– The Killers have announced a full-fledged tour for 2009, starting right here in Denver on January 17th. From the list of dates, it looks like they are playing some mid-sized venues. I suppose when you’re trying to gauge the support for a tour before a new album is released, you have to hedge your bets a bit (Kelly Clarkson’s ill-fated first attempt at a tour supporting “My October” comes to mind). There are only 14 dates scheduled at the moment, but here’s hoping that they’ll have the support built in to add more dates and increase the size of venues that they can visit.
– Condolences go out to Jennifer Hudson, who has already lost her mother and brother, on the apparent murder of her nephew Julian. Details continue to trickle out of Chicago, but the current speculation is that the prime suspect is William Balfour, who is the ex of Julian’s mom, Julia. Julia is also Jennifer’s sister. Here’s to a quick resolution of what has to be a painful situation that I can’t even begin to imagine.
– I think it’s safe to say that the holiday music season has kicked off, with some powerhouse releases coming out tomorrow. Besides P!nk, keep an eye out for new discs from John Legend (which I feel like I’ve heard from all of the “singles” that have been released), Ryan Adams, Snow Patrol, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts (Greatest Hits), The Cure, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, the Quantum of Solace soundtrack, and (finally) the U.S. version of Lady GaGa’s “The Fame”. You U.K. pop fans should also be trembling in anticipation over the release of The Saturdays’ debut release “Chasing Lights”. (I feel like I’m being chased by “Chasing” these days!) I am listening to the Saturdays as I type this, and I am just blown away. Review to come, but wow. Talk about exceeding expectations!
– Gotta love this report that Madonna’s in meltdown mode over her divorce from Guy Ritchie. Among the more interesting details is that she’s had her assistant gather up any possessions that she may have received from Guy so that she can bury them. There goes the Mistress’s reputation for being a cool customer if this is true! No wonder she’s been taking shots of liquor onstage! (Dan? Yuri? Anything to add?)