News …

Ozzy Osbourne accepts damages and apology from Brit tabloid in libel suit – Associated Press

Depending on who you talk to, Internet radio royalty discussions are either coming along fine, or have completely broken down – Los Angeles Times / Technology (registration may be required)

Local residents question promoter over proposed music festival in upstate New York – News Channel 2 WKTV

The Police to rock The Garden for PBS – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Homeless man claiming to be Grammy-winning music mogul scams 13 women via online dating service – The Telegraph U.K.

Spice Girls win top Glamour award – Chester Evening Leader U.K.

Views …

Mary J. Blige in London – ” … isn’t just in the business of taking the crowd on a trip down memory lane, and it’s not long before she’s sermonising for the benefit of the ladies in the house, while the men reluctantly take a back seat.” – The Independent U.K.

tour in New York City -“It was a colorful smorgasbord of stand-up, video, and song attended by all persuasions.” – Entertainment Weekly

Diana Ross in Niagara Falls – “Decked out in a sequined red gown, complete with a massive red boa that practically enveloped her entire frame, Ross had a rambunctious crowd in the palm of her hand.” – The Buffalo News

k.d. lang in Saskatoon – “Still thrills, this voice.” – The Star Phoenix

Crosby, Stills & Nash in Vancouver – ” … prove they’re still a supergroup” – The Vancouver Sun

R.E.M. at Denver’s Red Rocks – “The Athens, Ga.-based rock band, was red-hot and on-point. Expressive and vital, the group played a career-spanning repertoire that reminded the sold-out crowd of its scope and influence.” – The Denver Post

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

Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 63

Fred Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 62

Laurie Anderson is 61

Gail Davies is 60

Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 56

Kenny G is 52

Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 52

Brian McKnight is 39

Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 38

Mark Wahlberg is 37

P-Nut (311) is 34

Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 29

Seb Lefebvre (Simple Plan) is 27