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5Mar/090

U2 on Letterman + Rock Hall and Queensrÿche news

In case you've been under a rock, U2 have been hanging out on the Late Show with David Letterman all week. And if that's news to you, perhaps you are also unaware that there's a new U2 album, No Line On The Horizon, that hit stores and digital outlets on Tuesday.

You better believe that the Dublin rockers have the full promotional blitz in effect, making sure that everyone knows that there is a new U2 album in stores. They've sold their soul to Letterman for this current week, and next week will hit radio for a 3 night stretch featuring three different live broadcasts that will culminate with a live set in Boston.

My pal TJ @ Viva La Mainstream has a review of No Line On The Horizon here, and you can snag a digital download of the new album at Amazon for $3.99 for a limited time.

So what's been happening on Letterman this week? In addition to performing live every night, one of the best moments came during last night's show with a special U2-related Top Ten List:

They also helped out during the recent snow storm in NYC....

U2 - Breathe (live on Letterman)

Fans wondering if the band has something special up their sleeve for either of the remaining two nights on Letterman this week will find out soon enough. According to U2Gigs.com, the band will sit down for an interview on tonight's show in addition to performing.

One more interesting tidbit regarding next week's radio broadcasts: Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson will host two out of the three broadcasts. Interesting choice for a host - I like it, and it certainly doesn't hurt that she's kinda hot.

I'm still crossing my fingers for a Cleveland date, but as my pal Jack pointed out in the comments section of a previous post - if word of a limited number of shows between now and the end of 2009 is indeed true, Cleveland might wind up having to wait until 2010.

Rock Hall News:

Here's a cool item for radio geeks everywhere - The Rock Hall presents an evening of question and answer with legendary Los Angeles disc jockey Dusty Street on March 18th as part of Women's History Month.

The evening is free, and you can get tickets by sending an email to the education department. Here is the official release:

FROM SONGWRITERS TO SOUNDMEN: THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE HITS

Wednesday, March 18 / 7:00 pm

An Evening with Dusty Street

On Wednesday, March 18, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host An Evening with Dusty Street. This event, which will take place in the Museum's 4th Floor Theater at 7:00 pm, is part of the Museum’s popular FREE “From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits”.

Dusty Street, the first female radio deejay on the West Coast, began her career in radio broadcasting in 1967 at KMPX in San Francisco before switching to KSAN in 1969. Street worked at the progressive rock radio station for the next 10 years until she moved to Los Angeles and joined the now-infamous rock radio station, KROQ. Throughout her time there, KROQ helped to pave the way in breaking model punk and new wave bands and established “Rock of the Eighties,” highlighting such artists as Blondie, Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and more.

Street has been the host of Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl radio show since 2005, which broadcasts live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Allan Freed Studio Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST. She also currently hosts an internet radio show called The Fly Low Show at KYOUradio.com.

The Rock Hall also announced the lineup of events for the week of the induction ceremonies here in Cleveland. Included in the event schedule is a free concert featuring The O'Jays and former Traffic member Dave Mason, just to name a couple of names. Check out the complete rundown courtesy of Plain Dealer Pop Music critic John Soeder here.

Cleveland CD Release Party for Queensrÿche - American Soldier on March 30th:

The new Queensrÿche album American Soldier hits stores on March 31st, and Cleveland metalheads can celebrate with an official CD release listening party on March 30th at the Jigsaw Saloon in Parma.

American Soldier will be on sale for the first time at the event, and the 1st 50 people that buy the CD will get a special limited edition Queensrÿche t-shirt! In addition to the listening party, there will be Queensrÿche karaoke and free appetizers while they last. Cool Queensrÿche prizes will be given away throughout the night.

The listening party starts at 8pm and you can check out a flyer for the event with more information here.

Hear a stream of "If I Were King," the first single from American Soldier, by clicking here.

That's all for now!

Be good!