News & Views

Reactions to possible Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger, Grammy’s unknown powerhouse and Christian Bale’s hit rant in News. Chaka Khan, Katy Perry, Simply Red, Zac Brown Band, Antony & The Johnsons and Girl Talk in Views.

News …

Looks as if Christian Bale’s obscenity-laden rant on the set of “Terminator Salvation” is a hit – Click Liverpool

Photo: AP Photo

Concert fans react to possible Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger – Los Angeles Times

Investors like the sound of a Ticketmaster / Live Nation marriage, as both companys’ stock rises on merger rumors – MSNBC / Associated Press

Is Jimmy Sturr Grammy’s best kept secret? –

Views …

Chaka Khan in London – “With her magnificent, red-hued mane of hair blown hither and yon by two electric fans placed in front of her, and a smile that could light up a small town, she took command of the stage with a practised air of entitlement.” – The Times Online U.K.

Simply Red in Perth – “It was surprising how funny Hucknall was. He jumbled the set list and made light of it, acknowledging that he should have been wearing his reading glasses.” – Sunday Times / Perth Now

Zac Brown Band in NYC – “Mr. Brown treated his guitar like a home gym, working through fast-picked passages with an intense look on his face, and sometimes pounding out notes as if he were punching the instrument.” – The New York Times

Antony & The Johnsons in D.C. – “The essential tension in the music of Antony and the Johnsons is between the precise chamber-rock arrangements and Antony Hegarty’s precarious falsetto.” – The Washington Post / Post Rock

Girl Talk in Australia – “The music never stopped. Track after track was effortlessly mixed into what seemed like an endless set and the crowd chanted out their favourite lyrics when Gillis played tracks from his latest album Feed The Animals. – The Courier

Katy Perry in Tempe,AZ – “She proved that she’s not a pop star that needs backing tracks or who can’t play her own instruments – she may have upbeat music, but she’s a serious musician.” – The Arizona Republic

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

Claude King is 86
Barrett Strong is 68
Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 67
Al Kooper is 65
Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 45

Photo: Jen Lowery
Velvet Revolver member Duff McKagan is joined by Billy Idol during Vanity Fair’s benefit for the Step Up Women’s Network at The Avalon in Hollywood.

Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 41
Bobby Brown is 40
Sara Evans is 38

Photo: AP / The Saginaw News
Temple Theatre, Saginaw, Mich.