The Closing Bell

Time to turn off the lights, lock the doors and fire up that electric fence that keeps the riffraff at bay. But before we close up for the night we need to tell you about new dates for Cat Power, Gipsy Kings, Mudvayne and Robin Williams, and link you to items about U2’s Larry Mullen, Dave Stewart’s shiny new toy, Death Cab For Cutie frontman’s movie star fiancée, Las Vegas’ surefire economic indicator and the five worst album covers of 2008.

Link-O-Rama …

U2 drummer Larry Mullen says he’s uneasy with Bono’s relationship with war criminals.  But then, when Mullen says “war criminals,” he’s referring to former Brit prime minister Tony Blair, and soon-to-be former president George Bush – Belfast Telegraph

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U2 delivers another crowd pleaser at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

You probably know by now that negotiations between Warner Music Group and Google/YouTube recently broke down, causing WMG to remove all of its content from YouTube. But what you might not know is that some WMG artists are ticked off about it –

What does the current economic crisis mean for Las Vegas? For one thing, it means more strippers looking for work – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Dave Stewart has something for you. That is, if you have a taste for the unusual and $1,400 burning a hole in your pocket – The Sun U.K. / Gordon Smart’s Bizarre

Huh? Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel engaged? – People

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Pemberton Festival, British Columbia.

The 5 worst album covers of 2008? – The Dallas Observer / DC9 At Night

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Funnyman Robin Williams updates today with more show listings for early 2009. New on Mork’s calendar is February 14 in Phoenix at the Dodge Theatre; March 20 in Louisville at the Louisville Palace; March 26 in Bloomington, Indiana, at Indiana University Auditorium; March 27 in Rosemont, Illinois, at Rosemont Theatre and March 30 in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

We added several new dates for Mudvayne today, including February 3 in Waterloo, Iowa, at McElroy Auditorium; February 9 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at Riverside Ballroom; February 13 in Omaha, Nebraska, at Sokol Auditorium / Underground and February 21 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at Piere’s Entertainment Center.

Photo: Adam Bielawski
Mudvayne singer Kud is dressed for the season – even if it’s the wrong one – at Chicago’s Tweeter Center.

Gipsy Kings add dates for Pennsylvania, Oregon and California. Stops now include June 7 in Glenside, Pennsylvania, at Keswick Theatre and September 6 in Troutdale, Oregon, at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater. New California listings include September 9 in San Rafael at Marin County Civic Center; September 10 & 11 in Saratoga at the Mountain Winery; September 13 in Pala at Pala Casino and September 17 in Highland at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

And Cat Power closes up the Monday fun with two new dates in New York City (February 6 & 7 at the Apollo Theatre), and one date in DC (February 8 at the 9:30 Club).

During the day we also updated the schedules for D.B. Bryant, Chicago, David Allan Coe, Delta Spirit, Dr. John, Eric Benet, Guttermouth, Hot Buttered Rum, Jah Works, Joshua Redman, Kevn Kinney, Kings Of Leon, Rev Theory, Sista Monica, The Gutter Twins, The Whigs, Theory Of A Deadman, Yes plus thousands and thousands of bands and artists whose schedules desperately needed that unique touch.

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The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.

That wraps up today’s fun and frolic with concert data. Thank you for your support and we hope we can serve you again tomorrow. G’night!