The Closing Bell

The sun’s over the yardarm and that means it’s time to close up shop for the day. Tonight we leave you with new dates for 3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Britney Spears and Travis, and links to items about a plan to include royalty payments in college students’ tuition fees, the top cultural possessions of 2008, rumors of a $99 iPhone and creating music for video games.

Overnight Sensation …

The following items scheduled to post during the next 18 hours have been edited for violence and nudity.

Puscifer At The Pearl – Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan to debut his new project – Puscifer – at The Pearl in Vegas.

The Russians Are Coming – Russian rockers Mumiy Troll announce a run of North America dates to build buzz for the band’s upcoming U.S. debut Comrade Ambassador.

Link-O-Rama …

Are universities and colleges working with the recording industry to add royalty fees to student tuitions? – Wired

Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Madonna and The Dark Knight were among Americans’ “top pop cultural possessions” during 2008. Or so says eBay – Reuters

Photo: AP Photo
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles.

A $99 iPhone? At Wal-Mart?? – InformationWeek

Scoring music for video games can seem almost as complicated as creating the game itself – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

3 Doors Down updates today with new dates for January and February. Stops for the band now include January 22 in Reading, Pennsylvania, at Sovereign Center; January 24 in Johnson City, Tennessee, at Freedom Hall Civic Center; January 27 in Tallahassee, Florida, at Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr.; January 28 in Hollywood, Florida, at Seminole Hard Rock Live and New York City on February 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Photo: Mike Bradley
Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Today’s additions for Britney Spears are additional dates for previously announced markets. Newly scheduled second nights of Britney include March 14 in Newark, New Jersey, at Prudential Center; March 19 in Toronto, Ontario, at Air Canada Centre; March 23 in Uniondale, New York, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; April 17 in Los Angeles, California, at Staples Center; April 20 in Anaheim, California, at Honda Center and April 29 in Rosemont, Illinois, at Allstate Arena. Britney also adds two more stops at London’s O2 Arena – June 13 & 14 – bringing her London show count to 8.

Look for Travis in Europe during early 2009. New additions to the band’s routing sheet include February 4 in Cologne, Germany, at Live Music Hall; February 10 in Paris, France, at Casino de Paris and February 12 in Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz.

And we close out the evening with a big heaping helping of Disturbed dates. Details include January 16 in Milwaukee at Eagles Ballroom; January 26 in Sacramento at ARCO Arena; February 6 in Corpus Christi at The Pavilion @ Concrete Street and February 22 in Atlantic City at House Of Blues.

Photo: John Davisson
With Disturbed bringing the sickness to Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

During the day we also updated the schedules for David Byrne, Dar Williams, Chaka Khan, Cancer Bats, Eric Clapton, Gallagher, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, John Hammond, Judge Jackson, Locash Cowboys, M. Ward, Oasis, No Justice, Reverend Horton Heat, Rod Stewart, Tim Reynolds And TR3, Umphrey’s McGee, Wilson Phillips, plus more bands and artists than you’ll ever hear on TV or see on the radio.

That wraps up Monday, December 8 in the land of concert data. Thank you for your support and we hope we can be of service tomorrow. G’night!