The Closing Bell

New dates for The Boxer Rebellion, Kenny Loggins, Rod Stewart and Tim Reynolds And TR3 and links to items about the RIAA suing a really sick person, Olivia Newton-John’s battle against breast cancer, Joaquin Phoenix’s new, ahem, career, weekend action at NAMM and a really big keyboard bring joy and knowledge to one and all!

Photo: John Davisson
Bear Creek Music & Art Festival, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Fla.

Link-O-Rama …

Remember that gigantic piano keyboard Tom Hanks danced on in “Big?” Starting next month it will be on display at Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum – Associated Press

Proving you can’t hide from the R.I.A.A., a severely ill Pittsburgh-area woman decides to settle downloading lawsuit – MSNBC / The

Olivia Newton-John says positive thinking helped her beat breast cancer – Daily Mail U.K.

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Olivia Newton-John gives a cheery performance before the men’s singles final match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Remember when Joaquin Phoenix announced he was giving up acting so he could have a music career? Well … – People

Checking out the action at this year’s NAMM – OC Weekly / Heard Mentality

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Kenny Loggins updates today with new listings for March. Stops include Costa Mesa, California, on the 5th, 6th and 7th at the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. After Costa Mesa, it’s Phoenix with a show at the Celebrity Theatre on the 8th. Beaver Creek, Colorado, scores two shows – the 11th and the 12th at the Vilar Center followed by the 13th in Henderson, Nevada, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, and Vegas on the 14th at the Aliante Casino. Mr. Loggins also slots Tarrytown, New York, at the Tarrytown Music Hall for April 2 and the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa, for August 6.

Photo: Paul Parks
Viejas Concerts in the Park gets going with Kenny Loggins.

The Boxer Rebellion loads up on gigs in Germany, adding a Hamburg stop at the Headcrash for April 2; Cologne at the Underground for April 3; Stuttgart at Universum for April 4 and Nuremberg at Kunst Verein for April 5. Other German stops include Frankfurt, Dresden and Berlin.

Tim Reynolds And TR3 keep making the tour longer by adding dates to the end of the calendar. Today’s new ones include March 6 in Knoxville, Tennessee, at World Grotto; March 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Visulite Theatre; April 18 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at Charlottesville Pavilion and April 28 in Atlanta at Smith’s Olde Bar.

And we have a few international Rod Stewart dates to pass your way – March 4 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, at Impact Arena; March 7 in Hong Kong at AsiaWorld-Arena; March 12 in Tokyo at Budokan Hall and July 10 in Eckernforde, Germany, at Festivalgelande.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Steve Kimock, Senses Fail, Rino Gaetano, Righteous Brother Bill Medley, Tab Benoit, The Arkells, The Jakes, The Tommy Castro Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, Z-Trip, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Greyboy Allstars, Pnuma Trio, Peter Murphy, Pitbull, Passion Pit, Lifesavas, Mishka, Elton John, Bullet For My Valentine, Bob Dylan, plus more bands and artists than we can possibly list in this space due to the second law of thermodynamics.

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Bob Dylan feels the pain when he sings “Cry Awhile” at the Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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