News on Little Steven, Sigur Ros, and Henry Rollins
E Street Band member Little Steven Van Zandt has taken a 50% stake in New York garage-rock label Cavestomp! Records. Label founder Jon Weiss says the guitarist and "Sopranos" co-star will oversee A&R for the label.
He adds that Little Steven was instrumental in securing sponsorship and other promotional support from the Wiz electronics and music chain, which has added garage-rock sections in its stores. Little Steven will also be active in the label's concert series, "Cavestomp! Presents Underground Garage Saturdays."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A vintage Yamaha SK keyboard belonging to Icelandic ambient rock outfit Sigur Ros has abruptly ceased working, so the group -- in the midst of its maiden tour of North America -- is asking for assistance from the fan community. Anyone willing to loan the group a Yamaha SK model 20, 50, 70, or 88 will receive a ticket to Sigur Ros' sold-out performance at New York's Irving Plaza tomorrow (May 8). If you think you have an instrument that fits the bill, contact the band's publicist, David Russell, at 212-343-2314, or by email at email@example.com.
Sigur Ros is touring in support of its most recent album, "Agaetis Byrjun." The set, previously available in North America as an import, will be reissued here May 15 by PIAS. Sigur Ros' next album will be released in North America by MCA.
Punk veteran Henry Rollins has released a DVD of his spoken-word performances, featuring the never-before-released "Henry Rollins Goes to London" and "Talking From the Box," previously issued on VHS in 1994. "London" was taped over the course of three 1993 shows at the city's Astoria Theater, while "Talking" features a 1992 performance at Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theater.
Rollins is out on the road in support of his latest spoken-word collection, "A Rollins In The Wry," released in February by Quarterstick. He will perform tonight (May 7) in Auckland and will hit Europe for 16 dates beginning May 15 in Stockholm.