Overnight Sensation …

The following items are scheduled to post between now and sometime tomorrow morning, and are guaranteed to be the topic of conversation in dorm rooms and at office water coolers everywhere.

Head Crushing OptionalKids in the Hall invade stages across North America with their first major tour in six years.

DebutsShe Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet, The Virgins and Switches head out on a 36-date trek.

Link-O-Rama …

Department of Justice clears way for Sirius / XM merger. Now it’s up to the FCC – Associated Press

Life ain’t what it used to be for The Jacksons – New York Post

Supreme Court asked to rule on RIAA legal fees issue – Wired News / Threat Level

Gibson Guitar unleashes its patent attorneys on the makers of “Rock Band” – The Tech Herald

CBGB’s to reopen as boutique while CB’s Gallery starts new life as photo gallery – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Jon Lord on combining rock with classical – “It’s difficult to imagine now what it was like for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to be confronted with five hairy youths, one of whom claimed he’d written something they could play.” – The Australian

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Dokken. Even the name screams heavy metal. It’s a name that’s synonymous with thunder, explosive, roaring and rock ‘n’roll. New dates include Kansas City (July 9), Tampa (July 22), Boston (August 7), Salt Lake City (August 20) and Phoenix (August 24).

It seems as if we’ve been updating the schedule for Eve 6 all day. Probably because we have been updating the schedule for Eve 6 all day as individual listings kept trickling into Pollstar HQ almost one or two every hour. The latest update shows the band in Princeton, NJ, on May 4 and Schenectady, NY, on May 10.

Junior Brown heads to Big Sky Country during the first week of May as the guitar virtuoso rumbles through Montana playing Livingston (May 1), Bozeman (May 2) and Missoula (May 3).

Kanye West updates today with more June gigs. Look for Mr. West playing Glendale, AZ, on June 8, Moline, IL, on June 12 and Cincinnati, OH, on June 13.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Counting Crows / Maroon 5, Ace Frehley, Rilo Kiley, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, John McEuen, X, The Ocean, The Redwalls, The Go, George Michael, Kids in the Hall, Suzanne Vega, Erykah Badu, B.B. King, George Benson, Eve 6, White Lion, The Hives, Steely Dan, Josh Ritter, Strunz & Farah, Rod Stewart, Peabo Bryson, moe., Andrew Bird, MxPx, Sea Wolf plus thousands of artists and bands whose tour dates give us hope for a better, brighter future.

And that’s the skinny for today. As always, we truly appreciate your patronage and we look forward to appreciating you tomorrow. G’night!