Behind the scenes at last night’s “American Idol” – Los Angeles Times / Show Tracker (registration may be required)
Will music consumers stick with high fidelity? Or will we choose file size over audio quality? – Telegraph U.K.
When it comes to Apple, don’t’ even think about tomorrow. Instead, think about what Steve Jobs & Company will do five years from now – The Wall Street Journal
Whoops! British GCSE music exam accidentally includes answers on test’s back page – BBC News
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Jazz dude Joshua Redman updates today with new Euro dates for the fall. Look for Josh and his saxophone playing gigs at places like Lyon Auditorium in Lyon, France, on October 28; Lantaren in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on October 31; Theatre De Municipal in Lausanne, Switzerland, on November 1 and Alte Feuerwache in Mannheim, Germany, on November 4.
The Psychedelic Furs schedule a romp through Spain for next month. Stops include June 20 (San Javier Murcia), June 21 (Palma de Mallorca), June 23 (Madrid) and June 24 (Barcelona).
New additions for Kathy Mattea are for cities west of the Rocky Mountains. Like October 21 in Idaho Valls, Idaho; October 22 in Nampa, Idaho and October 24 in Bremerton, Washington. Ms. Mattea also adds a couple of 2009 dates west of the big mountains – Wickenburg, Arizona, on March 25, and Riverside, California, on March 27.
It’s clubs, clubs and more clubs for Edison Glass in June and July. Newly added listings include June 28 in Virginia Beach, VA, at Club Relevant; July 6 in Tallahassee, FL, at Big Daddy’s; June 15 in Detroit, MI, at Magic Stick and July 18 in New York, NY, at Knitting Factory.
During the day we also updated the schedules for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, George Carlin, Groovy Judy, Henry Butler, Idina Menzel, Dr. Dog, Doobie Brothers, Carolyn Wonderland, Chelsea Handler, Bill Maher, Brad Garrett, Alice Smith, Jet Lag Gemini, Russell Peters, Patrice Pike, Sam Holt, The Insomniacs and This Is Hell.
And that’s what we’ve done so far. Find out where the afternoon takes us in Your Latest Update, scheduled for around 3 pm (PDT), from Pollstar.com!
This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)
In 1958, singer Jerry Lee Lewis announced his marriage to his 14-year-old cousin, Myra, as he arrived in London. The resulting controversy caused Lewis to be booed off stage and forced the cancellation of all but three of his 37 scheduled British concerts. It would take years for Lewis’s career to recover.
In 1989, independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old U-S payola law. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to distributing cash and cocaine to a radio station in order to get airplay for records by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Laura Branigan.
In 1991, the Memphis Commercial Appeal fired music critic Ron Wynn after he reviewed a performance by the hard rock band Lynch Mob. There was one only problem – the group never showed up for the concert. Wynn said he arrived late for the show by Cinderella, Nelson and Lynch Mob, and gathered his information on the opening act from other concertgoers.
In 1993, more than 40,000 fans packed a heavily-secured park along Tel Aviv’s beachfront to see Guns N’ Roses kick off a 15-country European tour. Tickets were 43 dollars — the highest ever price for a rock concert in Israel.