News & View

Apple DRM rumors, CBGB, and Jim Morrison’s father passes in News. Sting, Coldplay, Carrie Underwood, Barry Manilow, and Bill Gaither & Friends “Homecoming” in Views.

News …

Is Apple dumping its DRM? And is it doing it today? – ZDNet

Huh? producing the next U2 album? That’s what Kanye West says –

Photo: Debbie VanStory and Taboo hype the crowd as Black Eyed Peas bring their quirky brand of hip-hop to the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Can CBGB rise to rock again? – Wall Street Journal (subscription may be required)

George S. Morrison, retired navy admiral and father of Doors singer Jim, dies at 89 – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Views …

Sting in Kuala Lumpur ” …regaled scores of fans with a flawless show at the Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre on Sunday night.” – Malaysia Star

Bill Gaither & Friends “Homecoming” in Hampton, Virginia – “A four-hour show, but the time went by too quickly.” – The Virginian Pilot /

Coldplay in Liverpool – “IF ever there was a man who sums up the phrase ‘dance like there’s nobody watching’ it’s Chris Martin.” – Liverpool Daily Post U.K.

25 anniversary celebration in Charleston, West Virginia – “It was a grand time for a lot of old friends to get together, but still manage to fit in one more show to close at 2008.” – The Charleston Gazette

Barry Manilow in London – “Manilow’s magic remains alive and thriving.” – The Times Online U.K.

Carrie Underwood in Nashville – “… pranced about her somewhat modest stage for about an hour and a half at the Nashville stop on her headlining tour, belting out 19 songs between two costume changes, hitting and sustaining notes many singers in country music wouldn’t dare try.” – The Tennessean

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

Dan Hicks is 67
Joan Armatrading is 58

Photo: Stephen Cohen /
Music Mill, Indianapolis.

Sylvia is 52
Donny Osmond is 51
Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 50
Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 43
Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 41
Brian Bell (Weezer) is 40
Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 39
Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 39
Kara DioGuardi is 38
David Kersh is 38
Tre Cool (Green Day) is 36
Canibus is 34
Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 32
Imogen Heap is 31

Photo: Matt Schwenke /
Imogen Heap channels Marlene Dietrich at The Rave in Milwaukee.

Jesse Metcalfe is 30