News & Views

AMA photos, Amy Winehouse’s hubby loses appeal attempt, Paul McCartney’s ghosts, Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr living on the edge and Opera Australia director dies in News. Lucinda Williams, AC/DC, Billy Joel, Sigur Ros, Bob Weir & Ratdog and Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile in Views.

News …

Everything you love and hate about the AMA’s summarized in 15 Kodak Moments – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Photo: AP Photo
Kanye West arrives at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Amy Winehouse’s husband loses appeal attempt – Associated Press

Opera Australia director found dead in hotel room – The Sydney Morning Herald

Paul McCartney and the ghosts that haunt him – The Times Online U.K.

Catching up with Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr – Sunday Herald U.K.

Views …

Lucinda Williams in Los Angeles – “Crazy good. And sane good, sexy good, playful good, anguished good, angry good, cathartic good, brawny good, rockin’ good, bluesy good — head, heart and soul good.” – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

AC/DC in the Twin Cities – “The very reason AC/DC has maintained such a strong following over more than three decades – and drew a rabid, sold-out crowd of 15,419 Sunday night – is the band’s unwavering commitment to, well, rocking out, which was fully evident at the X.”- Pioneer Press / Twin (registration may be required)

Billy Joel in Perth, Australia – “Listening to Joel was like stepping straight back into the 80s, with synthesizers, a sassy saxophone solo, beat-timed lighting, mic stand twirling and a revolving piano stage on show.” – Sunday Times / PerthNow

Sigur Ros in London – “If Moses had arrived bearing the tablets of stone he would not have been given a more reverential reception than that accorded to the Icelandic quartet as they sidled in near darkness on the Alexandra Palace stage.” – The Times Online U.K.

Bob Weir & Ratdog in Fort Myers, Florida – “The concert kicked off with a groovy jam that found its way into the Grateful Dead’s ‘The Music Never Stopped.'” – The News-Press

Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thiles – The progressive bluegrass quintet melds modern and traditional elements. It’s sometimes bluegrass, sometimes folk, sometimes classical and sometimes even alternative.” – Arkansas Democrat & Gazette /

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

Johnny Carver is 68
Pete Best is 67
Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T. & the MG’s) is 67
Lee Michaels is 63
Clem Burke (Blondie; The Romantics) is 53
John Squire (Stone Roses) is 46
Gary Stonadge (Big Audio) is 46
Chad Taylor (Live) is 38