Guitar god Jeff Beck will begin a four-week U.S. small venue tour Sept. 6 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Tampa, Fla., wrapping Oct. 1 at the Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, Ariz.
Guitar god Jeff Beck will begin a four-week U.S. small venue tour Sept. 6 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Tampa, Fla., wrapping Oct. 1 at the Ikeda Theatre in Mesa, Ariz. Beck, who just concluded a European outing, will play House of Blues Clubs in Orlando (Sept. 8), Myrtle Beach, S.C. (9), Atlantic City (16) and Las Vegas (29), along with casinos, theaters and the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., with Carlos Santana.
Beck's band for the tour will be Randy Hope-Taylor on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Jason Rebello on keyboards and Beth Hart on vocals. Aside from a limited West Coast run last April, this will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that Beck will perform in the U.S. with a singer.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 10, Legacy will reissue the Beck albums "Beck-Ola" and "Truth."
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
Once it wraps a run of shows Sept. 17 at the Austin City Limits festival, Ween plans to spend the rest of the year finishing its as-yet-untitled new studio album. "We have about 40 new songs that we wrote and recorded since the beginning of the year and we are now gonna focus all of our attention on completing the new Ween album," guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo writes on the band's Web site.
As previously reported, Ween has been working all year on the album at a 200-year-old farmhouse in Pennsylvania. The group will perform Aug. 31 in Allentown, Pa., and Sept. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y., alongside the Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth, and will also play an Austin City Limits warm-up on Sept. 15 in Tulsa, Okla.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
R&B vocalist Keke Wyatt has signed to TVT and is working on her as-yet-untitled sophomore set, due next year. The new disc will be the follow-up to her 2002 MCA debut "Soul Sista," which peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 566,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album also spawned the single "My First Love" featuring Avant. "I'm looking to create my own buzz once again," says Wyatt, a former member of Girl's Tyme, the teenage girl group that also included Destiny's Child members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.