Early drafts of Beatles lyrics go on display at Northwestern University – The Chicago Tribune
Ticketmaster facing competition in the Windy City? – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)
Universal Music Group signs Austrian monks after seeing performance on YouTube – CBC News
B.B. King buys juke joint in his old home town – Associated Press
Mambo pioneer Israel Cachao López dies at 89 – The New York Times (registration may be required)
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Earlier today we posted an item about George Michael playing the U.S. June through August. What you want to do is
The first major tour in six years for Kids In The Hall kicks off in Merrillville, Indiana on April 4. Other stops include Milwaukee (April 5), Boston (April 17), Kansas City (April 24), Atlanta (May 24) and Toronto (June 5).
Suzanne Vega updates today with new listings for the eastern states. Ms. Vega’s schedule now includes a May 30 date for Huntington, NY, and a June 7 gig in Elmer, NJ.
And Erykah Badu adds some May dates to her calendar. New listings include a show in Detroit scheduled for May 4 and NYC on May 9.
During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Eve 6, George Benson, Gretchen Peters, Groove Armada, Lionel Loueke, Michael McDermott, Mother Hips, Richard Julian, Peppino D’Agostino, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, The High Kings, The Temptations, The Subdudes, Wayne Brady, White Lion, The Mission District and The Hives.
That’s the story at the halfway mark. Of course, we have more dates yet to post as shipments via truck, plane, camel and e-mail land on our loading docks, after which, they’re cleaned up and made suitable for public viewing. Stay on top of it all with Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1958, Elvis Presley entered the U-S Army. After receiving the standard G.I. haircut, he was quoted as saying “Hair today, gone tomorrow.”
In 1966, the New York state assembly became the world’s first legislative body to ban bootleg recordings, which are unlicensed and unauthorized recordings.
In 1973, rock singer Lou Reed was bitten on the rear end during a Buffalo concert. A fan leaped onto the stage, screamed “leather” and bit Reed through his leather pants. Commented Reed, “America seems to breed real animals.”
In 1987, “Let It Be,” the pop world’s charity recording to help victims of a British ferry disaster off Belgium, went on sale in Britain. More than 120 artists and musicians helped record the old Beatles’ hit. They included Paul McCartney, Boy George, Kate Bush and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.
In 1992, a Chicago judge approved partial refunds for people who bought Milli Vanilli recordings or attended concerts believing the lip-synching duo were actually singing. Arista Records and its parent, BMG, paid out more than $400,000.