”.


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Clarkson once again showed off her impressive vocals as she sang along to the lyrics with her band Y’all. The star donned a red patterned dress for the performance as lights shone behind her.

Clarkson and Shelton are pals really, but they’ve had a fair few fights on “The Voice” this season.

During the Blind Auditions back in September, fellow coaches Ariana Grande and John Legend even had to jokingly leave the set at one point after Clarkson and Shelton bickered about who knew more about country music.

Clarkson’s latest “Kellyoke” comes after she recently covered tracks, including Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees”, the “Ghostbusters” theme song, and Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love”.

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Premier Jason Kenney hires lawyers over Alberta inquiry environmentalist lawsuit threat

Premier Jason Kenney is being accused by environmental organizations of spreading misinformation and they are demanding an apology. It's all tied to Alberta's public inquiry into their activities. Tom Vernon has the details.

The Alberta government has hired a private law firm to defend Premier Jason Kenney after several environmental groups threatened him with a defamation lawsuit.

Paul Champ, a lawyer for the environmentalists, says he’s been notified that the province has retained counsel.

The lawsuit threat was made in a letter to Kenney last month by eight groups who allege the premier deliberately twisted the findings of a public inquiry into their activities and funding sources.

The inquiry, headed by Steve Allan, found the groups were exercising their freedom of speech.

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But the groups say that in public statements, social media posts and government websites, Kenney falsely accused them of spreading misinformation about Alberta’s energy industry.

Champ says the move will delay the filing of a statement of claim against Kenney as his lawyers take time to review the facts and advise him.

The groups are asking for an apology, the posts to be taken down and the websites rewritten.

The Allan inquiry cost taxpayers $3.5 million.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

COVID-19: MLHU reports 27 cases; SWPH reports 29 cases, 1 death

Jump to: HospitalizationsOutbreaksSchoolsVaccinations and testingOntarioElgin and OxfordHuron and PerthSarnia and Lambton

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 27 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, though the total case count climbed by 29 to 14,934, the discrepancy likely due to data cleanup.

There are currently 168 active cases (an increase of 10), 14,514 recoveries (an increase of 19) and 252 deaths (unchanged).

The most recent deaths were reported Nov. 22 and involved an unvaccinated man in his 60s and a fully vaccinated woman in her 80s.

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The rate of active cases among those aged 18 to 24 is now the highest, with 25 cases working out to 47.4 cases per 100,000 population. The rate of cases among those under age 11 is 43.5 per 100,000, or 28 cases. Children aged five to 11 have only been eligible for vaccination since Nov. 26 while those kids under four are ineligible.

Information on local variant of concern data can be found by visiting the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London page and clicking on the “Case Status” tab.


London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is caring for 18 inpatients with COVID-19, with eight in adult critical care or the intensive care unit, as of Thursday.

On Nov. 29, LHSC chief medical officer Dr. Adam Dukelow reiterated that, over the previous four weeks, roughly two-thirds of LHSC’s COVID-19 admissions came from outside of London-Middlesex.

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There were five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19 in LHSC’s Children’s Hospital, with five or fewer in pediatric critical care as of Thursday.

Five or fewer staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is reporting zero cases involving health-care workers.


The MLHU is reporting an outbreak at Fanshawe College’s Merlin House residence, declared Nov. 28, and at Western University’s Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence, declared Nov. 27.

As of Monday, the outbreak at Western involved eight students. Three cases were associated with the Fanshawe outbreak as of Monday.


The following schools have active cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (one case)
  • Glen Cairn Public School (one case)
  • Mountsfield Public School (two cases)
  • Ryerson Public School (one case)
  • St. Andre Bessette Secondary School (one case)
  • St. George’s Public School (one case)
  • St. Jude Catholic School (one case)
  • Tecumseh Public School (two cases)
  • West Oaks French Immersion Public School (one case)

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The following child-care and early years centres have active cases associated with them, says the MLHU:

  • London Bridge: Huron Heights Early Childhood Learning Centre (one case)

The health unit says at least 277 cases have been reported since the start of the school year involving elementary and secondary schools, as well as child-care and early years centres.

