Stories on Johnny Cash, Wilco, and Isaac Stern.

Johnny CashCountry legend Johnny Cash was released from Nashville's Baptist Hospital yesterday (Oct. 22), according to his management company, Artists Consultants, Inc. The 69-year-old singer was admitted to the hospital Oct. 7 with bronchitis and was said to be in stable condition throughout most of his stay.

Cash suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He has been hospitalized with pneumonia four times since 1998, the latest time coming this past February.

His latest release was 2000's "American III: Solitary Man" (American), which debuted at No. 11 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.







WilcoChicago-based rock outfit Wilco has expanded its tour in support of its as-yet-unreleased album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," which has been streaming from the band's official Web site for a month. The group recently wrapped a short East Coast touring leg, and will now perform two shows in its hometown before heading to the West Coast for an eight-date run in late November and early December.

As previously reported, five of the shows will feature support by fellow experimental rockers Mercury Rev.

Here are Wilco's upcoming tour dates:

Nov. 23-24: Chicago (the Riviera)
Nov. 27: Missoula, Mont. (UC Ballroom)
Nov. 28: Seattle (Moore Theatre)
Nov. 29: Portland, Ore. (Roseland)
Dec. 1-3: San Francisco (the Fillmore)
Dec. 6: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
Dec. 8: Denver (Ogden Theatre)


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.







Isaac SternNew York's Carnegie Hall will present a tribute Oct. 30 to its late president, violinist Isaac Stern, Billboard Bulletin reports. Stern died from heart failure last month at age 81. The program will include performances by musicians associated with Stern, including violinists Itzhak Perlman and Midori, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Free tickets will be available to the public at the Carnegie Hall box office beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the show.