News …

Don’t anybody leave the room! R.E.M. offers reward for Peter Buck’s stolen guitar – BBC News

No more fast cars, checkered flags and racing days for Live Nation – Wired / Listening Post

Apple’s latest music discovery machine is sheer “Genius” – CNET

Marillion to put new album on P2P nets – The Times Online U.K.

Elbow win U.K.’s Mercury Prize – The Evening Standard U.K.

Guitars and EEGs. Gotta be Mercury RevThe New York Times (registration may be required)

Don Henley does the Q&A – Houston Chronicle

Views …

Santana in Edmonton – “Carlos Santana isn’t getting any younger. But even at age 61, the guitar virtuoso can still pull those high notes that send shivers down your spine.” – Edmonton Journal /

Stevie Wonder in Manchester, England – “It is not cliche to say that Stevie Wonder last night treated us to the soundtrack of our lives.” – Manchester Evening News

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in Boston – “The Cardinals are out to rule arenas. Everything they played had a grand, mythic sweep, with epic guitar workouts and larger-than-life choruses.” – Boston Herald / The Edge

Vampire Weekend in Louisville – “At last night’s sold-out show, songs such as ‘Mansard Roof,’ ‘A-Punk,’ ‘M79,’ ‘I Stand Corrected’ and ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’ rolled off the stage with ease, tightly played but given plenty of room to breath and move.” – Louisville Courier-Journal

Roy Hargrove in the Twin Cities – “… served up a set of acoustic, largely traditional-style jazz – while cleverly integrating some of those same modern, nonjazz elements.” – Saint Paul Pioneer Press (registration may be required)

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

is 71

Roy Ayers is 68

Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 66

Jose Feliciano is 63

Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 58

David Lowery (Cracker) is 48

Stevie D. (Buckcherry) is 42

Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 42

Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 42

Big Daddy Kane is 40

Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 28