News on Velvet Revolver, Lamb Of God, Mellencamp

VelvetVelvet Revolver will join the bill for the final seven dates of this summer's annual Ozzfest tour. The group's first show will be Aug. 23 in Albuquerque, N.M., and it will remain on the bill through the Sept. 4 finale in West Palm Beach, Fla. Ozzfest will be headlined by Black Sabbath and also feature Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Black Label Society.

Velvet Revolver is in the midst of a North American tour that rolls into St. Paul, Minn., tomorrow (April 28). Guitarist Slash told earlier this year the group was planning on hitting the studio in late summer to record its sophomore RCA studio album.

Here are Velvet Revolver's Ozzfest dates:

Aug. 23: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 25: Dallas (Smirnoff Center)
Aug. 27: Houston (Cynthia Woods Music Pavilion)
Aug. 28: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 31: Nashville (Starwood Amphitheatre)
Sept. 2: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Sept. 4: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Sound Advice Amphitheatre)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

LambLamb Of God has been tapped as the headliner for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour. The hard music outing -- a creation of House of Blues with Ferret Music, Trustkill Records, Metal Blade Records, Prosthetic Records, Revolver Magazine, Music Choice, the Syndicate, Hot Topic, Jagermeister and Pure -- will be on the road from a June 25 show in Lowell, Mass., to a July 31 finale in Denver.

As previously reported, the bill will feature 20 acts, including Clutch, Poison The Well, Opeth, Unearth, From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Gwar, Strapping Young Lad and Devil Driver. Full details can be found at the tour's Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

JohnThe second round of Universal Music Enterprises' chronological Definitive Remasters reissues of John Mellencamp's catalog continues May 24 with four albums that took the artist from a cult favorite to bona fide rock star. Along with upgraded fidelity, each disc adds one rare or previously unreleased track and boasts new packaging elements in addition to the original artwork.

Mellencamp's 1985 set "Scarecrow" adds an acoustic version of its hit "Small Town" previously only available as a b-side, while 1989's "The "Lonesome Jubilee" is appended with the full band home studio recording "Blues From the Back Porch." Completing the set, an acoustic version of "Jackie Brown" is added to 1989's "Big Daddy" and a London club mix version of "Love and Happiness" finishes off 1991's "Whenever We Wanted"; both originally appeared as b-sides.

The final volley of remastered discs is tentatively due in the summer, when, as previously reported, Mellencamp and John Fogerty will team to tour. Presented by VH1 and VH1 Classic, the run is slated to open June 24 in Cincinnati.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.