News …

Bon Jovi’s NYC Central Park show may be free, but some people are going to pay through the nose – New York Post

Police investigating two people two deaths that occurred at first-annual in Michigan – WWMT / News Channel 3

Former Village People member Victor Willis postpones tour after undergoing surgery to remove nodules from his vocal chords – Associated Press

It’s back to rehab for “Jackass” Associated Press

Headbanger rocks until he goes blind. No, really – Edinburgh Evening News /

The “Liberace of the accordion” tells you everything you need to know about the wonderful squeezebox – Concord Monitor

Views …

Richard Thompson in Toronto – “This was a solo acoustic show: just the man, a mic and his guitar.” – National Post

Ben Folds in Nottingham – ” … a fabulous show, clocking in at around two hours and studded with old favourites and as-yet-unreleased new songs.” The Evening Standard / This Is

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in Oslo – “The entire concert turned into what the Norwegians affectionately call a folkefest, literally a ‘peoples’ party.'” – Aftenposten

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in Dallas / Fort Worth – ” … sent chills up the spine again and again, blending distinct and distinctly different voices into something that can only be called otherworldly.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

George Michael in the Twin Cities – ” … the former Wham star glowed with a contented aura during the 2 1/2-hour show that had the crowd dancing in the aisles and singing along throughout.” – Pioneer Press

Van Morrison in Toronto – ” … got down to business with tightly policed set of hits and tunes from new album.” – Toronto Star

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

Jerry Vale is 76

Steve Lawrence is 73

Raffi is 60

Toby Keith is 47

Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 47

Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 47

Joan Osborne is 46

Beck is 38

Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 38

Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 33

Tavis Werts (Reel Big Fish) is 31

Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 23