Aerosmith Goes Into 'Attic' for Set List; Is Springsteen Part of the Ticketing Problem?



Headlines: The artists-playing-complete-classic-(or-semi-classic)-albums trend is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The latest band to announce its intentions to go end-to-end on an entry from its catalogue is Aerosmith, which is doing 1975's "Toys in the Attic" in its entirety on the tour that lands at Nissan on Sunday. Joe Perry says the band plans to switch in a couple of weeks and play the 1976 album "Rocks." Meanwhile, Van Morrison will be at Constitution Hall on Aug. 6 and 7 to perform his epochal "Astral Weeks" album. ... Another Bruce Springsteen tickets story, but this one has a twist: His camp reportedly withheld the best tickets from the public for a show in his native New Jersey. The Newark Star-Ledger says that "an examination of ticket sale data from the May 21 concert shows Springsteen himself may be part of the problem. The best seats in the house that night were the 1,126 seats in the four sections closest to the stage, but only 108 of those tickets were ever for sale to the public, according to new ticket data obtained through the Open Public Records Act." ... Cat Stevens forgives Coldplay. ... Country music fans aren't online at the same rate as fans of other genres, and that's freaking out execs on Music Row. ... "American Idol" is like the trick birthday candle that you can't blow out. Tryouts for the new season have already begun. ... Sonic Youth sell out! Or sell signature guitars, anyway: Fender has rolled out the Sonic Jazzblaster (from Lee Ranaldo) and Jazzmaster (from Thurston Moore). ... Here is your rap tour of 2009, kids: Lil Wayne with Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Drake. It stops Aug. 7 at Nissan Pavilion. ... Alan Jackson is thinking about downsizing. ... Shooter Jennings proposed to longtime girlfriend Adriana La Cerva Drea de Matteo onstage in Utica, N.Y., according to the outlaw country kid's Twitter feed. ... In less happy music-marriage news, Usher's estranged wife says it's not her fault that their marriage melted down. ... And Kelis says she can't pay for her pre-natal milkshakes, unless Nas kicks down some cash. ... Krist Novoselic has ended his protest candidacy for Wahkiakum County Clerk. ... Four most frightening words in pop music? "New Limp Bizkit album."

In Today's TWP

* "Top Jazz Students Play Big Number: 1600 Penn."

* Quick spins: Hank Williams Jr., Holly Williams, Street Sweeper Social Club

* JoBros go on a crime spree with Common, Apollonia and Greg Duli do "When Doves Cry" and more in this week's edition of the Singles File.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 16, 2009; 7:32 AM ET Morning Mix
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Thanks about the Van Morrison heads up. Presale from Amex just started and I got tix easily. Expensive...

Posted by: Snapper24 | June 16, 2009 10:21 AM

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