News & Views

Amy Winehouse robbed, Florida promoter jailed, U.K.’s Internet tax and Springsteen pop quiz in News. The Pretenders, Andrew Bird, Lil’ Wayne, Todd Snider, Bill Gaither & Friends “Homecoming” and Kevin Costner & Modern West in Views.

News …

Amy Winehouse’s home burglarized – The Metro U.K.

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Glastonbury Festival, England.

Looks like U.K. residents will be paying an “Internet Piracy Tax” if the government lives up to its promise to give everyone broadband by 2012 – Daily Mail U.K.

Florida promoter arrested for allegedly selling bogus Kid Rock tickets – Star-Banner /

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Youth Inaugural Ball, Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.

Think you know Springsteen? Take the Boss Quiz – Asbury Park Press

Views …

The Pretenders in Albany – “Wearing tight jeans tucked into high-heeled boots and a sleeveless vest, Hynde worked the stage, shook her hips, rang her guitar, and sang with the same sexy appeal she had 25 years ago.” – Schenectady Daily Gazette

Andrew Bird in New York City – “At one point he had his guitar slung behind his back, his violin and bow in one hand and a glockenspiel mallet in the other as he whistled into a microphone.” – The New York Times

Bill Gaither & Friends “Homecoming” in Huntsville – “In traditional Gaither fashion though, it was a mixture of both gospel music and humor, mostly directed at Gaither himself.” – The Huntsville Times /

Lil’ Wayne in Phoenix – “Lil Wayne rocketed through some shortened versions of his hit songs including ‘Fireman’ and ‘Da Block is Hot’ while plumes of flames shot all around the stage.” – The Arizona Republic

Todd Snider in Kansas City – “It takes a lot for one guy with nothing but a guitar to command a big room, especially when he’s not wearing shoes. But that’s what Todd Snider did Wednesday night, inside a casino, no less.” – Kansas City Star

Kevin Costner & Modern West in Omaha – “His crisp voice fit right in with the country music, and even the slight twang that he sang with at times didn’t sound out of place. He voice even sounded great while singing a cappella during one spot.” – Omaha World-Herald

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

is 72
Norma Jean is 71
Marty Balin is 67
William King (The Commodores) is 60
Phil Collins is 58

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Jody Watley is 50
Tammy Cochran is 37
Josh Kelley is 29