News …

Ali Campbell explains why he quit UB40The Sun U.K.

Blue Man Group denies audience member’s lawsuit claims of abuse. “We are disappointed that this false claim forces us to reveal the truth behind one of our most popular theatrical devices” – The Chicago Tribune

Greeley, CO, promoter cites pressure from mayor and district attorney for canceling rap concert – The Greeley Tribune

Who will speak for the poor, suffering songs massacred weekly on “American Idol?”” – The Los Angeles Times / Calendar Live (registration may be required)

Taylor Swift rides the fast track to success – The Miami Herald

“I was Morrissey’s roadie” – The Times Online

Views …

Brad Paisley in Idaho – “For a modest cowboy who doesn’t always say a heck of a lot between songs, Brad Paisley is a rock star” – Idaho Statesman

Ani DiFranco is a “confident, commanding presence” in Harrisburg – The Patriot-News

Foo Fighters in Dallas – “reminded some 12,000 fans what a dazzling live band they are” – The Dallas Morning News

G. Love & Special Sauce in Buffalo – “creates an eclectic sound that is simultaneously relaxing and invigorating” – The Spectrum

The Subdudes in Florida – “are still best experienced on a bandstand in a crowded club” – Orlando Sentinel

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Claude Gray is 76

Etta James is 70

Alicia Keys is 27