News & Views

Metallica, Bono, Madonna and “Canadian Idol” in News. The Manhattan Transfer, Neil Young, Michael McDonald and Celine Dion in Views.

News …

Eight years after its dust up with Napster, Metallica comes to terms with the Internet – Boston Herald / The Edge

Photo: Duane Fernandez
James Hetfield of Metallica, BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

Citing the economic climate, CTV cancels “Canadian Idol” for 2009 – Hamilton Spectator / Torstar News Service

Nobel Peace Prize winners honor BonoLos Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Madonna / Ritchie divorce details – Associated Press

Views …

Celine Dion in Chicago – “Dion was at her most impressive when the music was scaled back to put the focal point on her clear, muscular voice.” – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Neil Young in New York City – “Here in the first of two tour-ending New York shows, he presented himself not only as a stubbornly craggy survivor but also as an avid early adapter, a holdout hippie idealist, an evenhanded pragmatist and a sharp-eyed cynic.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Photo: AP Photo
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

The Manhattan Transfer in Texas – “Frigid temperatures couldn’t stop the heat – or the beat – that built up Monday night at the Eisemann Center, as the Manhattan Transfer took the stage for an hour and a half of thoroughly sublime holiday fare.” – The Dallas Morning News

Michael McDonald in South Bend, Indiana – “Acting as a surrogate Santa, McDonald and his merry band of musicians gifted his audience with songs from his two Christmas albums, plus hits from his time with the Doobie Brothers as well as his solo career.” – South Bend Tribune

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

Art Neville is 71
Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 60
Paul Rodgers is 59

Photo: AP Photo
Stop at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest.

Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 50
Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 47
Tim Chewning is 46
Tracy Byrd is 42
Duane Propes is 42
DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 38
Eddie Fisher (OneRepublic) is 35
Bree Sharp is 33