1. Legendary Memphis musician (he worked with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among many others) and producer (his credits include Big Star, Paul Westerberg and Ry Cooder) Jim Dickinson died at age 67 Saturday morning. Former Chicago Reader rock critic Bob Mehr, now at the Memphis Commercial Appeal, has a stirring tribute here.
2. My Sun-Times colleague Dave Hoekstra paid tribute to another departed musical legend, Les Paul, here. In the many media tributes that greeted his death, it always was amusing to hear clearly clueless commentators try to describe what "multi-track recording" is, as well as to assign all credit for inventing and popularizing the electric guitar to the undeniably important Paul. Please, Leo Fender also deserves some props.
3. I have become a cartoon, along with my "Sound Opinions" partner, Greg Kot. Brilliant!
4. I have not, however, become a rapper.
5. Aerosmith has canceled its Aug. 28 stop at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, along with the rest of its annual summer jaunt, due to injuries singer Steven Tyler suffered when he fell off the stage during in South Dakota earlier this month. Plus, you know, the fact that the musicians are all getting really old and fragile.
6. Oh no, it's not time to start thinking about Lollapalooza 2010 already, is it?
I'm afraid so. Chicagoist tipped me to the fact that the giant musical Walmart on the Lake already is selling tickets to next year's festival in Grant Park on Aug. 6 to 8, 2010 -- without naming any of the acts, of course. The first offering of bargain-priced $60 "souvenir three-day passes" has sold out, but "early-bird" three-day passes still are being offered at $175 at the concert's Web site.