2017 BET Awards
Bits: Pearl Jam, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom Russell
News on Pearl Jam, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom RussellA rare Pearl Jam club show tomorrow (April 12) at the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., will be available for cybercasting from RealNetworks for a 24-hour window beginning 3 p.m. PST Monday. Fans will need to download the RealOne player, which is available from the RealOne.com Web site. The site will feature exclusive audio and video downloads beginning Tuesday, and is also hosting a contest to win a skateboard autographed by Pearl Jam.
Tickets for tomorrow night's show were made available exclusively to radio station contest winners. The band was originally scheduled to play a similar show last November at New York's Irving Plaza, but it was scrapped for logistical reasons.
Pearl Jam is touring in support of its latest Epic album, "Riot Act," which debuted last November at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The group plays West Palm Beach, Fla., tonight.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Marking his 30th anniversary in music, R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne will on June 10 release "Music Is Life" via his own Jay Oz Records label, which will be distributed and marketed by Koch Entertainment. Led by the single "The Rest of Our Lives," the album also features the hip-hop flavored song "Kisses" and the lush "Pretty Thing."
"This record will surprise people," Osborne said in a statement. "It's the record I've wanted to make for awhile now. I wanted to do something that was more youthful musically while maintaining my lyrical integrity, and I wanted to do it on my own label for a change -- take a chance on myself." Osborne's last album, 2000's "That's for Sure" (Private), reached No. 191 on The Billboard 200.
Osborne is in the midst of planning a spring/summer U.S. tour is in support of "Music Is Life." Already on his schedule is a May 3 performance at the Newport Beach (Calif.) Jazz Festival, and a June 28 stop at the St. Kitts (Fla.) Music Festival.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Tom Russell will hit the road next week in support of his latest album, "Modern Art," due April 22 via HighTone Records. The tour will kick off April 18 in St. Louis, Mo., and run through a May 17 show in Denver. On Tuesday (April 15), Russell will perform, accompanied by Nanci Griffith on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." They're slated to play Dave Alvin's "Bus Station," which Russell recorded for "Modern Art."
HighTone is also offering a four-track EP, featuring "Bus Station" and the album's title track, as well as a non-album cover of Rain Perry's "Yosemite" and the Russell original " If God Created the Grape (How Can the Wine Be Bad?)." The set is available via the HighTone Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.