News on Keane, 'Dead Man Walking,' West Memphis Three

Keane will celebrate the June 20 release of its sophomore album, "Under the Iron Sea," with five U.S. club shows. The U.K. trio will play on release day at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, June 21 at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Theatre, June 23 at New York's Bowery Ballroom, June 24 at Boston's Axis and June 27 at Chicago's Metro.

Beforehand, the group will be busy with headlining and festival dates in Europe, beginning tomorrow (May 17) in Berlin. The new album's first single, "Is It Any Wonder?," arrives May 29 in the United Kingdom and will be backed by the B-sides "Let It Slide" and "He Used To Be a Lovely Boy."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Originally expected in February, Columbia/Legacy's reissue of the 1996 "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack is back on the schedule for a June 13 release. As previously reported, the CD portion of the album includes a new version of the Pearl Jam B-side "Dead Man" recorded by frontman Eddie Vedder.

The soundtrack is bolstered with a DVD taped at Not in Our Name: Dead Man Walking -- The Concert, which was held March 29, 1998, at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. It featured performances by Vedder and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits and Steve Earle.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon leader Mark Kozelek, Jonathan Richman, Tarnation and Chuck Prophet have signed on for a June 3 benefit for the West Memphis Three (Jesse Misskelley Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols), who many believe were wrongly arrested and convicted for murdering three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., in 1993. Proceeds will be donated to the West Memphis Three Defense Fund.

Kozelek is in the midst of a U.S. tour in tandem with Red House Painters guitarist Phil Carney, which runs through May 30 in Buffalo, N.Y. He also recently scored the independent movie "Farewell Bender," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.