News …

More McCartney tour rumors. This time it’s Ireland in the Fall – Belfast Telegraph

Prosecutors want to introduce evidence of other alleged crimes in R. Kelly trial – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Britney in minor traffic bang-up – Associated Press

Learning to rock like the stars – The Denver Post

Tots just wanna rock – The Boston Globe

A few minutes with Martha WainwrightThe Times Online U.K.

Views …

Portishead in Wolverhampton – ” … kept the venue’s sell-out crowd transfixed for just over an hour last night with their dark beats.” – Express and Star U.K.

Widespread Panic in Chicago – “With little fanfare, this band of six stepped before a simple set and let it fly. ” – Southtown Star

Celine Dion in Kuala Lumpur – ” … performed 22 songs, almost non-stop, as over 10,000 fans at Stadium Merdeka followed her every move, and tune.” – Malaysia Star

Blue Man Group in Wichita – “…the trio of greasily painted performance artists was indeed loud, despite never speaking a word.” – The Wichita Eagle

Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige in Dallas – ” … leave everyone pleased” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Smothers Brothers in Springfield, MA – “Equal parts of music and laughter filled Symphony Hall Saturday …” – The Republican

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

Loretta Lynn is 73

Ritchie Blackmore is 63

John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 46

Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) is 41

David Miller of Il Divo is 35

Da Brat is 34