Here & There …

Q&A with Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo – Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

The iPod’s potential for good and evil – Courier Mail

Rounder Records’ eclectic roster – The Boston Globe

Copyright piracy in 1701 – The Globe And Mail

Manic Street Preachers – they never went away but now they’re back – Manchester Evening News

Spending some time with Suzanne VegaNew York Post

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Vince Neil has a casino two-nighter scheduled for St. Charles, Missouri, in mid January; “Second City Touring Company” adds five shows in various Ontario cities and Engelbert Humperdinck slots an ’08 date for Airway Heights, WA, which is west of Spokane (we had to look at the map).

Big things planned for early ’08 at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts in Santa Rosa, CA. Heart will play there on February 24 and four days later it’s a two night stand for George Carlin as the comedian plays the last day of the month and the first day of March.

War has a multi-night Vegas stand scheduled for January; silverchair adds a Mobile, AL, date for mid December and Patti Page has several Canada dates planned for April of next year.

During the past two hours we also updated the schedules for Carrie Newcomer, Brian Copeland, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards, Jackie Mason, Mahjongg, Placido Domingo, Raul Malo, ReBirth Brass Band, Sherwood, The Used and White Magic.

But there’s more date-city-state-venue action where that comes from! Don’t forget to touch base with us for Your Latest Update, scheduled for sometime around 3 PM (PST) from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1957, The Chirping Crickets, the only Buddy Holly album to be issued during his lifetime, was released. The LP contained such Holly standards as “That’ll Be the Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby” and “Oh Boy.”

In 1967, the Beatles’ album Magical Mystery Tour was released in the U-S and Canada. One side of the record contained songs from the film of the same name, the other consisted of singles not previously available on LP. The album was a bestseller, but the film — shown on television in Britain and in theatres in North America – was a critical and commercial failure.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones opened a four-day stand at Madison Square Garden in New York. Portions of the first two concerts were released on the 1970 album Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out.

In 1970, George Harrison’s three-record set All Things Must Pass was released. The album was produced by Phil Spector, and contained the number-one hit “My Sweet Lord.”

In 1989, Paul McCartney suggested the three surviving Beatles might reunite, in light of the recent settlement of lawsuits involving the group. But George Harrison quickly threw cold water on the idea with the oddly-worded statement that “there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead.”

Still on this date in 1989, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was charged with disorderly conduct after dropping his leather G-string in front of 12-thousand people at a Cincinnati concert.

In 1997, more than two-thousand people turned out at a Catholic church in Sydney, Australia for the funeral of INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. He had hanged himself in a hotel room five days earlier. Among the mourners were Hutchence’s lover, Paula Yates, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and the band Midnight Oil. Nick Cave sang “Into Your Arms.” The service was interrupted briefly when a man tried to jump from a first-floor balcony in the church.