Link-O-Rama …

Chicago sues eBay, StubHub, for not collecting city amusement tax fees on third-party sales – The Chicago Tribune

Yamaha says people are interested in new machine that lets people create music as if they were drawing pictures – AFP

Evidently there’s more than a few problems facing the commercial radio industry in the digital millennium – Radio World Newspaper

British pensioner reprimanded by judge for for repeatedly blasting Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” from his stereo – The Mirror U.K.

Original drummer for Rush dies. John Rutsey, who left the band in 1974, was 55 – Toronto Sun / Canadian Press

A few minutes with BoDeans’ Kurt Neumann – Modern Guitars Magazine

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Former Styx-man Dennis DeYoung adds a few shows to his June and July schedules New entries include June 27 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec; July 11 in Cornwall, Ontario; July 12 in Kingsford, MI; and July 26 in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota.

Rehab takes it to the clubs during June, July and August. Stops include June 12 in Jackson, MS, at Hal & Mal’s; July 11 in Detroit at Harpo’s Concert Theatre; July 31 in W. Hollywood, CA, at the Viper Room and August Valdosta, GA, at Rock N Rodeo.

We just posted a mess of dates for George Jones. In fact, we posted so many dates for the country music legend, that’s hard to pick which ones to highlight, but here goes … New listings include stops in Pikeville, KY (June 21), North Myrtle Beach, SC (July 18), Dungannon, Northern Ireland (August 2 & 3), Sioux City, IA (September 21) and Columbia, SC (October 9).

And Chaka Khan updates with new listings for Australia – Melbourne (June 13), Newtown (June 14) and Brisbane (June 17).

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Bill Bailey, Daniel O’Donnell, Greg Hahn, Gods Of Kansas, Judas Priest, Kid Rock, Martha Wainwright, Megadeth, One Under, Richie Havens, UB40, Rookie Of The Year, The Working Title and Zen Tricksters.

That’s our story at the halfway mark. Don’t miss more concert additions in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1988, more than 150,00 people attended what was billed as the largest festival in country music history in Irwindale, California. More than 80 acts performed during the two-day event. Among the highlights was the pairing of Dwight Yoakam and California country pioneer Buck Owens.

In 1955, Chuck Berry recorded his first hit “Maybellene”‘ at the Chess Records studio in Chicago.

In 1979, Elton John began a short tour of the Soviet Union with a sold-out concert at a 4000-seat hall in Leningrad. It was the first tour by a western rock star allowed by the Soviets. Tickets to the show were scalped for the equivalent of 150 dollars.

In 1993, 10,000 Maniacs performed eight songs for 475 students at Fern Ridge Middle School in Elmira, Oregon. Eleven-year-old student Amy Dean won the concert for the school by beating 17-thousand other aspiring songwriters in a contest. Maniacs’ lead singer Natalie Merchant picked Dean’s song about the plight of a poor black woman as the winner.

In 1994, country singer Trisha Yearwood married Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks. They later divorced and Yearwood married Garth Brooks.

In 1997, Chuck D, leader of the rap group Public Enemy, made his debut as a commentator for the Fox News Channel in the U.S.