Overnight Sensation …

The following two items are scheduled for posting sometime within the next 16 hours. That means you’ll have something to read while your waiting for Wall Street to open tomorrow and tell you how much money you lost overnight.

Mudvayne Changes The Game – Metal quartet Mudvayne has come up with a new strategy that offers fans multiple benefits when they purchase the band’s upcoming CD, The New Game.

My Dinner With Polysics – The Japanese neo-wave quartet is headed to North America for a month-long trek in support of latest release We ate the machine.

Link-O-Rama …

Country Music Association plans retirement community for artists and musicians – The Tennessean

What do Willie Nelson, John Legend, Elvis Costello and Toby Keith all have in common? They’re all going to appear on “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!” – Newsday / Associated Press

Here’s a chance to find out what got your mothers all excited forty years ago. For the first time in years Tom Jones is going to release an album of all new material – Associated Press

France’s First Lady Carla Bruni finally gets her chance on “Later With Jools Holland” – The Times Online U.K.

Forget the video. YouTube is fast becoming the place for new music. And maybe a few pictures to go along with the tunes – Associated Press

Say what you will about the people of Finland, but they really love their heavy metal. Even in church – AFP

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

There’s only one Leon Redbone and he has new dates for December and next year. December’s new stops are Shirley, Massachusetts, on December 4 at Bull Run Restaurant and December 5 in Ogunquit, Maine, at Jonathan’s Restaurant. The new date for 2009 is March 21 in Schaumburg, Illinois, at Prairie Center For The Arts.

Ultimate Grateful Dead time machine Dark Star Orchestra adds Buffalo, New York, to the concert calendar for a gig at the Town Ballroom on November 25. Other new dates include December 1 & 2 in South Burlington, Vermont, at Higher Ground.

Umphrey’s McGee slots the last three days of the year for a multi-night stand in their hometown of Chicago. Auditorium Theatre is the venue for those shows – December 29 – 31.

And we have a club tour for Woven. Dates include October 11 in Denver at Bender’s Tavern, October 16 in Chicago at Dark Room, October 18 in Detroit at Corktown Tavern and October 23 in Jacksonville, Florida, at Jack Rabbits.

During the day we also updated the schedules for J.D. Souther, Keith Sweat, The Black Crowes, The Verve Pipe, The Ting Tings, Dolly Parton, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), Staind, John Doe / Kathleen Edwards, Hellogoodbye, Hanoi Rocks, Gym Class Heroes, Jenny Lewis, Flobots, Death In The Park, plus thousands of bands and artists too numerous to mention and whose names are too difficult to pronounce.

And that’s our story for Tuesday, September 16, 2008. Thank you for being our travel companion on today’s journey through the darkest and scariest regions of the concert industry and we hope you’re up for another trip tomorrow. G’night.