Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, LL Cool J and Yerba Buena are the first acts confirmed for AmsterJam 2006, to be held Aug. 19 at New York's Randall's Island.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, LL Cool J and Yerba Buena are the first acts confirmed for AmsterJam 2006, to be held Aug. 19 at New York's Randall's Island. In keeping with the "mash up" spirit of the event, Petty and the Foos will play separate sets then join forces for a combined performance.

Additional acts will be announced, including a suite of second-stage artists; tickets go on sale June 10 via Ticketmaster. Last year's inaugural AmsterJam featured performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, 311, Wyclef Jean and Garbage, among others.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Nas has set Sept. 19 as the release date for his first Def Jam album, "Hip-Hop Is Dead." As tipped here last month, the rapper is currently recording the new disc, which will be one of two albums to be jointly marketed by Def Jam and Columbia, Nas' previous label.

The new offering will be the follow-up to Nas' 2004 double album "Streets Disciple," which peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 694,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Clover Hope, N.Y.







Bruce Springsteen has teamed with AOL Music to offer a streaming video clip from every show on his in-progress North American tour with the Seeger Sessions Band. The morning after each show, AOL will feature one selection, which will be available on demand through the June 25 tour closer in Holmdel, N.J.

The initiative launched today with clips from the first four shows: "John Henry," "Erie Canal," "O Mary Don't You Weep" and "Old Dan Tucker." Springsteen and company next play Saturday (June 3) in Phoenix.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.