News & Views

Elvis Costello, Queen, Tin Pan Alley and Fallen Records in News. Great Big Sea, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins and Sting in Views.

News …

Elvis Costello gives TV viewers a different kind of “spectacle” – Associated Press

With the Imposters and guest Allen Toussaint. )Photo: John Davisson).

Fallen Records – serving the musical needs of those who serve their country – The Times Online U.K.

Queen’s “We Will Rock You” among 28 recordings inducted into Grammy Hall Of Fame – BBC News

There really was a Tin Pan Alley. Of course, that was then. And now? – New York Observer

Views …

Great Big Sea in Saskatoon – ” … the answer to the musical question ‘who wants some fun?’ entertained a sold-out house at TCU Place.” – The StarPhoenix /

Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony in Seattle – “”I know about 75 percent of the people in here,” joked Brandi Carlile to a capacity crowd in Benaroya Hall Saturday night.” – The Seattle Times

Coldplay in Sheffield, England – “Masters of mellow show that they can do thunderous too.” – The Times Online U.K.

Willie Nelson in Kalamazoo, Michigan – “His music is like a big gnarly old tree with all the roots showing — country, blues, jazz, gospel, Tex-Mex.” – The Kalamazoo Gazette /

Judy Collins in Ottawa – “Mixing music with reminiscences, Collins shared memories of childhood Christmases, her first meeting with Leonard Cohen, whose song Suzanne she recorded, and other snippets of the past.” – Ottawa Citizen /

Sting Down Under – “At the Sydney Opera House last night, Sting took the stage with a lute instead of his usual bass guitar for an evening of music by Elizabethan composer John Dowland.” – The Australian

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

Billy Paul is 74
Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 69
Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 66
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is 64
John Densmore (The Doors) is 64
Bette Midler is 63

Photo: AP Photo
On NBC’s “Today” in New York.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is 62
Kim Richey is 52
Bart Millard (MercyMe) is 36
Sarah Masen is 33
Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is 31