Good morning campers! Welcome to another week at Camp Pollstar.
To help rub the sleep out of your eyes on this beautiful Monday morning, we’ve got stories about Miley’s sweet sixteen, former “American Idol” contestants getting married, Korn’s Kevin Welch walks a new path, Ice Cube speaks out against violence, Snow Patrol on near-drowning experiences and a hip-hop star moves from rhymes to thyme, plus reviews of the Material Girl (or is it Woman now?), Springsteen on the political stump, a bluegrass invasion in Golden Gate Park, Christians who rock in Dallas and Chromeo taking Philadelphia for a spin.
Our little Miley is growing up so fast. A 12-hour birthday bash at Disneyland. Watch out Billy Ray. Next year it’ll probably be 24 hours in Las Vegas – Los Angeles Times
A former “American Idol” favorite ties the knot – People
Ex-Korn guitarist Kevin Welch discusses his new relationship with God – Chicago Tribune
Ice Cube shines a spotlight on gang violence in his new video with some help from a victim’s family – CNN.com
Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody talks about success and the need for his band mates to know CPR – The Australian
Move over Rachel Ray and Paula Dean, Coolio is moving in on your turf – Guardian U.K.
She may be 50, but she can still knock ’em dead. Madonna kicks off her North American tour – Associated Press
The Boss upstages a certain presidential hopeful in the Big Apple. And there’s more to come – New York Times
Bluegrass fans get way more than their money’s worth at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – San Francisco Chronicle
Christian rockers Third Day move Texas fans – Dallas Morning News
Canada’s Chromeo funk up Philly – The Philadelphia Inquirer
They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)
Millie Small is 62
Thomas McClary is 58
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 57
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 54
Matthew Sweet is 44
Tim Rushlow is 42
Tommy Stinson is 42