News on David Bowie, Gomez, Sufjan Stevens
After postponing the first four shows of his North American A Reality tour due to the flu, David Bowie has put off another show scheduled for tomorrow (Dec. 12) at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. "David is slowly improving, and we are still hopeful that Montreal will go ahead on Saturday," a message on his official Web site says. "We can only judge these things day-to-day, and if there is any change in plan, we'll let you know the moment we find out."
The trek has so far missed dates in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. There is no word on when they will be made up.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Eclectic British pop outfit Gomez has set a U.S. tour for January and February. The quintet, which just played a small spate of North American dates, will kick off a 17-city outing Jan. 19 in Boston, and run through a Feb. 10 date in Anaheim, Calif.
Gomez is working on material for its fourth studio album, according to a statement from its label, Virgin Records. The band's most recent release, 2002's "In Our Gun," debuted at No. 37 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 40,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Gomez' tour dates:
Jan. 19: Boston (Paradise Rock Club)
Jan. 20: New York (Irving Plaza)
Jan. 21: Philadelphia (Theater of Living Arts)
Jan. 22: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Jan. 24: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Jan. 25: Cincinnati (Bogarts)
Jan. 26: Indianapolis (Birdy's)
Jan. 28: Milwaukee (The Rave)
Jan. 29: Chicago (Victoria Theater)
Jan. 30: Minneapolis (Quest Theater)
Feb. 1: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theater)
Feb. 2: Salt Lake City (Liquid Joe's)
Feb. 5: Seattle (Showbox)
Feb. 6: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
Feb. 8: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Feb. 9: Hollywood (Avalon)
Feb. 10: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Michigan-based singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens has signed to Rough Trade in the U.K., which will release his 2003 album, "Greetings From Michigan, the Great Lake State," overseas in early 2004. Rough Trade will also issue the follow-up, "Seven Swans," due in March. Sounds Familyre, a label owned by indie rock act the Danielson Famile, will release the album around the same time in the U.S.
"Greetings From Michigan" was the first release in a planned 50-CD series, with one album dedicated to each state. In late 2004, Stevens will release an album for Rough Trade in the U.K. and an as-yet-unnamed U.S. label, centered on Illinois. "Greetings From Michigan" was issued in the U.S. by Asthmatic Kitty Records, which has offices in New York and Lander, Wyoming.
"Seven Swans" is comprised of songs written during the recording of "Greetings From Michigan," and is said to be based upon Stevens' banjo playing. Stevens will perform at the Knitting Factory in New York on Jan. 22.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.