Here & There …
Merrill Lynch downgrades Warner Music Group stock to “neutral” rating – CNNMoney.com
Quiet headbangers unite for silent parties – Brisbane Times
A lot has been reported on Universal Music’s “Total Music” concept. Now the Justice Department wants to know more about it. You see, apparently there is this legal concept called “antitrust” – Wired News / Listening Post
13 months after his death, people are still fighting over James Brown’s estate – Charlotte Observer / Associated Press
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z! Need we say more? One of the first really big tour announcements of the year has the artists playing Miami, FL, Uniondale, NY, E. Rutherford, NJ, Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA, in March, and Toronto, ON, Boston, MA, Greensboro, NC, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA, in April.
Juanes updates with several arena gigs for Texas, Arizona and Colorado. Stops include San Antonio on April 5, Houston on April 17, Denver on April 25 and Tucson on April 27.
New dates for jazz man Larry Carlton include Milan, Italy, on March 26 & 27, Base, Switzerland, on March 30 and a two-night stand in Monte Carlo on April 1 & 2.
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1827, the first ballet to be performed in the U.S., “The Deserter,” was presented at the Bowery Theatre in New York City. It featured a ballerina in such flimsy attire that many women in the audience are reported to have walked out.
In 1894, Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax died at 79. He gave the world the saxophone, the saxtromba and the sax horn.
In 1944, the first Canadian Kiwanis Music Festival opened at the Eaton Auditorium in Toronto. There were about seven-thousand competitors. One of the winners was a 10-year-old pianist – Glenn Gould.
In 1979, Stephen Stills became the first rock artist to record on digital equipment, but the tracks were never released.
In 1980, Pink Floyd performed their elaborate stage show, called The Wall, in New York. Presented in only three cities – Los Angeles and London were the others – the show featured the building of an actual brick wall which eventually obscured the band from the audience’s view.
In 1995, a judge in New York sentenced rapper Tupac Shakur to four and a-half years in prison after he was convicted of fondling and groping a woman in a hotel room in November 1993. His road manager, Charles Fuller, was also found guilty. The two were acquitted of sodomy and weapons charges.