News …

Little pink monsters? Stephen King and John Mellencamp making musical together – Associated Press

Booker for world-famous Joe’s Pub in New York sets out for Lincoln Center – The New York Times (registration may be required)

The Spice Girls reunion closes in Toronto – Toronto Star

Providence legislators introduce “Truth in Music Advertising” bill – Providence Journal

Not your average load-in – The logistics behind bringing the NY Philharmonic to North Korea – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

This Osbourne family member prefers to stay out of the spotlight – Irish Independent

Views …

Chris Rock in Philly – “In many ways, the show last night revealed a new performance style for Rock. He no longer prowled the stage restlessly like a zoo cat, exhorting and challenging the crowd in a street preacher’s cadence.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Foo Fighters in Chicago – “Grohl comes off as a fan first and foremost, and darn it if he doesn’t want his fans to experience the sorts of life-changing shows (rock, punk, whatever) he grew up with.” The Chicago Tribune

Liars in L.A. – “Liars seemed to operate with total abandon, unloading waves of psychedelic static and subversive melody familiar to fans of Joy Division or Gang of Four.” – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Joe Cocker in South Africa – ” … the Englishman still has one of the most mesmerising voices in music.” –

Mika in London – “He hurtled from one side of the stage to the other, pogoed and danced with a backing singer in a glittery dress, or members of his four-piece band ” – The Times Online U.K.

Jonas Brothers in St. Louis – “The Jonas Brothers packed what felt like an arena-sized concert into the 75-minute show …” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

Neal Schon (Journey) is 53

Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 51

Johnny Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 49

Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 48

Ryan Hedgecock, (Lone Justice) is 47