Link-O-Rama …

Are you surprised by the lawsuit Warner Music Group filed against Stone Temple Pilots? Then you can imagine how the band feels – Reuters

One juror in R. Kelly trial nearly dismissed, while another asks to be excused. Meanwhile, the rest of the jurors want to view the sex tape. Again – The Chicago Tribune

Coldplay’s Chris Martin surprises British Broadcasting Company by walking out on an interview after the first 9 minutes, which is about 8 minutes more than most people give the BBC – Telegraph U.K.

Dayton, Ohio’s International Airport to feature live music in the lobby, thus providing the latest blow to the struggling mime industry – Dayton Daily News

Canada wrestles with amendments to copyright laws. That is, when there isn’t a hockey game on TV – The Globe and Mail

Wanna see some pictures from the first day of ? – Broward New Times

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Backstreet Boys in the Great White North top our update today. New dates include July 29 & 30 in St. John’s’; August 1 in Moncton; August 2 in Halifax; August 5 in Montreal and September 4 in Vancouver. Other Canadian towns in the update include Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria.

Okkervil River hits the club and theatre circuit this fall with new dates like September 12 in Lawrence, Kansas, at The Bottleneck; September 19 in Portland, Oregon, at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom; October 2 in Athens, GA, at 40 Watt Club; October 4 in Richmond, Virginia, at The National Theater and October 12 in Toronto, Ontario, at Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Just a quick update from needtobreathe today – July 10 in Burlington, Vermont, and August 6 in Tucson, Arizona.

And we have a multi-night run for ’70s soul diva Freda Payne – April 14 – 19, 2009 at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room At Hotel Nikko.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Ed Harcourt, Downchild Blues Band, Chase Pagan, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, The Cheeseballs, One For The Team, Julie Budd, Alejandro Escovedo and Catch 22.

And that’s the scoop as we complete the first half of the day and move into Friday afternoon mode here on our sprawling, 2,238-acre campus. Don’t miss Your Latest Update, coming up around 3 pm (PDT), from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1970, the Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road” reached number one. The song was never released as a single in Britain, and Paul McCartney disowned the record after producer Phil Spector added a background chorus of women’s voices. Nonetheless, it was reported to have sold 1.2 million copies in its first two days of release.

In 1995, Seattle rockers Pearl Jam gave up their 18-month fight against Ticketmaster. The band said it was impossible to run a tour without the agency. Pearl Jam had claimed Ticketmaster was a monopoly with unreasonable service charges. The band complained to the U.S. Justice Department and testified before Congress.

Also on this date in 1995, country singer Ty Herndon was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to an undercover policeman in a Fort Worth, Texas park. Herndon’s arrest came about 90 minutes before he was to perform at a convention of Texas police chiefs. A charge of indecent exposure was dropped, but Herndon pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamines and received five years’ probation.

In 2001, Los Angeles authorities received hundreds of frantic calls over false rumors of a fatal car crash involving singers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.