Friday, November 21, 2008

Touring Awards... McCain v. Browne

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band snagged the awards for Top Tour and Top Draw for their 2007-2008 Magic tour at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Awards, which were held Thursday night (November 20th) at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel ballroom. Billboard reported that Springsteen's manager Jon Landau won the Top Manager award and Bon Jovi was given the Humanitarian Award for their work with the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.

The Allman Brothers Band were named "Legend Of Live," and an emotional Gregg Allman accepted the honor on behalf of the band and his late brother Duane Allman, who co-founded the group and died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Allman explained to the audience, "It happens to be today would have been his 62nd birthday and I'm sure he's looking down at this and is really proud of us. We'll keep coming back until we can't come back no more."

Drummer and Allmans' co-founder Butch Trucks added, "We've been able for 40 years now to go out and have fun -- an unbelievable amount of fun and enjoyment and spiritual gratification. The last few years has probably been more fun than ever. I leave the stage every night and say, I'd pay you to let me do that!"
Senator John McCain is fighting Jackson Browne over what Browne has called illegal use of his 1977 song "Running On Empty" during the McCain presidential campaign. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCain is being represented by attorney Lincoln Bandlow at Spillane Shaeffer, who has filed two 20-page motions on behalf of McCain.

The first is a motion to dismiss, stating the Senator's use of Browne's song falls under terms of fair use, "based on the application of the standard four-factor test that includes the purpose and character of the use of the song." McCain's lawyers argue that its usage was "non-commercial and transformative." McCain claims that he only used the song's title and that it is an acknowledged cliche.

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