Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of July 21-27, 2003.
Among all of the acts that will be making the rounds on the late night shows this week, I'm most looking forward to a pair of appearances that Jane's Addiction will make. On Tuesday, the same day the band releases its first studio album in 13 years, the band will stop by CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." Then on Wednesday, NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" will devote the entire show to the band, which will perform as well as sit and chat with Daly.
There are a lot of other acts that will be seen on the late night airwaves, from Guster (Monday on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and Friday on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn) to rapper David Banner (Monday on Kilborn) to blues great Buddy Guy (Wednesday with Leno) to Cheap Trick (Thursday on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien") and Suzanne Vega (Thursday with Kilborn).
On Friday, get up early to see Monica and Tyrese will get the day rolling on ABC's "Good Morning America" while the Goo Goo Dolls will kick things off on NBC's "Today." Then, after napping through most of the day, kick into late night gear for Train on with Conan, Blur with Daly, and Guster's aforementioned appearance on Kilborn's show. Whew!
All week long, VH1 will air a different nightly episode of "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons." While the five-part series will tackle all forms of celebrity, look for plenty of music folks, including Aretha Franklin, Guns N'Roses, Celine Dion, Nirvana, Ozzy Osbourne and so many more.
Lastly, something truly special will be seen Sunday on the cable/satellite channel Bravo. The channel is giving another airing to "Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey," a documentary by the former Rolling Stones bassist. The exploration of the blues has since been transformed into a companion book, of which Wyman told Billboard.com, "It [contains] almost as much sociological as musical history and won a literary award from the Blues Foundation." Don't miss it.