Overnight Sensation …

“Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” has been the chant coming out of the editorial bullpen all day proving our writers definitely have Halloween on the mind, as shown in the following two items scheduled to post within the next 16 hours.

Bassist Lured Into Parlor By Pink Spiders – Nashville pop punks The Pink Spiders have apparently grown tired of sharing the tour bus with hired guns.

It Came From Finland – And you thought it was safe to come out from under the bed. Finnish monster-rockers Lordi are poised to invade U.S. shores next month in support of brand new release, Deadache.

Link-O-Rama …

Apple Corps to announce deal placing Beatles songs in “Rock Band” video game series – The Wall Street Journal

Vote-buying charges relating to free James Taylor shows in North Carolina dismissed – Asheville Citizen-Times

Jermaine Jackson confirms Jackson Five reunion rumors, says Michael will partake – ABC Online Australia / AAP

Is Joe The Plumber looking to become Joe The Country Music Star? – Politico.com

Shakira to lobby Latin leaders on behalf of child welfare – Reuters

Because he’s a convicted felon, Rapper T.I. thought he couldn’t vote. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything you hear – Associated Press

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Big news sometimes comes in small packages, or in our case small venues as singer / songwriter Elliott Murphy slots a rare U.S. tour for December and January. New York City-born Murphy, who has lived in Paris since the mid-1980s, plays Europe quite often, but seldom plays his home country. Touring clubs, dates include December 10 in Somerville, Massachusetts, at Johnny D’s Restaurant & Music Club, December 16 in DC at Velvet Lounge, December 18 in Larchmont, New York, at Watercolor Café, January 7 in San Francisco, at Cafe Du Nord and January 14 in Long Beach at Blue Café. One more thought… Bruce Springsteen has often invited Murphy onstage whenever The Boss plays Paris. Maybe it’s time for Murph to return the favor.

Delbert McClinton updates with a couple of new 2009 listings. New to the calendar is January 10 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (venue TBA) and February 13 in New Braunfels, Texas, at Gruene Hall.

It’s time to yell out for “Freebird!” Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the final update deadline today with November 28 & 29 in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, January 3 in Uncasville, Connecticut, at Mohegan Sun Arena and January 8 – 10 on a Carnival Cruise based out of Miami.

And we have a few new ones for Big Head Todd & The Monsters – January 2 & 3 in Aspen at the Belly Up, and March 5 in Dallas at House Of Blues.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Third Day, Johnny Mathis, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, “Dancing On Ice”, Mike Relm, Ali Campbell, Billy Currington, Pink, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson, Funeral For A Friend, The Sleeping, Cowboy Troy, Clint Black plus thousands upon thousands of artists and bands that we’d love to mention if only we had the space. So just use your imagination. After all, it’s what keeps us going.

That’s a wrap for today. As always, thank you for your support, for we would feel really strange posting all these concert dates during the past 14 years if you and your concert-loving buddies didn’t bother reading them. Of course, we’ll have more fresh concert data to fill up your brain tomorrow. See ya!