Overnight Sensation …

Our overnight crew really put a dent in the ol’ expense account researching the following items. So feel free to put a couple of coins in the tip jar.

Cocktails With – The pioneering Mexican rock/hip hop band decides to stick around and hit the States.

S.O.S.! Add D.A.T.E.S! – A slew of new shows are announced for Disney’s next big thing.

Here & There …

Writers Guild Of America urging music artists who are also Screen Actors Guild members to stay away from Grammys – Advertising Age

Take That at the top of Brit Awards nominations heap – Telegraph U.K.

Judge in R. Kelly trial rejects prosecutor’s request for doctor’s testimony – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Better late than never? Britney makes afternoon court appearance, but doesn’t stay long – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Victory records sues Virgin/EMI over Hawthorne Heights, and issues a press release to tell its side to the world – PRNewswire / press release

Up close and personal with k.d. langThe Times Online

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Kenny Chesney fattens his summer tour plans. Today he adds June dates for San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta and Philadelphia for July, a Detroit stop for August and an Indianapolis appearance for September.

Billy Joel keeps adding gigs one or two dates at a time. Today we posted Billy appearing in Anaheim on February 23 and Des Moines on April 15.

G. Love & Special Sauce have several new February / March dates, including Tempe, AZ, Houston, TX, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Athens, GA, before heading across the equator to Australia for some mid-March shows and Tim Reynolds plows through midwest and eastern states during February and March. Cities include Cleveland, Athens, OH, Notre Dame, IN, Pontiac, MI and New York, NY.

During the day we updated the schedules for Eagles, Ani DiFranco, Tokyo Police Club, Alpha Blondy, Fishbone, Garnet Rogers, Jonas Brothers, Melissa Ferrick, Katie Melua, Spooky Tooth, Sarah Silverman, Patty Larkin, Dark Star Orchestra, Gin Blossoms, Hubert Sumlin, The Dreaming, Les Claypool, Hal Ketchum, Rhino Bucket, Lyle Lovett, Gram Rabbit, John Hiatt, Tab Benoit, Rascal Flatts, The Why Store, Trace Adkins, plus more bands and artists than we can possibly count, even if we used your fingers and toes along with our own.

And that’s how our Monday went. Lots of dates, plenty of artists, a few laughs, a few tears. All in all, a pretty decent Monday by tour date research standards.

So that’s a wrap! You have a great evening and we’ll be back tomorrow with more tour date info. Arrivederci!