News …

R. Kelly’s fate lies in the hands of 12 people who couldn’t figure out how to get out of jury duty – The Chicago Tribune

Motley Crue sues manager for making money off of Motley Crue – AHN

American Federation of Musicians sues “American Idol” producers over taped music – Associated Press

Amy Winehouse performs for rich Russians. But nothing happened. That is, except for a concert – Metro U.K.

Annie Lennox awarded British Red Cross’ Humanitarian Award – Aberdeen Press & Journal

Q&A with Death Cab For CutieCollege Times

Artists from the ’80s – Cyndi Lauper, Devo, Boy George – are in the spotlight in this report from ABC News

Views …

Carrie Underwood in Reading, PA – “The former winner of “American Idol” showed why she almost assuredly will go down in history as the show’s most successful offspring.” – Reading Eagle

ZZ Top in Charleston, South Carolina – ” … guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard of ZZ Top made it look easy last night (Sunday, June 8th) in front of loud packed-house at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.” – Charleston City Paper

Bon Jovi in the U.K. – ” … their show was all about songs such as “It’s My Life” and “Keep the Faith” – grand, classic-rock anthems shaped with a sleek, aerodynamic precision, building to choruses that released the tension like champagne corks popping.” – The Times Online U.K.

Mates Of State in Dallas – “The signature sound was the tight, high harmonies of Ms. Gardner and Mr. Hammel, who’ve been married since 2001 and sing as if they’re joined at the hip.” – The Dallas Morning News

Jamie Lidell in Philadelphia – “With his white suit, untied bow tie, and sliding dance moves, Jamie Lidell played the part of a blue-eyed soul singer at a late show” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Zappa Plays Zappa in The Big Easy – “… Zappa and his band delivered exactly what the fans wanted: Frank Zappa’s music served straight and skillfully.” – The Times Picayune

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

Bobby Freeman is 68

Dennis Locorriere is 59

Tim Allen is 55

Paul DeLisle (Smash Mouth) is 45

David Gray is 40

Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 39

Jamie Walters is 39

Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 38

is 34

Raz B (B2K) is 23