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Cher recently announced that this summer's North American concert tour will be her last. I have never seen her in person, but my daughter really likes her, so perhaps I'll be forking out some big bucks to see her when she gets in St. Louis. Then again, I might let her go with her Aunt.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is cancer-free, according to the official Van Halen website. (Sorry Eddie, I'm glad you no longer have the big C, but I hope Sammy & Dave kick ass this Summer on their tour) Did I mention that Van Halen was dropped from Warner Brothers Records in February after spending more than 23 years on the label. (What goes around)

ST. Louis Concerts!(Good Ones!)

Here Are Their Locals.Concert Venues


17th, Tesla, Vince Neil, Jackyl and Skid Row at the UMB Bank Pavilion
21st, Maria Muldaur at Generations.
24th, Big Brother & Holding Company at Pop's.
24th, 38 Special 8:30 - 10:00pm at Ribfest, Soldiers Memorial Plaza
25th, Morris Day & The Time 4:00 - 5:30pm / Shooting Star 7:30 - 8:30pm / Kansas 9:00 - 10:30pm at Ribfest, Soldiers Memorial Plaza
26th, The Monkees 4:00 - 5:30pm / The Smithereens 9:00 -10:30pm at Ribfest, Soldiers Memorial Plaza
31st, Alan Jackson at the UMB Bank Pavilion.


5th, BÉLA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES at the Pageant
7th, Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth at the UMB Bank Pavilion
9th, LITTLE FEAT at the Pageant
12th, Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill Duck Room
19th, Jesus Jones at the Galaxy
21st, DAN FOGELBERG at the Pageant
22nd, Bad Company and Foreigner at the UMB Bank Pavilion
26th, Vans Warped Tour 2002 at the UMB Bank Pavilion
27th, Chris Isaak/Natalie Merchant at the UMB Bank Pavilion
29th, Earth, Wind & Fire at the UMB Bank Pavilion


2nd, Indigo Girls & Lisa Loeb at the Fox
4th, Kool & The Gang at Fair Saint Louis.
5th, Nickelback & Jerry Cantrell at the UMB Bank Pavilion
6th, Kool & The Gang & George Thorogood & The Destroyers at Fair Saint Louis.
7th, Lee Greenwood at Fair Saint Louis.
9th, JUDAS PRIEST at the Pageant
15th, Cher & Cyndi Lauper at the Savvis Center
16th, Brewer & Shipley at City Park in O'Fallon, Mo.
20th, Deep Purple, The Scorpions & Ronnie James Dio at the UMB Bank Pavilion
25th, Yes at the UMB Bank Pavilion
25th, Todd Snider & Robert Earl Keen at the Pageant


1st, Phil Lesh and Friends at the Fox
2nd, Rush at the UMB Bank Pavilion
6th, Down from the Mountain: Music from O Brother, Where Art Thou? at the UMB Bank Pavilion
7th, Sheryl Crow Train, O.A.R. and Ziggy Marley at the UMB Bank Pavilion
12th, Lenny Kravitz & Pink at the UMB Bank Pavilion
19th, Ozzfest at the UMB Bank Pavilion
19-20th, Willie Nelson at Mississippi Nights
26th & 27th, Dave Matthews Band at the UMB Bank Pavilion


8th, Jam Grass Festival at the UMB Bank Pavilion
21st, Johnnie Johnson at the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival
28th, Alabama at the UMB Bank Pavilion


19th, Gordon Lightfoot at the Pageant

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Something to ponder:

“(Cheap Trick at Budokan) was a last minute idea that just happened. It was a fluke basically, that somehow did good.” Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)


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Music News:

Steve Miller has not toured in nearly two years, but he's scheduled to make a special appearance at the San Francisco Blues Festival on Sept. 29. The singer-guitarist and a group of blues veterans, including Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop, will perform under the moniker Steve Miller's Chicago Blues Reunion during the second day of the two-day gathering.

Songwriter Otis Blackwell died on May 6 after suffering a heart attack. He was 70. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the pianist and singer from Brooklyn, New York launched his writing career by selling six songs for $150. He recorded one with a drummer playing on a cardboard box. Blackwell composed more than 1,000 songs, including Great Balls of Fire and Breathless, which were recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis; Handy Man, a 1977 Top 5 single for James Taylor; Fever, a hit for Peggy Lee; and Return To Sender and All Shook Up, both recorded by Elvis Presley.

Irish rock group The Cranberries will mark the 10th anniversary of its debut album with the release of a boxed set. Treasure Box: The Complete Sessions 1991-1999 includes digitally remastered versions of the group's first four albums, plus 21 bonus tracks. May 10, the Cranberries kicked off a North American concert tour in support of their latest album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee.

The Rolling Stones will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a world tour that's scheduled to begin on September 5 in Boston, Massachusetts. North American shows will run through February. The tour will continue in Australia, the Far East and possibly China before ending in Europe in late 2003. At a May 7 press conference in New York, band members also announced that they're about to go into the studio to record some new songs. They'll be included on the Stones' double CD anthology, which is due out later this year.

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