News …

Guns N’ Roses decision to release new song on “Rock Band 2” is yet another indication of the changing music biz – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Grammy Foundation honors Beatles producer Associated Press

Ooh La La! Is there a Faces reunion in the works? – The Herald U.K.

Alicia Keys talks about growing up in Hell’s Kitchen and packing a blade – The Times Online U.K.

Pete Seeger to do benefit for New England farmers – Associated Press

A radio station beaming tunes under the sea was only one of the attractions at the Underwater Music Festival in Key West – Florida Today / Associated Press

Views …

Kid Rock in Edmonton – ” … preached a fiery sermon of sex, drugs and music, for nearly two hours to about 7000 of the converted, blending southern rock, hip hop, honky tonk, and heavy metal.” – Edmonton Journal /

Lil’ Wayne in Hattiesburg – “People in attendance crowded the stage, sat in lawn chairs or stood on top of their pickup trucks and danced to the pounding beat reverberating throughout the dragway.” – Hattiesburg American

James Taylor in Calgary – “Taylor played a pleasantly diverse show. This included most of his biggest hits, but also an array of timeless tunes from the worlds of country, R&B and even Broadway.” – Calgary Herald /

Brad Paisley, Jewel in Saratoga Springs, NY – “Rain doesn’t dampen Paisley Party” – Glens Falls Post-Star

Stevie Wonder in Vancouver – “With a 10-piece band and three back-up singers – one of which was his daughter, Aisha – the sound was big and celebratory.” – The Vancouver Sun /

Jonas Brothers in So. Calif. – “On a stage with two ramps that flickered with bursts of fire – this is the Burnin’ Up Tour, after all – Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas pumped out sculpted rock ‘n’ roll.” – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

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

Kyle Gass (Tenacious D) is 48

Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 42

Tanya Donelly (Belly, The Breeders) is 42

Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 33

Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) is 33