The Rolling Stones will announce 32 dates for its year-long, 40th anniversary world tour today (May 7) at a press conference in New York's Van Cortland Park, Billboard Bulletin reports. The tour kicks off Sept. 5 at Boston's CMGI Stadium and will play a mixture of stadiums, arenas, theaters, and clubs, sometimes hitting as many as three venues in one market. Additionally, the tour will utilize three completely different productions and three unique setlists.
The Rolling Stones arrived by blimp at New York's Van Cortland Park this afternoon (May 7) to announce their 2002/2003 world tour, which, as first reported here this morning, will kick off Sept. 5 at Boston's CMGI Field. The group unveiled the first 32 dates of a planned year-long trek, the North American portion of which ends in early February in Mexico City. It continues to Australia and the Far East (possibly including the Stones' first-ever shows in China), before wrapping in Europe in the fall of next year.
Jewel says it will be "a little weird" to be without her guitar when she starts her European tour next week. She will not be able to play her guitar onstage because of a horse riding accident last month that left her with a broken collarbone and rib.
Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs -- including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return to Sender" "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley -- died yesterday (May 6) of a heart attack. He was 70. Blackwell wrote more than 1,000 songs that were recorded by performers such as the Who ("Daddy Rolling Stone"), James Taylor ("Handy Man"), Peggy Lee ("Fever"), Jimmy Jones ("Handy Man"), and Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless"). Blackwell was credited with writing songs that sold more than 185 million copies.
The family of Argentine pop star Rodrigo Bueno has sued Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., blaming the companies for a rollover accident that killed the singer two years ago. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami even though the accident occurred in Buenos Aires and a court there ruled the pop star was at fault.
The Violent Femmes' classic self-titled debut album will be reissued nearly 20 years after it was recorded as a double-disc, 36-track deluxe edition. Due June 18 from Slash Records/Rhino Entertainment, the new set will bolster the original 10-track "Violent Femmes" with a collection of U.K. singles and previously unreleased demos and live tracks.
Colombian vocalist Juanes will release his next Surco/Universal Music Latino album, "Un Dia Normal," on May 21. The set is the follow-up to "Fijate Bien," the title track of which won three Latin Grammys last year.
Sevendust, Filter, and Gravity Kills lead the lineup for the inaugural Locobazooka tour, due to kick off June 27 at Milwaukee's Summerfest. Audiovent, Nonpoint, Reveille, and Mushroomhead are also confirmed for the trek, with additional bands to be added.
The soundtrack to "ESPN's Ultimate X: The Movie" is filled with appropriately explosive music. Due May 14 via Hollywood Records, the set features previously released tracks from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Tricky, Guided By Voices, Pennywise, and Suicide Machines, to accompany footage of such extreme sports as skateboarding, biking, moto X, and street luge on enormous IMAX theater screens.