News …

Will G8 turn customs officers into copyright police? – The Ottawa Citizen

Yale bestows honorary music degree on Paul McCartney. Now you can call him Sir Dr. Paul – Associated Press

Waiting to see the Foxboro Hot Tubs in Southern California turns into an all-day affair – San Diego Union-Tribune

comes back from the brink – The Detroit News

Does reggae music need a marketing plan? – The Jamaica Observer

Equipment owned by the late Ron Diggins, hailed as inventing the mobile disco and credited as being the world’s first “turntablist,” goes on the auction block – Glasgow Daily Record

Marshall Chess talks about the “family business” otherwise known as Chess Records – The Independent U.K.

Views …

R.E.M. in British Columbia – “Elegant in suit jacket, tie and jeans, Stipe, 48, was the epitome of cool as he grooved across the stage, connecting with the crowd.” Globe & Mail

Sheryl Crow in Toronto – ” … delivered a wildly celebratory and downright soulful hour-and-45-minute show at the Molson Amphitheatre last night in support of her aptly-titled latest album, Detours.” – Toronto Sun

OneRepublic in Fayettteville – ” … put on a solid show Friday night at the outdoor Arkansas Music Pavilion.” – Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Rush in Winnipeg – “They’re about the sort of drill-team precision and consistent perfection on display last night.” – Winnipeg Sun

Andre Rieu in Pennsylvania – “Dressed in a dark tuxedo, with his long and wavy hair, the Denmark native led his over 40-piece orchestra on a night of glitz and glamour.” – Reading Eagle

Liza Minnelli in London – “In the end, her adoring audience gave her a good half-a-dozen ovations.” – The Times Online U.K.

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

Ramsey Lewis is 73

Don Williams is 69

Bruce Cockburn is 63

Siouxsie Sioux is 51

Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) is 50

Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 42

Brian Desveaux (Nine Days) is 37

Andre 3000 (Outkast) is 33

Jadakiss is 33