News & Views

Secret messages in songs, balloon-like iPod speakers, whizzing on Metallica fans and “Blowin’ In The Wind” goes commercial in News. Umphrey’s McGee, Slipknot, The Lost Boys, Eagles, Lil’ Wayne and New Kids On The Block in Views.

News …

Massachusetts cop discovers it’s illegal to urinate on Metallica fans – Cape Cod Times

Photo: Scott Legato /
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Mich.

Kids! Grab your decoder rings and decipher the secret messages in songs – Jossip

If you’ve been looking for an external iPod speaker that looks like a Nerf ball, your prayers have been answered – DVICE

Say it ain’t so, Bob Dylan! Say you didn’t license “Blowin’ In The Wind” for an ad campaign – Crain’s Manchester Business

Photo: AP Photo
Bob Dylan brings his artisty to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.

Views …

Umphrey’s McGee in Denver – “Overall, the show was nothing short of great.” – Colorado Westworld

Slipknot in Kansas City – “The Sprint Center had yet to see a show as insane as Slipknot’s.” – St. Joseph News-Press

Eagles in So. Florida – “The vocal harmonies, already crystalline in the first portion, gelled even more pristinely on several acoustic numbers performed by the singers while seated on stools.” – Miami Herald

The Lost Boys in Northern California – “The crowd that was privileged to witness the first official Lost Boys concert was as equally enthusiastic as the band.” – Lake County Record-Bee

Lil’ Wayne in Seattle – “From inconsistency Wayne wrought humanity, unabashed and drenched in sweat. In the (very entertaining) process of making a fault an asset he connected deeply with the adoring audience.” – The Seattle Times

New Kids On The Block in London – “The venue was full of women in their thirties, all suddenly wondering where their youth had gone, but intent on reliving it, if only for one night. – The Times Online U.K.

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

Bobby “Blue” Bland is 79

Photo: Jeff Moore / Zumapress
Bobby "Blue" Bland shows he’s still got the blues, at Norfolk, Va.’s Constant Center.

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 64
Nedra Talley (The Ronettes) is 63
Mikhail Baryshnikov is 61
Cheryl White is 54
Richard Young (Kentucky Headhunters) is 54
Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 52
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 48
Gillian Gilbert is 48
Tracy Lawrence is 41
Mike Patton is 41
Tricky is 41
Michael Kulas (James) is 40
Kevin Denney is 33