Overnight Sensation …
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L.A. Rings In New Fest - The City of Angels is preparing for an epic celebration of all things Wagner with the recent announcement of Ring Festival L.A.
DC Artists Mark Inauguration Day - Thought election-related music news would fade away after Nov. 4? Think again.
Diddy, Pete Wentz and Taylor Swift among the artists casting votes - Associated Press
Woman testifies she saw Phil Spector transform into "a demon" - San Jose Mercury News / Associated Press (registration may be required)
Chris Cornell wants you to know he is not the new Robert Plant - The Post Chronicle
Pasadena Orchestras lay off execs, need $3.5 million to keep the music alive - Los Angeles Times / Culture Monster
Would you pay almost $1.6 million for a 24-carat gold and diamond replica of George Michael's face? George will - Monsters & Critics
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Andre Rieu's update was so heavy we needed two Teamsters to bring it up from the loading dock. Covering April, May and June, Mr. Rieu's North American tour includes Toronto on April 17; Montreal on April 19, NYC on April 23; Philadelphia on April 28; Cleveland on May 16; Omaha on May 25; Los Angeles on June 19 and Vegas on June 24. All but three venues are listed as TBA, but we think you can guess where Andre will play in your town.
Steve Winwood also updates with new 2009 dates. The man who made history with The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith before going strictly solo adds January 15 & 16 in NYC at United Palace; January 19 in Baltimore at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; January 20 in Montclair, New Jersey, at Wellmont Theatre and January 23 in Niagara Falls, New York, at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
John Legend adds a few new March dates for the United Kingdom and Europe. Today's additions include March 9 in London at Carling Academy Brixton; March 13 in Manchester at Apollo Manchester; March 16 in Cologne at E-Werk and March 17 in Munich at Tonhalle.
And we have one date for The Cure. The band will play the "NME Big Gig" in London at the O2 Arena on February 25.
During the day we also updated the schedules for Melissa Ferrick, Billy Joel, Hamell On Trial, Kathleen Edwards, Jackson Browne, Pink, Oasis, Peter Mulvey, Michael Martin Murphey, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Hamilton Loomis, Family Force 5, Ellis Paul and thousands of artists and bands all reminding you to vote.
And that wraps up today's excursion into the world of concert data. Thank you for being our companion today and we hope you can join us tomorrow. If not, please send a friend. A really hot friend, if possible. G'night!