Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama for president. Clarence reported to be disappointed – Associated Press
Police ask DA to charge Richie Sambora with misdemeanor child endangerment for having two children in his car when the Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested for suspected DUI – Associated Press
Axl Rose denies reality show rumors, evidently preferring to live in his own, non-televised reality – KBSRadio.com
What do Madonna, Celine Dion and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall all have in common? Records archive indicates all three descended from the same French carpenter – The Age / AFP
Bet you didn’t know Jarvis Cocker at one time wanted to direct movies. And he has the film school flicks to prove it. – The Guardian U.K.
Kasey Chambers talks about her new album – The Sydney Morning Herald
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Bryan Adams updates today with several U.S. dates. What makes these shows so interesting for Canada’s superstar is that most of the new additions are small venue shows with Adams playing theatres and clubs. Dates include May 13 in Memphis at New Daisy Theatre; May 14 in Orlando at B.B. King’s; May 17 at San Francisco’s Independent and May 18 in Solana Beach, California, at the Belly Up Tavern.
Singer / songwriter Ingrid Michaelson adds several shows for eastern U.S. to the ol’ touring itinerary. New listings include June 1 (Philadelphia), June 2 (Pittsburgh), June 11 (Orlando) and June 20 (New York City). The artist also adds gigs for Chicago, Minneapolis, Louisville and Madison.
South plays all over the U.S. in May. Shows include Allston, MA (May 1), Chicago (May 5), St. Paul, MN (May 6), Grand Junction, CO (May 9), Portland, OR (May 11), Los Angeles (May 15) and San Diego (May 16).
And a few new Alice Cooper engagements make the midday deadline. New listings include Sturgis. SD (August 3), Tower, MN (August 17), Florence, IN (August 23) and Schenectady, NY (October 26).
During the last couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Behemoth, Eddy Grant, Four Year Strong, Guttermouth, Michel Camilo, The Commander Cody Band, The Tubes Feat. Fee Waybill, and Al Gore (Yes, that Al Gore).
And that’s the story so far at the midway point. More concert data coming up in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1972, the orchestral rock ensemble known as the Electric Light Orchestra played its first live show at the Reading Festival in England. Their 1971 debut album featured guest soloists from the London Symphony Orchestra.
In 1990, more than 72-thousand fans gathered at London’s Wembley Stadium for a concert honoring recently freed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela. The crowd heard from Mandela as well as such performers as Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young and Tracy Chapman.
In 1998, during her first live performance in 15 years, Joni Mitchell performed a duet with Icelandic singer Bjork on Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?” It was part of Eagles’ member Don Henley’s annual Walden Woods benefit in Los Angeles. Ten major contemporary female artists — including Paula Cole, Sheryl Crow and Gwen Stefani – performed jazz and pop standards.