Overnight Sensation …

The first step in putting Wall Street back on its feet is to read the following two items scheduled to post sometime during the next 16 hours.

Flobots Fight On Into Fall – The Denver six-piece hip hop collective has added another leg to its run in support of debut, Fight With Tools.

Dengue Fever Catches On Worldwide – The Los Angeles-based Cambodian-American rock outfit continues to heat up the road with a schedule that will see the band on stages in the U.S. and abroad through the end of the year.

Link-O-Rama …

Major media and tech companies unite to fight piracy – Reuters

Sure, Apple has stood up to labels demands for variable pricing on iTunes, but will Steve Jobs & company be able to stand up to Norway and that country’s insistence that iTunes drop DRM? – Computerworld

Will upcoming Grammys be just like last year’s? – Los Angeles Times / Extended Play (registration may be required)

Any bets on how long it will take Wal-Mart to reconsider dumping its DRM support? – CNET

Who could possibly rescue the music programs at over 20 Palm Springs schools? This sounds like a job for Superman Barry Manilow! – The Desert Sun

Joe Walsh is not one to “walk away” from a Q&A – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Probably the last thing any one expected to see here at Pollstar.com HQ was a string of dates for The Boomtown Rats. Although Bob Geldof isn’t in this version of The Rats, there’s still plenty of history to soak up during the band’s short string of 2009 United Kingdom shows. Stops include Leeds on January 21 at The Irish Centre, January 22 in Bedford at the Corn Exchange, January 29 in Alnwick at the Playhouse and February 12 in Croydon at Ashcroft Theatre.

Backstreet Boys update today with listings for the U.S. and Canada. On Halloween the boys will scare up some action in Montlcair, New Jersey, at the Wellmont Theatre. On November 2 the town is Wallingford, Connecticut, and the venue is Chevrolet Theatre. Quebec City gets the gang for a November 4 show at Pavillon de la Jeunesse. Winnipeg hosts them on November 12 at the MTS Centre and look for them on November 17 in Kamloops, British Columbia, at the Interior Savings Centre. Other new stops include Reading, Pennsylvania, London, Ontario, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Funny lady Lisa Lampanelli loads up on the 2009 gigs. New shows include Pittsburgh on January 100 at Byham Theaer, Austin on February 7 at Paramount Theatre, Atlantic City on February 15 at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa and Minneapolis on May 2 at Orpheum Theatre. The new schedule also includes stops in Detroit, Cincinnati, Portland, San Diego and Indianapolis.

And we have a November update from The Blasters. New gigs include November 8 in St. Louis at Beale On Broadway, November 12 in Milwaukee at Shank Hall, November 15 in Columbus, Ohio, at The Thirsty Ear and November 21 in Asbury Park at The Saint.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Oasis, Kaiser Chiefs, Glasvegas, Letters To Cleo, 3 Inches Of Blood, Los Lonely Boys, The Offspring, Cheech & Chong, Elbow, Augustana, Zebrahead, David Usher, Daniel Taylor, Marc Broussard, The Ting Tings, and all the bands and artists worth caring about. Plus a few that desperately need someone, anyone, to care for them.

That’s going to do it for our Monday hunt for fresh concert data. Thank you for your support and we look forward to being your humble servant tomorrow. G’night.