News …

Blender’s top 20 music industry screw-ups of all time – Blender

Goo Goo Dolls bassist, Robby Takac, joins Medaille College’s board of trustees – Business First of Buffalo /

Live Nation agrees to acquire Fantasma Productions’ live music assets in Florida – SunHerald / press release

Kid Rock latest Waffle House adventure – ABC News / Associated Press

Japan investigating alleged iPod defect – Associated Press

Moby talks about triumphs, regrets and free music – Los Angeles Times / Listening Post (registration may be required)

Views …

Jonas Brothers in Richmond, VA – “Inside the bowl of the Coliseum, a sold-out crowd of about 9,000 pounded their feet against the metal chairs on the floor, chanting ‘Jo-nas! Jo-nas!'” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Operation MySpace – Jessica Simpson, The Pussycat Dolls, Disturbed, Filter and Carlos Mencia – in Kuwait – “On Monday night and into yesterday morning, this installation not far from the Iraq border had the added wattage of strobe lights, whining electric guitars and pop celebrities.” – The Free Lance-Star

Pat Metheny in Daytona Beach – “Lesson learned by the end of the two-hour concert: Metheny is the All-Master of the Guitar, too.” – Daytona Beach News-JournalOnline

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at the Nassau Coliseum – “Opening with a searing run through ‘Night’ – one of those songs about tiny towns and beautiful girls – Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered an arena show that felt by turns both spectacular and intimate.” – Newsday

Jackson Browne in Huntsville, AL – “He didn’t come with a prepared set list, and that made things interesting.” – The Huntsville Times

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

Al Jarreau is 68

Liza Minnelli is 62

James Taylor is 60

Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 59

Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 52

Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 51

Graham Coxon is 39

Tommy Bales (Flynnville Train) is 35