Working For The Weekend …

Our writers want you to know that while you’re camping, hanging by the pool, barbecuing or just kicking back and enjoying this three-day weekend, they are hard at work slaving away on the following items scheduled to post during the next few days.

Saturday: Veiled Hint Of Floyd ReunionPink Floyd drummer Nick Mason recently said he’d love to do some shows with the band.

Oasis Announce Rare Club Gig – The always unpredictable Gallagher brothers have announced the band will play a rare club show in New York City in anticipation of upcoming release Dig Out Your Soul.

Hot Chip Heats Up – U.K. dance/pop quintet Hot Chip moves closer to the title of hardest working band in the business this fall with another North American run.

Sunday: Madge Irks Eco Groups – The opening show of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour received a rapturous response from critics and fans but the 49-date trek has been getting flak from environmental groups.

Alison Moyet Re-Turns To North America – On the heels of a wildly successful Yaz reunion tour with former partner Vince Clarke, the iconic U.K. singer has announced dates for her first North American tour in 14 years.

Monday: Whole Lotta Cuts – Olympic Games organizers insisted on a few cuts to Led Zeppelin’s classic “Whole Lotta Love” before it was performed by Leona Lewis.

He’s Live Jim – Blue-eyed soulster Jamie Lidell will hit the road in North America for few weeks this fall before joining Elton John in Europe to see the year out.

Drive-By Truckers Hold Steady – The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers have announced a run of fall co-headlining dates.

Tuesday: Brazilian Girls Take NYC On Tour – The eclectic electronic trio unveils dates for its final North American shows of 2008.

Tracy Chapman’s Future In Europe – Singer/songwriter Chapman heads out for her first solo tour in more than a decade in support of her first album since 2005.

Next week’s HotStar is Jamie Lidell.

Link-O-Rama …

Bankruptcy judge wants owners of site where Michigan’s first took place to sell the property as quickly as possible – Muskegon Chronicle /

Usher, Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield join for concert kicking off this year’s NFL season – Associated Press

You can call Poison’s Bret Michaels a man of many talents, or you can just call him a magician – The Houston Chronicle

Brian Wilson still knows how to make music like … like … Brian Wilson! – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Hey! Wanna buy Napster? The company says it is willing to consider a sale – Reuters

“I Kissed A Girl” got her noticed, but Katy Perry just wants to entertain – The Times Online U.K.

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Bob Weir & Ratdog’s fall tour is set for October and November. What’s more, there are several two-night stands on the schedule. New shows include October 30 & 31 in Westbury, New York at Capital One Bank Th. At Westbury, November 5 & 6 in DC at Warner Theatre and November 14 & 15 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania at Bob Weir & Ratdog at Tower Theatre.

Tracy Chapman heads to Europe during the final months of 2008. Stops include Brussels on November 12, Oslo on November 15, Stockholm on November 16 and Berlin on November 19. The city list also includes Copenhagen, Paris, Dresden, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Munich and Zurich.

Brazilian Girls add new North America shows for October. Among the stops you’ll find October 3 in Chicago at House Of Blues, October 9 in Boston at Paradise Rock Club, October 10 in NYC at Terminal 5 and October 11 in West Chester, Pennsylvania at The Note.

And we have a very serious update from The Pink Spiders detailing the fall tour. New listings include September 17 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, September 18 in Philadelphia, October 12 in Tempe and October 23 in San Francisco.

Well, it’s time for us to put away our concert data toys for the next three days and celebrate the last holiday of the summer. Have yourself a fabulous weekend and, above all, don’t forget to experience some live music! Happy trails!