Vaccinations and testing

According to the MLHU, 90.2 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of Nov. 27 while 87.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The MLHU is providing additional data now that vaccinations have opened for those aged five to 11. Among the entire population age five and over, 83.3 per cent of the population has had at least one dose while 80.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

As for the vaccination status of cases, the MLHU says unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 47.09 per cent of all cases (243 of 516) and 47.37 per cent of hospitalizations (nine of 19) since Oct. 21.

Of the seven COVID-19-related deaths reported in the last six weeks, four involved individuals who were unvaccinated, one involved someone partially vaccinated and one involved someone who was fully vaccinated.

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On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country; transportation support for those in need; and more.

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about the locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 2.1 per cent for the week of Nov. 21, up from 1.6 per cent for the week of Nov. 14.


Ontario reported 959 cases Thursday, of which 446 involved unvaccinated individuals.

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According to Thursday’s report, 118 cases were recorded in Toronto, 91 in Windsor-Essex, 75 each in Peel Region and Simcoe Muskoka, 59 in Ottawa, and 53 in York Region. All other health units had fewer than 50 cases.

Seven more deaths were reported by the province on Thursday.

Test positivity hit 2.9 per cent. Last week, test positivity was at 2.6 per cent.

Elgin and Oxford

On Thursday, Southwestern Public Health reported:

  • 5,411 total cases (an increase of 29 cases)
  • 169 active cases (a decrease of one)
  • 5,143 resolved cases (an increase of 29)
  • 99 deaths to date (an increase of one)

The death reported Thursday involved a woman in her 50s from Elgin County, a SWPH spokesperson told Global News.

This is the second death reported this week. A death was also reported Monday involving a woman in her 80s from Elgin County. Further details can be found on SWPH’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Within SWPH’s jurisdiction, new restrictions announced earlier this week for Aylmer, Bayham, Blandford-Blenheim, Malahide, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg and West Elgin come into effect Thursday.

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Of the 169 active cases in the region, 82 were in Elgin County (including 54 in St. Thomas, 14 in Aylmer and 10 in Bayham) and 87 were in Oxford County (including 29 in Woodstock and 25 in Tillsonburg).

SWPH does not disclose the vaccination status of individuals but told Global News on Nov. 9 that roughly 78 per cent of active cases at the time involved individuals who were not fully vaccinated.

Eight people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with five in the ICU as of Thursday.

SWPH declared an outbreak at Caressant Care Bonnie Place in St. Thomas on Nov. 28, involving three resident cases and four staff cases.

An outbreak at Aylmer Retirement Residence, declared Nov. 18, involving eight resident cases and two staff cases, is ongoing.

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Information on school cases can be found on the websites of the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 5.9 per cent for the week of Nov. 21, up from 5.4 per cent for the week of Nov. 14.

As of Nov. 30, 75.3 per cent of those aged five and older in the region were fully vaccinated while 77.9 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on where and how to get vaccinated can be found on the health unit’s website.

Huron and Perth

Global News is awaiting Thursday’s data from Huron Perth Public Health.

On Wednesday, Huron Perth Public Health reported:

  • 2,568 total cases (an increase of eight)
  • 64 active cases (an increase of four)
  • 2,434 recoveries (an increase of four)
  • 70 deaths to date (unchanged)

The most recent death was reported Nov. 29 and involved a community member and was connected to a workplace outbreak, according to a spokesperson for the health unit.

Among the 64 active cases, 41 were reported in North Perth and eight in Perth East. Full case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

There were five people hospitalized with COVID-19 and there was one active case involving a health-care worker as of Wednesday.

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HPPH is reporting six outbreaks, involving three schools, one child-care centre and two workplaces.

