Here & There …
Which artists and bands are the biggest moneymakers in music? Forbes has the answer – Forbes
Busta Rhymes gets probation for assault – Newsday
Essay defending DRM is food for thought – PC Magazine
One critic’s appraisal of U2 3D – San Diego Union-Tribune
And while we’re on the subject of concert films, here are five concert flicks that rock – The Arizona Republic
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Neil Diamond is still adding dates. Unfortunately for U.S. fans, but great news for U.K. Diamondheads, the extra dates are still across the pond in places like Glasgow, Southampton and Cadiff.
My Chemical Romance is all over the globe in March with shows in the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and United Kingdom.
The Hives are also world travelers this year with March and April gigs in Germany, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugual.
The Moody Blues are long distance voyagers as new dates put the boys in the U.K. next September and October. Cities include Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Plymouth and London.
Duing the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for The Lonely H, The Libertines, Runrig, Tea Leaf Green, The Four Freshmen, Paul Potts, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Kaskade, Kid Koala, Keb’ Mo’, Jonny Lang, Kaki King, Corey Smith, Baby Loves Disco and Deep Purple.
But that’s just half of the story. Check out the other half in Your Latest Update, coming up around 3 pm (PST), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1986, 10 performers, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino, were the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other performers honored at the ceremony in New York were Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, James Brown, The Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Three of rock’s forefathers — Mississippi delta blues singer Robert Johnson, country and western singer Jimmie Rodgers and blues pianist Jimmy Yancey — were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In 1970, singer Judy Collins was denied permission to sing her testimony at the Chicago Seven trial.
Also on this date in 1973, Neil Young interrupted a concert in New York to announce that the US had accepted a ceasefire in Vietnam. The audience was reported to have hugged and kissed for 10 minutes.
In 1976, “Donny and Marie” premiered on ABC. It was the first variety show hosted by a brother and sister team, Donny and Marie Osmond.
In 1978, Terry Kath, vocalist and guitarist with Chicago, accidentally killed himself while playing with a loaded gun. He was 31.
In 1989, James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to another six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two states. At the time, Brown was serving a sentence in South Carolina.
In 1996, the city council in Johnson City, TN, withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated satan worship.
In 1997, Richard Berry, who wrote the rock ‘n’ roll anthem “Louie Louie,” died in Los Angeles at 61. Berry wrote the song in 1955 and recorded it two years later. But it was not a hit until 1963 when the Kingsmen’s version went to number two on the charts. Berry sold the rights to all his songs, including “Louie Louie,” for $750 in 1956. Thirty years later, an artists’ rights group helped him recover $2 million in royalties.
In 2002, Virgin Records paid Mariah Carey $28 million to go away. After less than a year and a flop album, Glitter, Virgin ended its association with the singer. She had already been paid $21 million by Virgin after signing a deal that was to have included several albums and around $100 million.