Here & There …

FBI dismisses reports that teen accused of plotting airplane hijacking was planning to crash aircraft into Associated Press

Tom Petty talks about upcoming Super Bowl gig – “It’s quite an honor to be asked” – Worthington Daily Globe / Associated Press

An ailin’ George Strait postpones tonight’s show in Columbia, SC – WLTX

Cut me tender, cut me deep … Surgeon puts Elvis in the OR – ABC News

Know anyone who’s free on July 28? A county fair in Michigan needs a country music act –

Scarlett Johansson has recorded an album. Of Tom Waits songs. No, we’re not making this up – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Our newest dates for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts include an April gig in Laughlin, NV, a May show in Memphis, June gives us Fairfax, VA, and August shines with three new listings – August 1 in San Jose and August 28 & 30 in Milwaukee.

International heartthrob crooner Julio Iglesias updates with several new shows, including Primm, NV, in March, San Francisco, L.A., Escondido, El Paso, Dallas and Norman, OK, for April and Atlantic City and Niagara Falls in May.

Three new ones for Mos Def! This time Mos adds Canadians stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver for February.

The new dates for Crown City Rockers are for February and March and include stops in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Atlanta, Athens and Valdosta.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Capgun Coup, Ace Frehley, DJ Logic, Earl Scruggs, Howie Day, Limbeck, New Model Army, Mindless Self Indulgence, Terri Clark, Tres Chicas and Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion.

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This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

Today is January 25th In 1994, lawyers for Michael Jackson and a 14-year-old boy announced a multi-million-dollar settlement of a civil lawsuit. The boy had accused Jackson of sexually molesting him – the superstar denied it. Reports put the settlement at anywhere from $5 million to $24 million dollars. Jackson’s lawyers denied the settlement was an admission of guilt.

Other musical milestones on this date: In 1971, a baby girl was born to Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane in a San Francisco hospital. They originally wanted to name her God, but finally decided on China.

In 1980, former Beatle Paul McCartney was released from a Japanese jail where he had been held for nine days on charges of smuggling marijuana into the country. He was immediately deported.

In 1994, more than four-thousand fans showed up at midnight at a Boston record store for the first public appearance of NKOTB – formerly New Kids On The Block. The grown-up teenybopper stars were there to promote their Face the Music album.

In 1997, Princeton University music historian Peter Jeffery attended what he said was his first rock concert – a show by the Smashing Pumpkins in New Haven, Connecticut. More than two years later, Jeffery sued the band, the city and New Haven Coliseum, claiming the excessive noise level damaged his hearing.

In 2001, Quebec pop singer Celine Dion gave birth to her first child, a son, in West Palm Beach, Florida.