News & Views

Prince in smelly lawsuit, Michael Jackson too ill to travel, guitarists shine in rock documentary, Il Divo’s Q&A, picking the inaugural bands and back when MTV played music videos in News. Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Weir & Ratdog, James Blunt, Nine Inch Nails, Sammy Hagar & The Wabos and Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile in Views.

News …

It’s an odorous affair for Prince as perfume maker sues the Purple One for failing to promote scent – Reuters

Photo: AP Photo
Prince performs during the 10th annual Webby awards show in New York City.

Back when MTV played music videos – a pictorial journey through the music channel’s past – The Boston Globe

You know that lawsuit Sheikh Abdulla filed against Michael Jackson? The self-proclaimed King of Pop says he might be too ill to travel to London, offers video testimony instead – Associated Press

Will these bands and artists get the inaugural nod? – Boston Herald / The Edge

Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge to star in guitar rock doc –Variety

Il Divo’s David Miller does the Q&A – New York Post

Views …

Smashing Pumpkins in Uncasville, Connecticut – “Sunday night, the band’s 20th anniversary tour came to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, and reveled in a show that unleashed its every nuance with raucous abandon.” – Hartford Courant

James Blunt in Vancouver, British Columbia – “Clearly, Blunt’s crowd can’t get enough of the singer-songwriter’s distinctive voice – it ranges from butterfly flourishes or gravelly lows to high-pitched zingers — all set against a backdrop of sensitive musings. – Vancouver Sun /

Bob Weir & Ratdog in Greensboro, North Carolina – “At least three generations of fans turned the 2,400-seat room into one big dance hall, where everywhere you looked – the aisles, the rows, the orchestra pit – were often a mass of arms, hips and hands.” – Greensboro News-Record

Nine Inch Nails in Columbus, Ohio – “Along with Reznor’s rekindled creativity comes an insightful view of the body of his work as well as a restlessness that continues to move him fruitfully forward.” – The Columbus Dispatch

Sammy Hagar & The Wabos in New Orleans – “As evidenced by a tour de force ‘Heavy Metal,’ his hearty, sandpapered howl has lost none of its impact.” – The Times-Picayune

Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile in Buffalo, New York – “ … hit the bluegrass mark.” – The Buffalo News

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Jacky Ward is 62

Herman Rarebell is 59

Graham Parker is 58

Kevin Nealon is 55

Kim Wilde is 48

Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 46

Photo: AP Photo / The Ames Tribune
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett rips into a solo as he gets interrogated by fans at the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

Tim DeLaughter (The Polyphonic Spree) is 43

Duncan Sheik is 39

Jessi Alexander is 32

Fabolous is 29

Mike Jones is 28