Overnight Sensation …

The following items are scheduled to post during the next 18 hours. Or 17.99999 hours if you’re on metric.

It’s An Al World – Virtuoso guitarist Al Di Meola is launching a U.S. tour early next year with some help from his new band World Sinfonia.

Citizen Cope Heads South – Citizen Cope, aka singer/songwriter Clarence Greenwood, has unveiled a slate of early 2009 dates that will see him on the road with a full band in the South through late winter.

Link-O-Rama …

Chinese Democracy is the first Guns N’ Roses album in 17 years. Wanna know what Axl was doing all that time? – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Sean Stewart settles case resulting from a nightclub brawl last year, leaving Rod Stewart’s son to go back to whatever it is he does – Associated Press

New Order reissues go snap, crackle and pop. Rhino now plans to reissue the reissues – Reuters

The long and hard life of George Jones sounds like some of the songs he sings – The Houston Chronicle

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Bret Michaels makes the final update deadline with new dates for February, April, May, June and September. A sampling of the Poison-man’s tour plans shows him playing Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, on February 7; Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 18; Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on May 8; Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California, on June 20 and Peppermill Hotel Casino & Spa in Reno, Nevada, on September 26.

John Barrowman – a.k.a. Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC’s “Torchwood” TV series – takes his song & dance act to major halls and arenas in the U.K. come May. Dates and places include May 14 in Glasgow at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; May 23 in Cardiff at Cardiff International Arena; May 28 in Bournemouth at Pavillion Theatre and May 31 in Plymouth at Plymouth Pavilions.

The Fray updates with new January and February listings. New ones include January 6 in Engelwood, Colorado, at Gothic Theatre; January 12 in Toronto, Ontario, at Phoenix Concert Theatre; January 14 in Boston at Wilbur Theatre and February 4 in NYC at Webster Hall.

During the day we updated the schedules for Britney Spears, Colourmusic, Broken Social Scene, Kelly Richey, Mogwai, Born Ruffians, Bloc Party, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Presidents Of The United States Of America, Soulfly, Seth Walker, Sara Bareilles, Pride Tiger, Katy Perry, plus thousands and thousands of bands and artists, big and small, thin and fat, living and dead.

And that concludes today’s adventure in concert data. Thank you for joining us today and we hope you’ll be up for another trip into the unknown tomorrow. G’night!