Here & There …

Music management groups want a cut of third-party ticket sales – Reuters

Some people have way too much time on their hands – Associated Press

Q&A with Ghostface KillahNew York Magazine

Led Zeppelin, music history and that song – Slate

Catching up with Barry ManilowNewsday

Country duets in the new millennium – Houston Chronicle

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Halfway through the day and the info continues to surge through our databanks like chocolate bars through a prune juice guzzler’s digestive system. Over 200 dates have been added within the past two hours. Here are some of the highlights:

Mark Knopfler adds May and June shows in Prague, Budapest, Istanbul and Codroipo, Italy; Taylor Swift to play cities as diverse as Beverly Hills and Bakersfield come January; The Wailers add U.S. Southwest dates for March and April and Ian Hunter schedules the U.K. for February and March.

If Bernard Allison doesn’t already speak German, there’s a good chance the artist will be fluent in the language by the end of January with dates in German towns like Kassel, Cologne, Freiburg and Koblenz keeping him busy; Chris Rea lines up U.K. dates for March and April; and Korn add shows in Spain, Finland, the UAE and the U.K.

During the past two hours we also updated the schedules for Shemekia Copeland, Soul Asylum, Neimo, The Pigeon Detectives, Tuck & Patti, The Robert Cray Band, The Fiery Furnaces, Topazand Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (yes, again).

And there’s more fun to come! Don’t forget to check back for Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 PM (PST) from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1944, country crooner Eddy Arnold made his first recordings in Nashville, shortly after signing with RCA Victor. It was one of the earliest recording sessions in Nashville, later to become known as “Music City.”

In 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis made a series of impromptu recordings at the Sun Record studios in Memphis. They were released 25 years later under the title “The Million Dollar Quartet.” On the same day, Perkins recorded his hit “Matchbox,” featuring Lewis on piano.

In 1965, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was knocked unconscious when his guitar touched an ungrounded microphone during a show in Sacramento. He recovered and finished the show.

Also on this date in 1976, former Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine at a hotel in Miami. He was 25.

In 1980, the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced the breakup of the group following the death in September of drummer John Bonham. Bonham had choked to death in his sleep following a drinking binge at the home of Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

In 1987, rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to drunken driving. He was fined $664 and ordered to contribute $3,500 to a scholarship in memory of a youth killed on his way home from a Van Halen concert by a drunk driver.

In 1990, Madonna appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” to defend her “Justify My Love” video, which was banned by MTV. She denied the video’s explicit content was meant to stir up controversy and get publicity.

In 1993, Frank Zappa, whose work combined rock, jazz and classical music, died of prostate cancer at his Los Angeles home.