The Closing Bell

Another day, another zillion dates inspected, validated, weighed and posted. Before we shut out the lights we want to tell you about the new ones for Blues Traveler, Glenn Tilbrook, The Black Lips and The Gaslight Anthem, and links to items about Zep nixing reunion plans, the vinyl comeback, guitar lessons through your browser, managing networked music and software that generates music based on your humming.

Link-O-Rama …

No Zep this year. With or without Robert Plant.  At least, that’s today’s word – Rolling Stone

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Robert Plant and Jimmy Page make them sweat and make them groove at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Not only is vinyl slowly making somewhat of a comeback, but here’s something you probably haven’t thought about in years – 45 rpm – The Times Online U.K.

Why use a band when you have Microsoft? The house-that-Gates-built unveils software that generates backing music after you sing a melody into a microphone connected to your computer – The Seattle Times

Having problems managing your networked music? Maybe you need a … ConductorWired

Wanna use your Internet browser to learn how to play the guitar? – CNET / Webware

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

It’s been quite a while since we spotlighted new dates for Blues Traveler, so we were pleasantly surprised when an updated routing landed on our loading dock this afternoon. New engagements include March 20 in Alexandria, Louisiana, at North Levee Park; March 28 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at University Of Pittsburgh; June 9 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, at Ridgefield Playhouse and June 12 in West Palm Beach at the Performing Arts Center.

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Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.

Squeeze-man Glenn Tilbrook steps out this year for a solo run. Newly added dates include March 21 in Falls Church, Virginia, at Narrows Center For The Arts; March 23 in Atlanta at Smith’s Olde Bar; March 26 in Cleveland at Back Porch At House Of Blues and March 31 in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live.

We also received a mess of Black Lips dates for Europe and the U.S. Euro stops include Rotterdam on February 4 at Watt; Hamburg on February 7 at Molotow; February 13 in Brussels at Botanique and February 14 in Paris at Maroc. U.S. shows include March 15 in Milwaukee at Turner Hall Ballroom; Marchy 18 in Lawrence, Kansas, at The Bottleneck and March 27 in Miami at Churchill’s Pub.

And we have a few new listings for The Gaslight Anthem – March 28 in Philly at Trocadero Theatre; April 15 in Orangevale, California, at The Boardwalk and April 16 in San Fran at Slim’s.

During the day we also updated the schedules for The Hackensaw Boys, The Haunted, The Dwarves, Sean Carney Band, Rodney Carrington, Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly, Luis Miguel, Keith Sweat, Jethro Tull, Dance Gavin Dance, Amanda Palmer, A Skylit Drive plus all the other bands and artists we’d love to mention in this space if only our corporate masters would come up with the bucks to tack on only two more column inches.

Photo: John Davisson
Rothbury Festival, Double JJ Ranch, Michigan.

That’s a wrap for this Thursday in concertdom. Thank you for using our Web site and we hope we can serve you again tomorrow. G’night!