Working For The Weekend …

Our weekend crew has worked all week so you can kick back and read the following items during the next 72 hours:

For The New Year? Smashing! – The indie icons head back to Europe and the U.K. for another round of dates.

God Rest Ye Merry – The singer/songwriter is bringing her popular Christmas Variety Show back again this year.

Now We Are TenUmphrey’s McGee celbrates its 10th birthday in a big way.

What’s New Pussycat? – Welsh powerhouse Sir Tom Jones shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Here & There …

Apparently a Halifax venue that was once good enough for the Pope isn’t good enough for Celine DionThe Canadian Press / Canada East Online

There’s money in those old rock & roll t-shirts – Washington Post / Associated Press</a>

Don Henley Q&A – CNN

Polyphonic Spree members may not be as happy as people think – Baltimore Sun

Against Me! counts Springsteen and son among its fans – The Detroit News

James Blunt’s “unique” problem – The Daily Mail

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

More cowbell! Blue Oyster Cult adds 2008 shows in CA, NV, MN and IL; Cobra Starship looks ahead to Seattle in February and Elvin Bishop plans on being in Maine in July.

Duran Duran does Austin in December; looks like Johnny Winter will be in Europe in May and Papa Roach goes to Washington on December 5.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes slot a couple of shows in Virginia for the last week of this year; Supersuckers will play West Hollywood’s Viper Room during the last few days of ’08 and Take That will take London’s O2 Arena New Year’s Eve.

Today was a good day for tour dates. Throughout the course of our data adventures we posted the reunion dates for My Bloody Valentine and updated schedules for Van Morrison, Smashing Pumpkins, Three Days Grace, Seth Walker, Ron Sexsmith, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Paul Reddick, Mel Tillis, Mark Ronson, Larry Keel And Natural Bridge, Joe Cocker, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jason Ricci & New Blood, Janiva Magness, Indigo Girls, Howie Mandel, Gordon Lightfoot, Chris Rock and Arlo Guthrie, to drop a few names.

And that wraps up our work week. Remember, don’t let your friends drive drunk. As to your enemies, we’ll leave that decision up to you. See ya!