  • An outbreak at North Perth Westfield ES in North Perth, declared Nov. 30, involves two students.
  • An outbreak at North Perth Westfield Before and After Program, declared Nov. 29, involves two students.
  • An outbreak at Elma Township Public School in North Perth, declared Nov. 23, involves 21 students.
  • An outbreak at North Perth Spinrite Child and Family Centre in North Perth, declared Nov. 22, involves three child cases.

No further information was provided about the workplace outbreaks.

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Data on school cases can be found on the websites of the Avon-Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 3.6 per cent for the week of Nov. 21, up from 2.9 per cent for the week of Nov. 14.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Nov. 28, 83.4 per cent of those aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 85.9 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

On Thursday, Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported:

  • 4,394 total cases (an increase of 10)
  • 43 active cases (an increase of three)
  • 4,274 resolved cases (an increase of seven)
  • 77 deaths (unchanged)

The most recent death was reported Nov. 30 and involved someone in their 80s who died in hospital.

As of Thursday, three COVID-19 patients were in the care of Bluewater Health.

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LPH is reporting two active outbreaks.

A workplace outbreak was declared Nov. 28 and involves two cases. No further information was provided.

An outbreak declared Nov. 28 at Generations Day Care’s St. Philip Site is ongoing and involves fewer than five cases.

A previously-reported outbreak at Bluewater Health hospital, declared Nov. 18 and involving fewer than five patient cases and fewer than five staff cases, was listed as resolved as of Dec. 1.

All active cases at schools within the Lambton Kent District School Board can be found online, as can cases at schools within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

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The test positivity rate for the week of Nov. 21 was 2.8 per cent, up slightly from 2.7 per cent the week prior.

Among area residents aged 12 and older, 82.1 per cent are fully vaccinated and 84.7 per cent have had at least one dose.

Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments or find information on vaccine availability at pharmacies using the health unit’s registration page. People can also contact the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

— with files from Global News’ Sawyer Bogdan and Gabby Rodrigues

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B.C. flooding: Cleanup underway as Abbotsford recovers from trio of storms

More evacuation alerts as B.C. Interior residents rush to repair dikes and clean up their homes before the weather takes a turn for the worse. Aaron McArthur reports.

Cleanup efforts are underway in Abbotsford, B.C., on Thursday as the third atmospheric river in a week moved through the region.

The exhausted community is dealing with the aftermath of the storms, but there is good news as most flood levels are starting to subside.

Mayor Henry Braun suggested conditions had stabilized, though officials would be keeping a close eye and localized evacuation orders remain in place.

“If the weather continues to co-operate over the next few days, we hope to be able to start lifting these and potentially other evacuation orders in areas as they become clear,” he said.

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Braun said the road to recovery will be a long one.

“We will be focused on rebuilding our critical infrastructure to ensure that we do not experience another event of this magnitude, or worse,” he said.

“We simply cannot lose focus on the infrastructure upgrades that are required to keep our community and region safe going forward.”

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will remain in the community for the next few days as cleanup efforts continue.

Several hundred homes and properties on the east side of Mission remain under an evacuation order after the Hatzic River overflowed its banks on Tuesday.

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High water levels on the Fraser River mean the flooded area is not expected to start drying out for at least a couple of days.

Environment Canada said a smaller storm system is expected to affect B.C.’s south coast late Friday.

— with files from The Canadian Press


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Winnipeg assault victim dies in hospital, police treating case as homicide

A man who was the victim of a serious assault Saturday morning at Main Street and Logan Avenue has died of his injuries in hospital.

Winnipeg police are calling the death of 52-year-old George Elie Houle a homicide.

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Houle was found around 11:45 a.m., suffering from a severe upper-body injury, and was taken to hospital in critical condition. He died Wednesday, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the major crimes unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Police continue to investigate.

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Correctional Service Canada seizes over $2 million in illegal goods

Correctional Service Canada has announced a seizure of contraband and illegal items worth just shy of $2.5 million.

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The items, which were seized between Nov. 16 and Nov. 23, include tobacco, drugs, cell phones and cell phone accessories.

In a statement, Corrections says the Ontario Provincial Police penitentiary squad is investigating the seizure and its circumstances.

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