Overnight Sensation …

The following stories scheduled to post during the next 18 hours have been placed in a Zager & Evans time capsule where, hopefully, they won’t be read again until in the year 2525.

Blunt To Guest Edit Metro – James Blunt has a new calling – guest editing the global edition of The Metro.

‘Idol’ Gives Back Big Bucks – “American Idol” not only makes stars of people like Kelly Clarkson and Sanjaya Malakar, but it also gives out mega-bucks to charitable organizations. Maybe it’s Simon Cowell’s way of making up for all those nasty slams.

Link-O-Rama …

Judge who shut the original Napster down calls for copyright reform – Wired / Listening Post

The Russell Brand phone prank controversy reaches The New York Times (so it’s gotta be important!) – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Recording Association of Vietnam sues Nokia’s Vietnam branch for, you guessed it, copyright infringement. And for some reason, being sued by the RAV sounds scarier than being sued by the RIAA – The Washington Post / TechCrunch

Looking for a sign that the situation in Bagdad is improving? Here’s one – the musicians are returning – AFP

If you have to ask what the qualifications are for a band or artist to play the Nearly Famous Music Festival, then you’re not taking the event’s title seriously – The Vancouver Sun

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

The perpetual touring machine known as Status Quo updates this afternoon with new listings for the United Kingdom. The band’s calendar now includes February 10 & 12 in Southend On Sea at Cliffs Pavilion; February 13 in Plymouth at Plymouth Pavilions; February 14 in Portsmouth at Portsmouth Guildhall and February 17 in Ipswich at Ipswich Regent Theatre.

Cheech & Chong keep on keeping on, adding dates almost as fast as we can post them. New ones for Richard Anthony Marin and Thomas B. Kin Chong include January 18 in St. Louis at the Pageant; January 24 in Spokane at Spokane Arena; February 15 in Edmonton, Alberta, at Francis Winspear Centre For Music and March 7 in Reading, Pennsylvania, at Sovereign Perf. Arts Center.

Finally, Eve 6 updates with a couple of new ones – December 4 in State College, Pennsylvania, at Penn. State University, and February 21 in Deland, Florida, at Stetson, University.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Jo Dee Messina, Ivoryline, Bon Iver, Ra Ra Riot, Bill Engvall, Children Of Bodom, Colin Hay (Of Men At Work), Eagles, Lil’ Wayne, Janet Robin, In Flames, Teddy Thompson, The Black Keys, plus thousands and thousands of artists and bands that we’d love to mention in this space. And we’ll just leave it at that.

That wraps up today’s adventure in dataland. As always, thank you for your support and we hope you can join us tomorrow when we embark on another thrilling journey into the inner bowels of the concert industry. G’night!