News & Views

Robert Plant, Goth / Folk in 2009, album comeback rumors, Internet radio sans computer and the Big Bopper’s casket in News. The Flaming Lips, Chris Brown, Billy Joel, Paquito D’Rivera and Lil’ Wayne in Views.

News …

UK radio station listeners pick Robert Plant for rock’s best voice – Glasgow Daily Record U.K.

Photo: David Leyes
Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre gets a whole lotta love from Robert Plant.

Is 2009 the year for a Goth / Folk revolution? – The Times Online U.K.

Or will 2009 mark the return of the album? – New York Post

Internet radio without a computer? Sanyo has it – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Get ready for the auction of the year (so far) as Big Bopper’s casket is prepped for eBay glory – Beaumont Enterprise

Views …

The Flaming Lips in Oklahoma City – ” … as about 11,000 fans seemed to agree, having the Flaming Lips ring in 2009 was the ultimate good luck charm.” – The Oklahoman /

Chris Brown in Nottingham – “He’s still only in his teens, but R&B’s latest and hottest superstar has come a long way since making his UK chart debut, almost exactly three years ago.” – Evening Post U.K. /

Billy Joel in Hollywood, Florida – “This was the Joel of ‘Angry Young Man,’ ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ and ‘Movin’ Out.’ It was not the Joel of ‘She’s Got a Way’ and ‘Captain Jack.'” – South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Paquito D’Rivera in NYC – “He is a complicated performer: a virtuoso, a scholar and a gold-plated ham in equal parts.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Lil’ Wayne in Cleveland – ” … is one of the sharpest rappers of his generation, specializing in off-kilter (and sometimes off-color) wordplay delivered in an unusual yet instantly recognizable voice. No wonder his nickname is ‘Weezy.'” – The Plain Dealer

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

George “Funky” Brown (Kool & The Gang) is 60
Chris Stein (Blondie) is 59
Iris Dement is 48
Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 43

Photo: Terry Mayer /
Wis.’ Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

Marilyn Manson is 40