News on Shania Twain, Who, Brian Eno, Bad Moon Music
Shania Twain will stage a free concert July 27 at Hutchinson Field in Chicago's Grant Park. As tipped here earlier this month, the show will be filmed for her fourth NBC special, "Shania Twain UP! Live in Chicago," due to air in August.
"Chicago totally rocked the last time I played there and I can't think of a better place to play my first U.S. live concert in two-and-a-half years," Twain says in a statement. "We're going to have a blast Chicago!"
The event is being produced by Jam Productions Ltd. and sponsored by local radio outlet WUSN (US99.5) and the Chicago Tribune. The station and the paper will disseminate information about obtaining free tickets to the concert.
Following the show, Twain will head to New York for a number of television appearances, including an Aug. 1 free outdoor show for NBC's "Today."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Originally expected in March on SPV, the Who's "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" will be released July 22 through Steamhammer Records. The two-disc set is an audio companion to the legendary rock act's 2001 DVD of the same name, chronicling the band's 2000 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts at the London venue. Those shows featured guest appearances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and Jam/Style Council frontman Paul Weller.
Two tracks not on the DVD, "Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand" and "Getting in Tune" featuring Vedder, have been added to the CD release.
The set will feature a limited-edition bonus disc featuring featured four songs -- "I'm Free," "Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues," and "I Don't Even Know Myself" -- recorded in February 2002 at the London venue, which turned out to be John Entwistle's last show with the band. The bassist died June 27, 2002, in Las Vegas on the eve of the band's North American tour kickoff.
Like the concerts and the DVD, proceeds from the CD set will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Experimental composer, artist, and producer Brian Eno has released a new album, "January 07003, Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now." The content is culled from his synthesizer experiments inspired by a 10,000-year clock that is being developed by the Long Now Foundation, of which Eno is an active board member.
"This record has grown out of the Long Now Foundation's project -- the Clock of the Long Now," Eno said in a statement. "This is an idea to create a working clock which will mark time for ten thousand years -- not really because we need more clocks in the world, but because we need more encouragement to start contemplating the possibility of a distant human future."
Eno describes the album's music as an interpretation of the possible sounds of futuristic bells "with quite different physical properties from those we now know." The 15-track disc is available from the Long Now Foundation's official Web site, Eno's online store, and the Science Museum of London.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Bad Moon Music, a new band featuring former Chamberlain guitarist Adam Rubenstein and drummer Charlie Walker, will make its live debut with two shows this weekend. The group, which also features bassist Ryan Everitt, will play tomorrow (June 7) at CBGB Gallery in New York and Sunday at North Six in Brooklyn.
Since Chamberlain disbanded in fall 2000, Rubenstein recorded a solo album, "Aftershock," under the moniker Adam Dove for Doghouse. Walker has recorded and toured with New End Original, and recently played on recordings with Oslo, a project led by No Doubt keyboardist Gabriel McNair.
Bad Moon Music is planning to record an album in the near future. The group's members previously played together in Six On Sleaze, which also featured former Chamberlain bassist Curtis Mead.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.