News on Courtney Love, ATP, Cullum/Charles

LoveDespite ongoing legal and financial woes, Courtney Love is finally mounting a short tour with her all-girl backing band, the Chelsea. The five-date California swing begins Oct. 24 in San Diego and will proceed to San Francisco (Oct. 26), Santa Cruz (Oct. 28), Ventura (Oct. 29) and Los Angeles (Oct. 30).

The Icarus Line will open the first four dates, while actress Juliette Lewis and her band the Licks will support at the closing show. Burlesque troupe the Suicide Girls will appear at all performances.

Love's trials and tribulations have crippled her ability to promote her Virgin solo debut, "America's Sweetheart," which has sold just 94,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The artist is due in a Beverly Hills, Calif., court on Nov. 3 on a drug possession charge. She is also facing two separate assault cases and a lawsuit for allegedly dodging unpaid bills.

Here are Courtney Love's tour dates:

Oct. 24: San Diego (4th & B)
Oct. 26: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Oct. 28: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Catalyst)
Oct. 29: Ventura, Calif. (Majestic Theatre)
Oct. 30: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







MalkmusStephen Malkmus and the Jicks, J Mascis and the Fog, Peaches, Constantines, the Magic Magicians and Those Peabodys have joined the lineup for the All Tomorrow's Parties Pacific 2004 festival. As previously reported, the event will be curated by Modest Mouse, who will also perform, and held Nov. 6-7 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.

Lou Reed's performance is tipped to be especially noteworthy, as he will perform rare material, classic Velvet Underground tracks and selections from such key solo releases as "Berlin" and "Transformer." He will be backed by his Band of Reknown, featuring drummer Tony Smith, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, guitarist Mike Rathke and bassist Fernando Saunders.

Other acts confirmed for ATP include the Walkmen, Sufjan Stevens, Flaming Lips, the Shins, Built To Spill and the Eagles Of Death Metal.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







CullumBreakout contemporary jazz artist Jamie Cullum has joined the lineup of tomorrow's (Oct. 8) tribute to Ray Charles in Los Angeles. As previously reported, the show at the Staples Center will also feature including Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Elton John, Norah Jones, Usher and Stevie Wonder and will be taped for an Oct. 22 CBS broadcast.

Cullum is in the midst of a U.S. tour that plays Denver on Saturday and runs through an Oct. 29 show in Austin, Texas. The U.K.-based artist's debut Verve album, "twentysomething," bowed in May at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and in June reached No. 83 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 196,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.