Sendin' out BSBdG's today to guitarist/songwriter David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, 49, and pop/rock tunesmith Matthew Sweet, 39. Favorite Sweet album: still 1991's Girlfriend. Almost as good: 1999's In Reverse.
Also celebrating a birthday today: the Replacements' Tommy Stinson. What the hell is he doing in Guns 'n' Roses?
Over my time away, I missed a few that I would have ordinarily featured, like Lindsey Buckingham and Neve Campbell...but there's always next year, right?