Apple’s iTunes is #2 music retailer in the U.S. – Apple.com
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton to work A&R for Warner? – The New York Times (registration may be required)
Plans are afoot to protect London’s small and mid-sized music venues – The Evening Standard / ThisIsLondon.com
This year’s CMT Awards will be a Cyrus family affair – Associated Press
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Billy Joel shows no sign of slowing down as the Piano Man adds dates for May and July. Today’s update includes three nights in May at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, and a July show for Hershey, PA.
MxPx fattens up its April and May calendars with new dates for the midwest and western states. New listings include Omaha (April 15), Detroit (April 22) and Sioux Falls (May 7).
We have new May U.K. dates for David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards. Cities include Newcastle, Norwich, Conventry and Newbury.
During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Atmosphere, Authority Zero, Blue Oyster Cult, Carbon Leaf, Candy Coburn, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Little Big Town, Cog, Dan Deacon, Joe Nichols, Kansas, Journey, Neal McCoy, The Phenomenauts and Van Morrison.
Don’t forget! More fresh concert data coming up in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PST), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1979, the Sex Pistols and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, went to court to divide the band’s earnings. It was revealed that only $60 thousand of the group’s $1.5 million gross was left. Three weeks before the court action began, a member of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, died of a heroin overdose while awaiting trial on a charge of murdering his girlfriend.
In 1990, Cornelius Gunter, lead singer for the Coasters, was shot to death in Las Vegas. He was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car after being shot twice in the head.
In 1993, singer Bobby Brown and one of his backup singers were fined 580 dollars each in Augusta, Georgia for public lewdness. Brown and Queline Young were charged with simulating sexual acts during a concert.
In 1995, Led Zeppelin bandmates Robert Plant and Jimmy Page began their reunion tour in Pensacola, Florida.
In 1997, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of Rush became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the Order of Canada.In 1998, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, who filed for divorce and asked for court protection. Mrs. Lee told police that her husband had assaulted her two days earlier at the couple’s Malibu, California, home as she held their seven-week-old son. Lee pleaded no contest to felony spousal abuse for kicking his wife twice in the back and once in the buttocks. He was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to donate $5,000 dollars to a battered-women’s shelter.