News & Views

Bomb blast at Philippines concert, Kylie Minogue’s Christmas treat, music piracy arrest at Australia airport and violinist fights to keep royalty payments coming for Beatles song in News. Ronnie Spector, Jazmine Sullivan, Jim Brickman and Jon Bon Jovi with Bruce Springsteen in Views.

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Rob Garza helps set up the computers to be used in tracking Santa Claus around the globe in the Santa Operations Center in Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

News …

Concertgoers injured in bomb blast at concert in southern Philippines –

New Zealand man arrested at Sydney, Australia, airport for allegedly pirating counterfeit music CDs – 9 News MSN

Kylie Minogue brings Christmas cheer to cancer-stricken children – Herald Sun /

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Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.

Violinist who played on Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” fights to keep royalty payments flowing. Unless there’s a change in European Union law, the song will enter the public domain in 2016. The violinist is 84 – Bloomberg

Views …

Ronnie Spector in Foxboro, Massachusetts – “The former Ronettes leader let it be known that, at 65, with a formidable nest of brown hair intact (a heated debate arose at my table: Is that a wig?), she’s as feisty as ever.” – The Boston Globe

Jon Bon Jovi, (surprise guest) Bruce Springsteen and friends at the “Hope Concert” in Red Bank, New Jersey – “This was the fourth Hope Concert, a tradition founded and organized by [Bobby] Bandiera, a longtime member of the local music scene who currently tours with Bon Jovi.” – Asbury Park Press

Jazmine Sullivan in NYC – “Bursting out of a tight white tuxedo shirt underneath a black overall dress and sporting a fingerless black glove on her right hand, she was a combination of tender and tough; at times she sang while clutching a white towel, which she used to wipe her forehead between songs as a prizefighter would between rounds.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Jim Brickman in Virginia Beach – “Three words came to mind to describe the concert – amazing, inspiring, delightful.” – The Virginia-Pilot

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

Mike Curb is 64
Lemmy (Motorhead) is 63
Ian Burden (The Human League) is 51
Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 45
Ricky Martin is 37

ALAS Foundation concert, Zocalo Square, Mexico City.

Ryan Seacrest is 34