The Closing Bell

It’s just about time to unleash the guard keeshonds and turn on the (solar powered) alarm system for the evening. Tonight we leave you with new dates for Bonnie Raitt, Franz Ferdinand, Little Big Town and Morrissey, plus links to items about Paula Abdul, DMX, Mudvayne and Britney Spears. Enjoy!

Overnight Sensation …
Our writers are putting the finishing touches, including spell checking, grammar checking and price checking, on the following items scheduled to post during the next 18 hours.

Yanni Finds His Voice – Greek composer and instrumental superstar Yanni is preparing to return to the scene next year, but he’s made a couple of changes.

Rebirth Of CBGB – CBGB is being revived with merch sales and plans to one day reopen a club by the duo that paid $3.5 million for the brand earlier this year.

Link-O-Rama …

With this week’s number one album, you’d think everybody loves Britney’s Circus. But then, PETA isn’t “everybody” – The Cleveland Leader

Paula Abdul tees off against “Idol” producers, claiming they allowed stalker fan to get close to her – People

DMX arrested in Florida – / Associated Press

Photo: Robb D. Cohen /

Catching up with MudvayneBoston Herald / The Edge

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Morrissey’s Spring United Kingdom tour is starting to take shape. What’s more, U.S. dates are also emerging. Today Moz updates with March 3 in Jacksonville, Florida, at Florida Theatre; March 6 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at House Of Blues and March 13 in Richmond, Virginia, at The National. There are also three Ireland dates on the schedule – Killarney on April 28 at INEC; Galway on April 29 at Leisureland and Omagh on May 1 at Leisure Centre, New Brit dates include Liverpool on May 10 at Liverpool Empire Theatre; Hull on May 19 at Hull Arena; London on May 26 at Troxy and and London on May 28 at Carling Academy Brixton.

Photo: Steve Jennings
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Bonnie Raitt fills in her March 2009 calendar. Newly added gigs for that month include the 6th in Salina, Kansas, at The Stiefel Theatre For Perf. Arts; the 9th in Dallas, Texas, at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; the 11th in Pensacola, Florida, at Saenger Theatre; the 13th in Saint Augustine, Florida, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre; the 14th in Pompano Beach, Florida, at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre and the 15th in Clearwater, Florida, at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Franz Ferdinand also loads up on March dates, but today’s new ones are for Europe. Details include the 12th in Brussels at AB Club @ Ancienne Belgique; the 13th in Amsterdam at Paradiso; the 16th in Lille at Aeronef; the 17th in Paris at Olympia; the 20th in Copenhagen at VEGA House Of Music and the 21st in Stockholm at Cirkus.

And we have a smattering of new listings for Little Big Town. Stops include February 17 in Boise, Idaho, at Knitting Factory Concert House; March 7 in Chicago, Illinois, at Joe’s Sports Bar; May 18 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at American Music Theatre and October 3 in Yuma, Arizona, at Yuma County Fairgrounds.

Photo: AP Photo
LP Field in Riverfront Park, Nashville.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Marc Almond, Meshuggah, Michael Franks, Keane, Jody Watley, Guttermouth, Funeral For A Friend, Dr. John, Clarence Carter, Celtic Woman, Asia, Cold War Kids, Disco Biscuits, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk plus more bands and more artists than anyone knew existed.

That brings our Tuesday adventure in concert data to a close. As always, thank you for keeping us on your desktop and we hope you can join us again tomorrow for another sojourn through the mystical land of tour dates. G’night!