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News on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michael Jackson, Boteach, Ozzfest, 5ive, FiveTom Petty & the Heartbreakers have lined up a 13-city U.S. tour, set to kick off May 9 in Corvallis, Ore., in advance of sessions for the group's next Warner Bros. studio album. In the meantime, remastered editions of three of the veteran act's vintage MCA sets -- "Damn The Torpedoes," "Hard Promises," and "Long After Dark" -- were released last week.
Here are Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' tour dates:
May 9: Corvallis, Ore. (Gill Coliseum)
May 11: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
May 12: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
May 15: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
May 16: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
May 18: Houston, Texas (Woodlands)
May 19: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 21: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
May 24-25: Santa Barbara, Calif. (County Bowl)
May 27: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheater)
May 28: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
May 30: San Diego (Open Air Theatre)
June 1-2: Las Vegas (the Joint)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Madonna and film director husband Guy Ritchie, who collaborated on the controversial video for ''What It Feels Like For A Girl,'' are making another team effort. The couple plan to do a commercial for BMW, according to Time magazine. The commercial will likely be less objectionable than the video, which aired only once late at night on MTV and VH1.
The clip, directed by Ritchie, features Madonna setting fire to a gas station, running over street hockey players, and crashing a yellow Camaro. Of her character in the video, Madonna says she's ''acting out a fantasy and doing things girls are not supposed to do.''
As previously reported, other networks such as Much Music and Oxygen have been playing "What It Feels Like For A Girl" without incident.
Hoping to promote literacy, family time, and his new children's charity, pop icon Michael Jackson gave away books to young people at a theater in Newark, N.J., on Sunday (March 26). The event launched the Michael Jackson International Book Club, which aims to promote childhood reading.
Jackson, 42, was joined by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the author of ''Kosher Sex'' and co-founder of the children's charity Heal The Kids. The eccentric king of pop recently helped promote Heal The Kids by bringing a message of peace, love, and healing to Oxford University.
Heal The Kids aims to encourage parents to spend more time with their children, and urges children to respect their parents. Jackson has two children, Paris and Prince, by nurse Deborah Rowe, who filed for divorce in 1999.
San Bernardino, Calif., just isn't big enough to host a Mormon celebration and the Ozzfest tour on the same day. The Heritage Trails Celebration wagon train, which makes a 700-mile journey to commemorate colonization by Mormon pioneers in Southern California, was set to leave Provo on April 24, arriving at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, Calif., June 28-30. As it turned out, the Ozzfest tour was scheduled in the same 1,340-acre park on the same weekend.
While the park is large enough to handle both the concert and the wagon train, the Heritage Board decided to reschedule. ''The concert is completely incompatible with our celebration,'' a Heritage Board spokeswoman said.
The wagon train will leave now Labor Day weekend from Provo and arrive in Glen Helen Park on Oct. 25. Mormon pioneers left Provo in the spring of 1851 and arrived at Glen Helen (then called The Sycamores) in early July. They camped for three months at Glen Helen until they found permanent areas to settle.
Pop star Ritchie Neville of the boy band 5ive has been ordered to pay $3,450 to charity after admitting involvement in a barroom brawl three months ago. Neville, 21, pleaded guilty today (March 26) to being drunk and disorderly and to causing a breach of the peace. Fellow band member Jason Brown, known to fans as Jay, faces a hearing on Oct. 24 on charges of assault and public disorder.
They were arrested last December following a fracas in the Palace Bar in Dublin's popular Temple Bar area. One man reported head injuries.
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