The Closing Bell

Quittin’ time on the Fresno Coast! But before we lock up the doors and head down to the Music Biz Merger Bar & Grill for happy hour (where every drink comes with an additional fee), we want to tell you about the new dates for James Taylor, Modest Mouse, Gomez and Kevin Fowler, and links to items about Van Halen’s tour plans, Miley Cyrus’ apology, Perez Hilton’s singing career and Microsoft’s original programming for Zune.

Link-O-Rama …

Eddie says Van Halen will tour … sometime – Reuters

Photo: AP Photo / The Star Ledger
Van Halen at the Continental Airlines Arena, E.Rutherford, N.J.

Is the world ready for Perez Hilton singing? – The Times Online U.K.

Miley Cyrus wants you know she is not a racist – Fox News

Microsoft to offer original programming for Zune – MediaPost

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Modest Mouse updates today with more March dates. Details include March 8 in Fort Lauderdale at Revolution; March 10 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at House Of Blues; March 14 in Philly at Electric Factory and March 15 in NYC at Terminal 5.

Photo: John Davisson
Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash.

James Taylor will tour the U.K. and Ireland this summer. New dates for J.T. include June 27 in Bournemouth at Bournemouth International Centre; July 3 in Dublin at The O2; July 5 in Birmingham at The NIA and July 6 in London at the O2 Arena.

New dates for Gomez include stops on the East Coast and in the South. Look for the band playing the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 22. March 24 finds them in Atlanta at Center Stage. Baltimore lands the band for a March 26 show at Rams Head Live! and Northampton, Massachusetts, hosts the group on April 2 for a show at Pearl Street.

And we have a few new ones for Kevin Fowler. Like April 15 in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Aggie Theatre; April 23 in Abilene, Texas, at The Lucky Mule Saloon and June 20 in Midland, Texas, at The Ranch.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Larry Carlton, Infected Mushroom, Handsome Furs, Foghat, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Eddi Reader, Deadmau5, Dash Rip Rock, Dar Williams, Bonedrivers, Black 47, Backyard Tire Fire, Luis Miguel, Motorhead, Old School Freight Train, Portugal. The Man, Ricky Skaggs plus all the other artists and bands you love. Or will love.  Or should love.

Photo: AP Photo
Luis Miguel has lovers swooning at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Valentine’s Day 2002.

That wraps up the Thursday happenings here at the campus. As we get ready to clear out of here and make way for the night shift, we want to thank you for visiting us today, and we hope you’ll have some time to spend with us tomorrow. If not, we’ll come looking for you. G’night!