Country artists Dolly Parton and Clint Black will appear at upcoming benefit concerts in Minneapolis and Pittsburgh, respectively. Parton will be on hand for a May 17 event to benefit a scholarship fund for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S, while Black will perform at a July benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
Counting Crows have signed on to open seven shows for Santana in Europe, beginning May 24 in Essen, Germany. Beforehand, the group will appear May 17 at Germany's annual Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburgring and the following day at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg. The Crows have also expanded their U.S. support dates with the Who to five, beginning June 29 in Irvine, Calif.
Beverly Sills, the former opera great who has led Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for eight years, announced yesterday (April 1) that she is resigning at the end of the month. "I feel privileged to have served this great performing arts center, and very happy to have, hopefully, made a difference in the city where I was born and love so much," Sills said in a statement. "This comes, as always, with love to you and a warm hug."
Guitarist Wayne Kile has exited hard rock outfit American Head Charge. "Our split with Wayne is completely amicable and we wish him luck in his future endeavors," the band says in a statement. "Over the past year, it became obvious that Wayne was moving in a different direction than the rest of the band, and in the past few months it became extremely apparent that it was time for him to move on."
The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will present a pair of special awards to Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks at the organization's June 13 induction and awards ceremony. Wonder will receive a lifetime achievement award, while Brooks will be honored with the Hitmaker Award.
High Times Records, the label started by counterculture magazine High Times, has slated a brief North American tour for a group of artists that appear on its first release, "THC (The Hip-Hop Collection) Vol. 1." Kicking off April 30 in New York, the trek will feature Afu-Ra, Buckshot of Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, and Non Phixon, as well as other as-yet-undetermined artists from the compilation album.
Oasis has dubbed its fifth Epic studio album "Heathen Chemistry" and is planning a July release for the 11-track set. As previously reported, first single "The Hindu Times" will be released commercially April 15 in the band's native U.K. The track can be sampled on Oasis' official Web site, which is also giving away copies of the single to 20 randomly selected members of the group's mailing list.
After disbanding three years ago, pioneering industrial act KMFDM -- whose career spanned 15 years and 10 albums-returns April 19 with "Attak" (Metropolis). Founder and group leader Sascha Konietzko says that the catalyst in the band's re-forming was "public demand."
Papa Roach, Ja Rule, Shakira, Nas, Sum-41, and X-Ecutioners have joined the lineup for MTV's upcoming mtvICON salute to Aerosmith. As previously reported, Kid Rock, Train, and Pink will also perform Aerosmith songs at the event, to be taped April 14 in Los Angeles and airing three days later on MTV. Inaugural mtvICON honoree Janet Jackson will offer a testimonial, as will Fred Durst, Dana Carvey, Method Man, and frequent Aerosmith video star Alicia Silverstone.
The New York restaurant Britney Spears is opening will be called Nyla -- for New York, her new home, and Louisiana, her home state. Previous reports suggested that the eatery would be called "Pinky's," after the pop superstar's nickname.