News on Coldplay, Soozie Tyrell & More

ColdplayU.K. modern rock act Coldplay will close down a section of Los Angeles' Hollywood Blvd. Sunday (Jan. 26) for a free performance that will be broadcast live on ABC's premiere of "The Jimmy Kimmel Show." The show will air live at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT; the band will perform one song in front of the Kodak Theater, between Highland and La Brea.

Coldplay kicked off its North American tour on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. The band is touring in support of its sophomore Capitol album "A Rush of Blood to the Head," which debuted in September at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200.

The album is up for a best alternative music album Grammy Award, while the single "In My Place" is nominated in the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal category.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

SoozieViolinist/singer/songwriter Soozie Tyrell will release her debut album, "White Lines," April 8 via Treasure Records. Best known for her onstage and recorded contributions to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Tyrell recently appeared on Sheryl Crow's "C'mon, C'mon" (A&M) and will be heard on Train's forthcoming Columbia album. She has also worked with David Johansen and Carole King, among others.

"White Lines" features guest appearances by Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa (an E Street Band member and longtime friend of Tyrell's), as well as Hiram Bullock, and Bob Dylan band members Larry Campbell and Tony Garnier.

Tyrell will soon be seen on the road again with the Springsteen and the E Street Band when they kick off their 2003 touring schedule Feb. 28 in Duluth, Ga.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MightyBaltimore-based funk rock act All Mighty Senators has been tapped to support all dates on the Pretenders' upcoming Loose Screw Tour. Pretenders principal Chrissie Hynde personally selected the group to open the 31-date trek, which will kick off Jan. 27 in Atlanta. The Senators will be on the road in support of "Music is Big Business," due Feb. 11 via Dog Eat Dog Records.

The Pretenders are headed out behind their Artemis set "Loose Screw." Released in November, the album debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 179 on The Billboard 200. It's the group's eighth studio album and first on an indie label after two decades of association with Warner Bros.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.