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Catching up: Aerosmith, Jim Dickinson and RickRolling

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Greetings and salutations, good people. I've been on vacation for the past week, down at Emerald Isle, so I'll be in catch-up mode for the next few days. While I work on that, I can pass along word that Aerosmith's North Carolina shows have been moved from the "postponed" column to "canceled" due to frontman Steven Tyler's recent shoulder injury from falling off a stage in South Dakota; and also that the legendary Memphis musician/producer/raconteur Jim Dickinson has passed on, leaving behind a legacy of great records and fantastic tales. May he rest in peace.

I'll be back soon. In the meantime, here's a little something to help you pass the time.

ADDENDUM (8/18/09): Another Dickinson obit.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.