Link-O-Rama …

Volunteers either working for Barack Obama or the concert itself expected to have the best seats for Bruce Springsteen’s afternoon gig in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Inquirer /

Is Apple serious about its threat to close down iTunes if forced to pay higher royalty fees? – CNET

You know those criticisms being thrown at Metallica claiming the new CD sounds distorted and that the tracks prepped for “Guitar Hero” sound better than on the CD? Lars begs to differ – KBS Radio

Should the online music biz and record labels switch to a revenue-sharing plan? – The Washington Post /

Jay-Z to do free show in Detroit for voter registration – Detroit Free Press

After nearly 4 decades of worldwide acceptance, “Krautrock” finally catches on in Germany – Reuters

Australian music theatre star, Rob Guest, dies after suffering massive stroke – The Australian

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Judas Priest, along with Megadeth and Testament will terrorize the United Kingdom next February. New dates include Sheffield Arena on the 13th, Birmingham LG Arena on Valentine’s Day, Glasgow’s SECC on the 16th, Manchester Arena on the 17th, Nottingham Arena on the 18th, Cardiff Arena on the 20th and London’s Wembley Arena on the 21st.

Taylor Swift updates this afternoon with new 2009 appearances. New on Ms. Swift’s routing sheet is March 1 in Plant City, Florida, at Florida Strawberry Festival, June 4 in Enterprise, Alabama, at Bama Jam, June 24 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, venue TBA, July 7 in Craven, Saskatchewan, venue TBA and July 16 inTwin Lakes, Wisconsin, at Country Thunder USA – Wisconsin.

Days Of The New adds new December dates. New shows include Minneapolis on December 3 (venue TBA), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at Nutty’s on December 4, Lincoln, Nebraska, at The Rock of Lincoln on December 5 and Cedar Falls, Iowa, at The Reverb on December 6. Other new stops include Palatine, Illinois, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

And country rocker Kevin Fowler adds a string of Texas dates for venues large and small. New listings include Pittsburg at Cowboy Jim’s on November 6, Paris at Cross Wire on November 8, Houston at Reliant Stadium on December 1, Hunstville at Shenanigans on December 3, Austin at Star Of Texas Fair & Rodeo on March 28 and New Braunfels at River Road Icehouse on September 6.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Misfits, Jack Ingram, Greg Weeks, Junior Brown, Ricky Skaggs, Schiller, Seven Mary Three, The Oak Ridge Boys, White Lion, Western Underground and Switchfoot.

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