Live Nation launches interactive 3-D seating charts – Live Nation Press Release (PDF)

Ticket scalping on the Web. High prices. Higher frustrations – USA Today

Chris Brown on living up to the hype – MSNBC / Associated Press

Stereophonics say “This is the best album we’ve ever made.” – News And Star

Zune upgrade sneak peak – Wired

The headline says it all – “The Perils Of Divorcing Sir Paul” – The Buffalo News

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The lineup for the at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 14 is becoming a star-studded pop music extravaganza with performances by Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Boys Like Girls, Colbie Caillat, Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, OneRepublic and Timbaland.

Tim Finn adds new 2008 dates including shows in Boise, Chicago, Toronto and Austin, Toto plots its conquest of Mexico and Les Nubians plan a late December stop at NYC’s Lion’s Den.

Eric Lindell adds Maryland and Massachusetts February dates; look for Donna Jean & The Tricksters in VA, NC, PA and MT and Ekoostik Hookah blows into Grand Rapids, MI, on November 15.

But wait, there’s more. During the past 90 minutes we also updated the schedules for Bonerama, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dashboard Confessional, Zen Tricksters, Gabriel Iglesias, Oslo and Zona Jones.

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On this day … (from Associated Press)

In 1965, rock impresario Bill Graham first rented the Fillmore Auditorium, a former roller skating rink in San Francisco, for a rock concert. His cost – 60-dollars. Graham’s first show featured the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. Graham later bought the Fillmore – and a similar building in New York – and operated both as concert halls until 1971. The Fillmores were the leading showcases for the San Francisco bands of the psychedelic era.

In 1972, Billy Murcia, drummer of the glitter rock band The New York Dolls, died of accidental suffocation in London during the group’s first British tour. When Murcia apparently began to nod out in the apartment of a female acquaintance, she poured black coffee down his throat, causing him to suffocate. He was only 21 years old.

In 1973, Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin were fined 300-dollars each for stealing the body of country rock singer Gram Parsons from the Los Angeles International Airport. Instead of ending up in Los Angeles for a family funeral, the body was taken to the California desert resort where Parsons died on September 19th and cremated. Kaufman, Parson’s manager, claimed that the action was taken according to Parson’s wishes.

In 1975, the Sex Pistols, soon to become the leaders of the punk rock movement, played their first concert at St. Martin’s School of Art in suburban London. The school’s social secretary pulled the plug on their show after 10 minutes.

In 1997, a U-S Senate panel heard testimony from a North Dakota man who blamed shock rocker Marilyn Manson for his son’s suicide. Raymond Kuntz said his 15-year-old son, Richard, was listening to Manson when he shot himself. Legislators said the music industry’s labelling system didn’t tell parents enough to help their children avoid music and videos with violent messages.