Here & There …

Joe Cocker awarded OBE – International CNN

Andrew W.K. wants to do “all different kinds of performance” – The Age

Some things never change. Like generation gaps – Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Becoming a “Guitar Hero” is never easy – The Beacon News

The most annoying holiday songs? – Newsday

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl finds balance between public / private life – Herald Sun

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Michael Bolton must like to plan ahead. His new United Kingdom itinerary is for next October and cities listed include Brighton , Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff and London.

The band called James also have a U.K. tour, but it’s not nearly as distant in time as Michael’s. Look for James playing shows during April in places like Norwich, Blackpool, Derby and Newcastle.

We have more dates for Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile for both sides of the Atlantic. New listings include Glasgow and London for January and New Haven, Greensboro, Columbus and Charlotte for March and April.

New shows for The Go! Team Euro run include Portugal dates fin January and U.K. during February and March; The Meteors will be all over the western states during February; Velvet Revolver slot Amsterdam for April Fool’s Day and Clannad tour the U.K. in March.

During the past two hours we also updated the schedules for Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Emery, Bud E. Luv, Andy Zipf, Carolyn Wonderland, Kathleen Edwards, Shayne Ward, Status Quo, Victor Wooten, Matt Costa and Rihanna.

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This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1963, the Beatles ended their third British tour at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton. That was also the year Beatles records began to appear in North America. When Vee Jay records in the U.S. released their first Beatles’ single that year, “Please Please Me,” the group’s name was misspelled on the label with two “t’s.” The early Beatle hits were later gathered on a Vee Jay album, together with songs by the Four Seasons. The LP was billed as The International Battle of the Century.

In 1985, rock singer Phil Collins appeared as a sleazy game show host on an episode of “Miami Vice.”

In 1989, Sammy Lerner, the songwriter who penned “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” in 1932, died in Los Angeles at 86. Lerner wasn’t proud of the “Popeye” song, and said he’d rather be remembered for his serious lyrics in songs like “Is It True What They Say About Dixie” and “Falling in Love Again.”

In 2001, the Cavern Club in Liverpool was sold as part of a $16 million-dollar real estate deal. The Beatles launched their career in the early 1960’s at the nightclub.