The Morning Mix: Led Zep in Wheaton?; U2 Possibly Playing FedEx; Phish Jams On; M.I.A. Not Down With 'Ickitt'
Headlines:Led Zeppelin played here? At the Wheaton Youth Center? On Jan. 20, 1969, during Led Zep's first U.S. tour? "Yes. No way. Depends whom you ask," writes David Montgomery, who notes that "Zeppelin-in-Wheaton is Washington's own rock-and-roll Loch Ness Monster." ... U2 is announcing its world tour today. It begins in Barcelona on June 30 and will kick off a North American leg at Chicago's Soldier Field on September 12, according to Billboard. *UPDATE*: Fan site U2 Exit has the band performing at FedEx Field on Sept. 29 and Charlottesville's Scott Stadium on Oct. 1, with tickets going on sale in early April. ... Hampton comes alive: The Phish reunion tour has begun. The band Twittered the set lists for the three-night stand and is now offering free MP3s of the shows. ... M.I.A. did not name her baby Ickitt, and she's furious that "the Hollywood press" would claim such a thing. The electro-rapper doesn't plan on telling the world what the baby's actual name is anytime soon. ... Kanye West is going to teach the "American Idol" finalists how to use Auto-Tune when he performs on Wednesday's elimination show. Here's how to get rid of those pitch problems, kids! Idol alum Kelly Clarkson will also sing on the show. ... N.W.A.: Straight outta Compton -- and onto the big screen. New Line is developing a biopic about the epochal gangsta-rap group. ... Lollapalooza is doing a time-warp, with Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode and the Beastie Boys set to headline the early-August festival in Chicago. Kings of Leon will be atop the bill, too. ... Amy Winehouse will miss Coachella after being charged with assault. ... Only half of country music's biggest fans are reading this post at home: According to a Country Music Association study, the other half of country's core fan base doesn't have home internet access. ... Indie record stores aren't exactly cheering the death of the Virgin Megastores. (Hat tip: Coolfer.) ... Steve Earle is celebrating the work of the late, lamenting country poet Townes Van Zandt with a tribute album, due in May. The alt-country godhead previously paid tribute to his friend and mentor by naming his son Justin Townes Earle. ... Artis Leon Ivey Jr. was arrested at LAX on drug-possession charges. You probably know Ivey as Coolio. ... Oprah tells Rihanna (via television) that Chris Brown "will hit you again."
"[Michael] Jackson has in recent years cut back on his lavish spending habits, according to people involved. After living in a rural compound in Pahrump, Nev., Mr. Jackson moved briefly to the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. When those expenses got too great, several months ago, he moved to a $100,000-a-month rental property in the same area." -- Wall Street Journal story on Jackson's return to the concert stage and what it means for his "precarious personal finances."
Concert Pick of the Day
Bettye LaVette at the 9:30 club, $25. The R&B survivor is finally getting her shine. About damn time: She's one of the most potent singers you'll ever hear. (LaVette's jaw-dropping performance at Obamapalooza wasn't an outlier.)