The Closing Bell

Wrapping up the Hump Day extravaganza we have new dates for Ani DiFranco, Rodney Carrington, Peter Gabriel and Eagles, and links to items about Busta Rhymes apologizing, Ricky Martin’s “spiritual moment,” Canadians bracing for a big hike in blank CD prices and artists embracing advertising as a way to reach audiences.

Overnight Sensation …

Reading the following items scheduled to post during the next 18 hours will make you laugh, cry, smile and frown. But more importantly, reading these items will up the number of impressions we give to our advertising clients.

Kweller Gears Up – Ben Kweller hits the road in February to support his upcoming release, Changing Horses.

Photo: John Davisson
Texas native Ben Kweller performs for the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin.

Braxton’s Tumor Scare – Toni Braxton says the reason she sat out the recent “Dancing With The Stars” is because she had a benign lump removed from her breast.

Link-O-Rama …

Busta Rhymes apologizes to Arabs over his song “Arab Money” – The National, United Arab Emirates

Photo: Jen Lowery
Busta Rhymes gives a shout out to Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre.

They used to call placing music in advertising “selling out,” but today’s musicians realize it’s a way to get people to listen to them – National Post

Canadians brace for a big hike in blank CD prices, thanks to a boost in that country’s “The Private Copying Tariff “ – CBC News

Ricky Martin calls fatherhood a “spiritual moment” – Associated Press

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Ani DiFranco updates this afternoon with new listings for March. Stops on Ms. DiFranco’s touring calendar now include the 3rd in Wilmington, Delaware, at Grand Opera House; the 9th in Roanoke, Virginia, at Jefferson Center; the 13th & 14th in Asheville, North Carolina, at The Orange Peel and the 22nd in Tallahassee, Florida, at The Moon.

It’s Eagles in Europe in 2009. New dates for the band include June 1 in Bergen, Norway, at Koengen; June 7 in Berlin at O2 World; June 10 in Vienna at Wiener Stadthalle and June 15 in Munich at Olympiahalle.

Photo: Duane Fernandez
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

Funny guy Rodney Carrington adds new stops for the first half of 2009. Details include March 27 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at ASU Convocation Center; April 26 in Waco, Texas, at Zack & Jim’s Hog Creek Icehouse; May 8 in Syracuse, New York, at Landmark Theatre and June 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at MGM Grand Hollywood Theatre.

And we have two dates for Peter Gabriel in Mexico – March 27 in Mexico City at Foro Sol / Autodromo Hernandez Rodriguez, and March 29 in Guadalajara at Arena VFG.

Photo: AP Photo
Portugal’s Rock in Rio-Lisbon.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Pansy Division, Monte Montgomery, Mustard’s Retreat, NOFX, Lonestar, Loretta Lynn, John Gorka, Heart, Graham Parker, Everlast, Danko Jones, Children Of Bodom, Buckcherry, Big & Rich, Bette Midler, Avenged Sevenfold, Andrew Bird, plus thousands of bands and artists we’d love to list in this space, however our therapist says we need to move beyond this compulsion to list thousands of bands and artists.

That wraps up today’s adventure in concert data. Thank you for your support and we hope we’ll see your face looking at our place on the Web tomorrow. G’night!