News & Views For Wednesday, February 18

Gerry Rafferty, Elton John, Elvis and Canadians wanting more control of the ‘Net in News. Brad Paisley, Ne-Yo, Willie Nelson and Chick Corea / John McLaughlin in Views.

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Canadians get on the stick to enact new Internet content regs.

News …

Still looking for Gerry Rafferty? He’s in Italy – Glasgow Evening Times

Elvis may have left the building, but he hasn’t left Bakersfield. The local P.D. is looking for him –

Canadian art groups want new rules for Internet content, insist on all e-mail correspondence to begin and end with, “Eh?” – CTV

When auction bidders pay $250,000 for Elton John to put their lyrics to his music, you just gotta wonder if Elton needs Bernie Taupin anymore – The Canadian Press

Views …

Brad Paisley in Winnipeg – “But in a genre brimming with appealing personas, Paisley’s got the goods and gives up a consistently fun show. And hey, he’s not such a bad-looking fellow, either.” – The Winnipeg Free Press

Ne-Yo in Dallas – “He’s also light and smooth on his feet, able to keep pace with professional dancers. Then there’s his voice, a sultry tone adept at rhythmic jams and emotive ballads.” – The Dallas Morning News

Chick Corea and John McLaughlin Down Under – ” … put on a show that truly had to be heard to be believed.” – Adelaide Independent Weekly

Willie Nelson in Roanoke – ” … They were into a standing ovation before Nelson even had his guitar strap on.” – Roanoke Times

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

Yoko Ono is 76

Photo: Andy Argyrakis /
Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago.

Bobby Hart is 70
Irma Thomas is 68
Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 68
Dennis DeYoung is 62
Juice Newton is 57
Randy Crawford is 57
Robbie Bachman is 56
Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 56
Dr. Dre is 44
Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 32
Regina Spektor is 29

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Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.