The Closing Bell

As the sun sinks gently over the Fresno Coast we close out the day with new dates for Queensryche, Black Label Society, Jason Mraz and Mates of State, and links to items about Amy Winehouse, Motown’s 50th b-day celebration, New York Philharmonic and selling the Grammys.

Link-O-Rama …

Music artists and dignitaries gather to celebrate Motown’s 50th anniversary – Detroit Free Press

Looks as if Mr. Amy Winehouse is divorcing his meal ticket – Associated Press

Having played North Korea last year, the New York Philharmonic sets its sights on Vietnam – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Lil’ Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke join ad campaign to promote this year’s Grammy Awards telecast – Los Angeles Times / Pop & Hiss (registration may be required)

Photo: AP Photo / The Canadian Press
Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ontario.

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

We received a hefty update for the Black Label Society listing new dates for March, April and May. Specifics include March 6 in San Francisco at The Fillmore; March 20 in Saskatoon at The Odeon; April 14 in Boston at House Of Blues and May 2 in Los Angeles at The Wiltern.

Queensryche dumped about a thousand or more dates on our loading dock this morning. Well, maybe not a thousand, but more than we can count without using our computers. Stops include April 18 in Portland, Oregon, at Roseland Theater; April 28 in Denver at the Paramount Theatre; April 30 & May 1 in Milwaukee at Potawatomi Bingo Casino; May 15 in NYC at Nokia Theatre Times Square and May 22 in Houston at House Of Blues.

Photo: Rod Tanaka /
Coors Amphitheatre.

Jason Mraz expands his February schedule, adding shows in Rhode Island, DC, New York, Indiana and Illinois. Dates include the 2nd in Kingston, Rhode Island, at Ryan Center; the 13th in Washington at Charles E. Smith Center; Valentine’s Day in Schenectady at Union College; the 16th in W. Lafayette, Indiana, at Elliott Hall Of Music and the 17th in Dekalb at No. Illinois Univ. Convocation Center.

Finally, Mates of State fills out their April calendar. New listings include the 2nd in Richmond, Virginia, at The National; the 11th in Chicago at the Metro, the 17th in Seattle at Neumo’s and the 29th in Houston at Warehouse Live.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Matt & Kim, Marty Stuart, Millencolin, Mindless Self Indulgence, Newsboys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Weller, Roger Hodgson, Sevenglory, Stampeders, Testament, The Pussycat Dolls, Amanda Palmer, Black Kids, plus everyone you’ve ever wanted to see, dead and/or alive.

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

And that wraps up the Monday adventure in the land of tour dates. Thank you for your support and we hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more hot date-city-venue action. G’night!