News on Aerosmith/Kravitz, Kristofferson, Stellar Awards

As expected, the Aerosmith/Lenny Kravitz tour will roll on into 2006. A new round of dates will begin Jan. 5 in Orlando, Fla., and last through Feb. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. The acts will be on the road next month through a Dec. 17 show in Grand Rapids, Mich.

So far, the tour set list has featured the return of the long dormant early favorite "Seasons of Wither" (captured on Aerosmith's new live album "Rockin' the Joint"), plus guitarist Joe Perry's solo number "Shakin' My Cage" and a cover of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter."

Here are Aerosmith/Lenny Kravitz 2006 dates:

Jan. 5: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Center)
Jan. 7: Jacksonville, Fla. (Arena)
Jan. 12: Charlotte, N.C. (New Charlotte Arena)
Jan. 15: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Jan. 17: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum.
Jan. 19: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Bank Atlantic Center)
Jan. 21: Greensboro, N.C. (Coliseum)
Jan. 23: Houston (Toyota Center)
Jan. 25: San Antonio (SBC Center)
Jan. 27: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
Jan. 30: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Feb. 1: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
Feb. 3: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
Feb. 6: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
Feb. 8: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
Feb. 10: San Diego (ipayOne Center)
Feb. 13: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Feb. 15: Seattle (Key Arena)
Feb. 18: Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
Feb. 20: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Feb. 22: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
Feb. 24: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Los Angeles-based New West Records has signed country legend Kris Kristofferson to its artist roster. His label debut, "This Old Road," is due March 7, 2006. Produced by Don Was, it will be Kristofferson's first studio album in 11 years.

Kristofferson previously recorded for the Monument, A&M and Columbia labels and has written numerous hit songs for other artists.

As previously reported, in March, Kristofferson will become the first artist to participate concurrently in the South by Southwest Music and Film festivals as well as the Texas Hall of Fame induction ceremony.


-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville







Donald Lawrence and J. Moss lead the list of nominees for the 21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards with 10 nominations each. Donnie McClurkin, Vickie Winans and Israel Houghton will host the show, which will be held Jan. 21 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

Lawrence and Moss will compete in a number of categories including artist, male vocalist, CD of the year, contemporary male vocalist of the year and contemporary CD of the year, where they both received nods.

Sister duo Mary Mary received the second highest number of nominations with six nods. Rizen netted five nominations and EMI Gospel's Smokey Norful earned three. McLurkin, Lawrence, Mary Mary, J. Moss received nods in the artist of the year category. The female vocalist nominees are LaShun Pace, Twinkie Clark, DeNetria Champ, and Dianne Williams. The top male vocalist race is between J. Moss, Smokie Norful, Micah Stampley and Lawrence.


-- Deborah Evans Price, Nashville