News …

U.N. official urges courts to come down hard on celebs using drugs – The Sun U.K.

Angus Young schoolboy outfit headed for Melbourne Museum – The Age

promoters close deal to book Chicago’s Congress Theatre – The Chicago Tribune

Montreal group wants to rename subway station after jazz great Oscar Peterson – CBC News

Everything you ever wanted to know about HorrorPopsBoston Herald

Q&A with a Celtic WomanAlbany Herald

Views …

Steve Earle in Toronto – “This is the kind of banjo that scares sheep,” – The Toronto Star

George Strait in Cleveland – “George Strait giving a bad performance would be the final sign of the Apocalypse.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in Montreal – “Is there anybody alive out there?” – Montreal Gazette

Santana in New Zealand – “It was impeccable, strong and rich in that Hispanic flavour that marks out Santana.” –

Wilco in Alabama – “Wilco is one of a select few bands that transcends musical stereotypes and always draws a crowd as diverse as their album catalogue.”- The Crimson White

Henry Rollins in Rochester, NY – “For three straight hours without drawing a breath, the blowtorch-hardened, 47-year-old Rollins carried on a wildly entertaining and provocative rant without the benefit of notes.” Democrat & Chronicle

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

Eddy Grant is 60

Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 56

Penn Jillette is 53

Teena Marie is 52

John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 38

Rome is 38