Working For The Weekend …

Our weekend staff has worked hard all week so that you may read the following articles at your leisure:

Love, – The band gives away nearly half a million copies of it’s latest album.

Wounded, But Still WalkingBayside heads out after the holidays for another run of dates.

BFFs On TourShawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller hit the road for an all-hands-on-deck hootenanny.

Plots 2008 Trek – The talented singer/songwriter continues to tour behind Every Waking Moment.

Next Week’s HotStar is Avenged Sevenfold.

Here & There …

Fender Stratocaster signed by rock stars and meant to be auctioned for charity is lost in the mail – BBC

A 1949 bootleg turns out to be the only live concert recording of Woody Guthrie – Brandon Sun / Canadian Press

Jack White of The White Stripes is a very busy man – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Napster shares fall after analyst downgrades stock – CNNMoney / Associated Press

Famed record producer / murder suspect Phil Spector hires new lawyer. Retrial could start in late ’08 – Associated Press

Bow Wow hospitalized for exhaustion – MTV

Tips for parents hoping to “survive” kids shows – The Chicago Tribune / Page 8

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

If given the choice, our tour date specialists would stay all weekend, but the Itinerary Union (local #481) won’t allow it. So we have to send them home for 72 hours before they may post new dates again.

And they did an excellent job today! Like the Bruce Springsteen Giants Stadium dates, the Stars’ UK tour for February and March or The Smithereens new Omaha date. Then there are the new dates for Tiger Army in cities like Tucson and Jacksonville. Yeah, they really worked their collective posteriors off for you this week.

And it was a very good day for tour info. Throughout the course of our day we updated the schedules for Dolly Parton, Backstreet Boys, Bryan Adams, Casting Crowns, Keith Urban / Carrie Underwood, Wilco, Pat Travers, Velvet Revolver, Van Halen, Blue Oyster Cult, Authority Zero, Bane, Bay City Rollers, Blood Sweat & Tears, Evil Beaver, High On Fire, Jan & Dean Featuring Dean Torrence, Puddle Of Mudd, The Cowsills, Trace Adkins, Webb Wilder, The Greyboy Allstars, Vinx, Tesla, Carrie Rodriguez, Incubus, Dropkick Murphys plus more artists and bands than Ted Nugent has guns, bows and arrows.

And that’s going to do it for this week. Have a great weekend and remember: drive carefully, eat all your vegetables, and don’t talk to strangers. Unless, of course, they’re really hot. Adios!