News & Views

Lady GaGa, “Guitar Hero Metallica,” top ten classic rock logos and Madonna’s Rio tumble in News. Neil Young, Ice Cube, Tracy Chapman, Billy Joel, Oasis and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in Views.

News …

The top 10 classic rock logos … ever? – Houston Press

Is Lady GaGa the “future of pop?” – The Times Online U.K.

Photo: Randall Michelson Photography
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, Calif.

Lars Ulrich talks about “Guitar Hero Metallica” –

Whoops! Madonna takes a tumble in Rio

Views …

Neil Young in Worcester, Mass. – “You think you know Neil Young by now, and then he plays a show that leaves you slack-jawed by his conviction to shake things up.” – The Boston Globe

Ice Cube in Austin – ” … the man is still riveting. And has a much deeper catalog than you might remember.” – Austin 360

Tracy Chapman in England – “Muted protest ballads such as ‘Behind the Wall’ and the twinkling escape-fantasy classic ‘Fast Car’ have lost little of their quietly insistent beauty, earning a rapturous singalong reception in Bristol.” – The Times Online U.K.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones in New England – ” … threw a Christmas party on Saturday for a couple thousand music lovers at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass.” – Hartford Courant

Billy Joel in New Zealand – “Joel’s many voices have told stories of characters, lives and events that have been bottled and preserved for our pleasure.” –

Oasis in Chicago – “With a countenance like an angry gorilla and body language that seemed to suggest: ‘I’m better than you and I know it,’singer Liam Gallagher definitely had his egotistic rocker schtick down pat.” – The Chicago Tribune

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

Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 63
Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 62
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 59

Photo: AP Photo
Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, rock Hamburg, Germany.

Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 57
Jeff Carson is 45
Michael McCary is 37
Chris Scruggs is 26