News & Views

Michael Buble, Hinder, used MP3s and vinyl reissues in News. The Hold Steady, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Alicia Keys, Snow Patrol, Ricky Skaggs and Neil Young in Views.

News …

Look who’s getting into the junior hockey biz . But will Michael Buble spring for the pucks and sticks? – Financial Post

Michael Buble

It’s the world’s first used MP3 shop. But is it legal? – BBC News

Are vinyl reissues worth the price of the vinyl they’re stamped on? –

Hinder does the Q&A – / Associated Press

Photo: AP Photo
Nokia Theatre Times Square, NYC.

Views …

The Hold Steady in England – “…they come from a lineage of American acts that stretches back to the early days of Bruce Springsteen and beyond.” – The Times Online U.K.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in Buffalo, NY – “The Flecktones took ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Jingle Bells,’ among others, to new heights by giving each variation an infusion of folk, bluegrass, funk and jazz.” – The Buffalo News

Alicia Keys in Brisbane – “Recession or not, when you can make people feel this good, you will always have a sizeable audience.” – Courier-Mail (Australia)

Snow Patrol in Tempe, Arizona – “Often, it felt like being at a friend’s house party where the band just happened to be incredibly talented.” – The Arizona Republic

Ricky Skaggs in Fort Worth – “Bless ‘im, country and bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs certainly knows how to fill a stage with strings.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Neil Young in Chicago – “As soon as Neil Young walked out onto the stage at the Allstate Arena Tuesday night, he launched into the sort of live-wire, feedback-drenched guitar solo you’d normally expect to hear at the climax of a concert. ” – Southtown Star

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

Composer Elliott Carter is 100
David Gates (Bread) is 68
Brenda Lee is 64

Photo: AP Photo
Brenda Lee performs a medley of tunes after becoming the first woman to be inducted into both the rock and country halls of fame.

Music producer Tony Brown is 62
Jermaine Jackson is 54
Mike Mesaros (Smithereens) is 51
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 50

Photo: Chris McKay /
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx kicks into high gear at Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

Darryl Jones is 47
Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 44
David Schools (Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic) is 44
Mos Def is 35