FYRE FEST AUCTIONING MERCH TO PAY FOR LEGAL COSTS
Two boxes of authentic Fyre Festival merchandise will be auctioned off to help pay back the $26 million that festival founder Billy McFarland owes the people he defrauded. “We have an assortment of the ‘real thing’ Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands and medallions,” a spokesman for the United States Marshals Service’s Manhattan office said in an email to Vulture, adding, “We know that there is tremendous interest in these items in the NY metro area in particular.” Photos of the items being auctioned will be available prior to the online auction, which does not yet have a date. The government plans to distribute the money earned from the auction back to vetted victims of McFarland’s scams.
METALLICA & SF SYMPHONY WILL CHRISTEN THE NEW CHASE CENTER
Bay Area based rockstars Metallica will play the first concert at Chase Center in San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors future home. Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will re-unite and perform together with special appearance by SFS Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas and conductor Edwin Outwater on Sept. 6, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Grammy award-winning Symphony and Metallica (S&M) album. “This is mind-blowingly awesome… bring it on ASAP!!!” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich in a release.
MYSPACE LOSES 50 MILLION SONGS FROM ARTISTS
Social media platform Myspace has revealed that they lost every song uploaded to the site between 2003-2015. The massive data loss includes approximately 50 million songs by 14 million artists, as well as all users’ media from the first 12 years of the site’s existence. The erasure apparently occurred during a server migration and none of the songs or other files can be recovered. “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” the site said in a statement released via Boing Boing. “We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies.” The loss appears to have happened roughly eight months ago when artists noticed their music was missing and the company said they were looking into the issue, but now admit they can’t be recovered.