News & Views

CBGB, Odetta, Christina Aguilera and loose ends in Hudson family murders in News. Mannheim Steamroller, Slipknot, Celine Dion, AC/DC and Kevin Costner & Modern West in Views.

News …

Still some loose ends in Hudson murders – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Remember CBGB? The relatives of the owner do. And they’re squabbling over the legendary club’s legacy. And merch – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Remembering Odetta’s message of hope – New York Daily News

Photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage
The legendary Odetta lays it down during the Salute To The Blues show held at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall.

Christina Aguilera wants you to know it’s hard being a working mom. What with all that balancing and all – Associated Press

Views …

Mannheim Steamroller in Providence – “Lacking leader Chip Davis, but still packing their trademark electro-pomp, Mannheim Steamroller got the holiday-concert season going last night at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium.” – The Providence Journal

Slipknot in London – ” … opened the British stretch of their world tour this week with three spectacular and deafening shows at the Apollo.” – The Times Online U.K.

Celine Dion in Los Angeles – “After five years of nightly honing of her act in Las Vegas, she and her tour director have created a production that’s all peaks, no valleys – at least in terms of pushing all the right buttons.” – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

AC/DC in Oakland – “For those about to rock at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday night, there was no shortage of reasons to salute the return of AC/DC, which played a tight and enthusiastic set.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Costner & Modern West in Alexandria, Virginia – “They performed a 16-song set of country-tinged originals; each song was preceded by a brief story, delivered with smarm-free charm, and the anecdotes were as valuable to the engaging evening as the music.” – The Washington Post

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

Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 66
Chris Hillman is 64
Terry Woods (The Pogues) is 61
Southside Johnny Lyon is 60
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; Rossington Collins Band) is 57
Cassandra Wilson is 53

Photo: Tim Orr
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Co. Fairgrounds.

Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 53
Bob Griffin (BoDeans) is 49
Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 46
Jay-Z is 39

Photo: AP Photo
“Operation Registration” rally, Cobo Arena, Detroit.

Lila McCann is 27