Overnight Sensation …

Sunny days lie ahead for those who take the time to read the following two items scheduled to post during the next 16 hours.

Anthony Hamilton Plays It Cool – The R&B singer is gearing up for a national tour to build anticipation for his upcoming release, The Point of It All.

The Killers Outline Day & Age Trek – Brandon Flowers and company have unveiled plans for a month-long North American jaunt and early spring U.K. and European runs behind full-length No. 3.

Link-O-Rama …

Bjork writes about her homeland’s environmental problems. And she’s not a happy camper – The Times Online U.K

L.A. Times blogger offers five tips on how a Plant-less Led Zeppelin can tour successfully. Our favorite has to be #5 – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

Sure, blame it on the drummer. Actually, not the drummer but the drums are causing problems for Activision’s “Guitar Hero World Tour,” as the company prepares to release a tool to fix “sensitivity issues” – Wired

Just in time for Halloween! What’s shaped like a battleaxe and is compatible with “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” vid games? Give up? It’s the Gene Simmons Axe Guitar! – Kotaku.com

Up close and kind of personal with DidoThe Telegraph U.K.

Songwriters Hall of Fame member Danny Dill, who co-wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, and “Detroit City” with Mel Tillis, dies at 84 – The Tennessean

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Tis the season for “Jingle Bell Rock” a tour package consisting of Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The Dears, Sebastien Grainger and Mike Relm that’s cruising through Canada in December. New dates include Toronto on the 13th at Sound Academy, the 15th in Winnipeg at Burton Cummings Theatre, the 16th in Saskatoon at Prairieland Park, the 17th in Edmonton at Shaw Conference Centre, the 19th in Calgary at the MacEwan Conference And Event Centre and the 21st in Vancouver at Vogue Theatre.

Singer / songwriter Melissa Ferrick makes the final update deadline with new listings for December. Look for Ms. Ferrick playing the Evening Muse in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the 6th, Atlanta at the Five Spot on the 7th and come December 8 it’s Nashville at 3rd & Lindsley. The artist also adds a couple of 2009 dates – January 10 in Oswego, New York, at the McCrobie Building, and December 18 in Toronto at Slacks Restaurant & Bar.

And the Squirrel Nut Zippers also add new December dates to the ol’ routing sheet. New band stops include Brooklyn, New York, on the 5th at Southpaw Music & Entertainment, Ithaca, New York, on the 6th at State Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, on the 7th at Webster Theatre and Londonderry, New Hampshire, on the 8th at Tupelo Music Hall. The band also slots Aspen, Colorado, for a show at the Belly Up Aspen on December 18, and Denver the next night for a gig at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

During the day we also updated the schedules for Fountains Of Wayne, Leonard Cohen, Take That, Jars Of Clay, Eric Church, Leon Redbone, NOFX, Fleet Foxes, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Hal Ketchum, Simply Red, Trust Company, Dar Williams, Patti Austin, Lonestar, Particle, plus 3000 artists, 2,531bands, 300 guitarists, 75 pianists and one kazoo player from Kalamazoo who paid us 50 cents to mention him in this space.

And thus we bring today’s journey through the land of concert data to an end. Thank you for making the trip with us and we hope you’ll join us tomorrow as we seek out more tour dates for you and yours. G’night!