News & Views

Dubai cancels New Year’s Eve festivities, Piano Store to the Stars closing, Lupe Fiasco warms Windy City and another “Best of” list in News. Gogol Bordello, Katherine Jenkins, Woody Allen and Susan Tedeschi / Derek Trucks Band in Views.

News …

Latest Israel / Gaza crisis causes Dubai to cancel all New Year’s Eve Events – The National

After nearly 54 years of biz, the current economic crises forces L.A.’s “piano store to the stars” to close – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

Lupe Fiasco warms Chicago residents by giving free coats to the needy – ABC 7 Chicago

Photo: Scott Legato /
Voodoo Music Experience, New Orleans.

Yet another best songs of 2008 list – Houston Press

Views …

Gogol Bordello in New York City- “The gypsy-punk rockers have been bombarding audiences for years with a invigorating mix of song and showmanship and last night the circus had the crowd bouncing about like bunnies – and we all know what that leads to.” – New York Press

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks Band in Florida – “If the rumors are true about the historic movie house being haunted, even the ghosts must have been grinning.” – Creative Loafing

Woody Allen in Warsaw – “Sala Kongresowa was the place to be seen, Sunday night, as Woody Allen was in town with his New Orleans Jazz Band” – The News (Poland)

Photo: AP Photo
Woody Allen plays clarinet during a concert of his New Orleans Jazz Band in Warsaw, Poland.

Katherine Jenkins in the U.K. – “Katherine’s programme was an eclectic mix of old favourites from musicals, some operatic arias and new items from her recent CDs.” – Harrogate Advertiser

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

Andy Summers (The Police) is 66
Peter Quaife (The Kinks) is 65
Burton Cummings is 61
Donna Summer is 60
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 57
Paul Westerberg is 49
Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 46
Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 45

Photo: Adam Bielawski
With Scott Ian leading the charge.

Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block) is 36
Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 33
Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance) is 29