Today’s recap includes itinerary updates, musician news, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 5, 2008. Our top story today is...

Today’s recap includes itinerary updates, musician news, special events and more as compiled by TicketNews on November 5, 2008.

Our top story today is a somber one. Rock band Deftones has confirmed reports that bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma following a November 3 car crash in Santa Clara, CA. Details on the accident and the extent of Cheng’s injuries are not known, but lead vocalist and guitarist Chino Moreno wrote to fans asking for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for the band.

In concert and tour news, former Kinks frontmans Ray Davies is touring the U.S. again this year in support of his “Working Man’s Café” release. Another classic rocker is hitting the States: Steve Winwood has a brief East Coast jaunt booked for early 2009. … The incomparable Liza Minnelli has added two weeks and 10 more shows on to her residency at the Palace Theatre in New York City due to high demand for her limited engagement run. … Finally, Warren Haynes has announced details for his 20th annual Christmas Jam, with a twist. For the first time ever, this year’s charity extravaganza is a two-day (and night) event.

Those are the complete stories on TicketNews for the day. If that’s not enough for you, check out more tour updates and announcements in brief:

Sevendust has plans to bookend their 10 concerts with Black Stone Cherry in the UK with a handful of solo dates in Florida. The metal rockers will perform first at the JRR-B-Q Fest at Hard Rock Live on November 9 in Orlando. The next day, Sevendust will rock the Common Grounds in Gainsville. Following the band’s December 5-14 run across the pond, the hardcore crew will be back in the Sunshine State for a December 27 gig at Ricochet in Fort Myers, a December 28 concert at The Ritz in Tampa, and a December 30 show at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale.

John Legend will follow his previously announced North American tour dates with a European tour in 2009. Currently, the crooner has 12 dates set in March. The jaunt begins March 4 at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, NET, and wraps March 21 at Palanet in Padova, ITA. Other highlights include a March 7 show at Zenith in Paris, FRA, a March 13 gig at the Apollo in Manchester, ENG, a March 17 concert at Tonhalle in Munich, GER, and a March 20 performance at Volkshaus in Zurich, SWI.

The Prodigy, a British electronia sometimes referenced just as Prodigy, has three upcoming tour legs taking them into the New Year. One December 1, the rockers have a single show in mainland Europe at Olympiiski in Moscow, RUS, before hitting the UK for a six-date run at various Carling Academy venues, including a December 8 show in Glasgow, and a December 12-13 run in London. The band is off the road then until mid-January when the rockers will hit up six Big Day Out events in New Zealand and Australia, before returning to the UK for another trek. The latter nine-city run hits the region’s major arenas from April 5 at the Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff through the April 17 gig at Wembley Arena in London.

Staind keeps adding more shows to the books, and this week is no exception. The rockers have a new November 12 gig at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, after which they will continue on their previously announced trek. However, instead of ending with the December 6 show at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, Staind extends the run with three more shows: December 8 at Sound Academy in Toronto, On, December 10 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI, and December 18 at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA.

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moe. will be jamming in the New Year with two-night stands in three different cities. The American jam band will hit Denver, CO, first for a January 30-31 run at the Fillmore Auditorium. A couple weeks later, moe. makes beautiful music on February 13-14 at Terminal 5 in New York, NY, followed by a February 27-28 set at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL. Tickets are currently available for both Denver and Chicago dates, while the New York shows go on sale November 15. More dates are expected to be announced in the future.

Boyzone plans to heat up Europe with a late spring and early summer tour of Europe. The Irish-based boy band, now more of a fully-grown-men band, has UK dates booked from May 24 at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, through June 22 at the O2Arena in London, ENG, with the addition of a show in Ireland on May 26 at The O2. Now the boys, er…men, have a few gigs in Germany, too. Three dates are confirmed so far: June 25 at Color Line Arena in Hamburg, June 26 at Konig in Oberhausen, and June 27 at SAP Arena in Mannheim.

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By Allison Reitz