Hospitalization for surgery on his leg has forced country veteran Waylon Jennings to cancel performances tomorrow (Nov. 16) in Tuscon, Ariz., and Saturday in Phoenix. Jennings was admitted to a Phoenix area hospital last week for the surgery, his second for treatment of peripheral vascular disease. His first surgery for the ailment, which has caused him difficulty when walking, occurred in April 2000.
For many in attendance at last spring's Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, among the evening's highlights was witnessing Third Day take the stage to carry home five trophies -- including one for artist of the year. On the heels of that flock of Doves and the success of its "Offerings" album, Third Day is equipped to continue the momentum with the Nov. 20 release of "Come Together" on the Zomba-owned Essential label.
Janet Jackson will be seen in a live HBO concert special on Feb. 17 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It's the chart-topping artist's second special for the cable network, following 1998's "Janet: The Velvet Rope." The show, dubbed "All for You: Live in Concert from Hawaii" is not expected to be a part of a full-scale tour, according to a spokesperson; Jackson recently canceled a fall European tour citing safety concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has announced plans for its second annual policy summit, to be held Jan. 7-8 on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The FMC, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue about music technology, public policy, and intellectual property issues, has lined up an array of speakers and panelists for the event, including Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi.), Recording Industry Association of America president/CEO Hilary Rosen, and Napster VP Manus Cooney.
A cast of prominent indie rockers will again join forces to benefit the homeless when "The Amos House Collection, Vol. II," is released Jan. 15 via Rhode Island-based Wishing Tree Records. Featuring rare material from the likes of Elliott Smith, Spoon, Wheat, Bright Eyes, Ida, and Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, the double album will -- like it's 2001 predecessor -- assist Amos House, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct support for people in need.
Michael Jackson's first domestic concert special in more than a decade buoyed CBS to its biggest Tuesday night with non-sports programming since 1994 in viewers and adults 18-49. "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration" raked in an average of 25.7 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/26 share in adults 18-49, dwarfing the competition for the night. Viewership of the Nov. 13 special increased steadily throughout the 9-11 p.m. telecast, peaking to 29.8 million and a 13.3/35 from 10:30-11 p.m.
Perennial piano men Elton John and Billy Joel have lined up additional U.S. tour dates in early 2002. Only four dates have yet been set -- for Washington, D.C., and Boston in January and Hartford, Conn., and Philadelphia in February -- but more are expected to be announced soon.
In support of its upcoming Wind-Up album, "Weathered," due Tuesday (Nov. 20), Creed will perform at the halftime show of this year's annual Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game. The game against the Denver Broncos -- to be broadcast Nov. 22 on CBS -- kicks off at 4:05 p.m. ET at Texas Stadium. Prior to the Thanksgiving Day performance, Creed will also make a previously announced appearance Saturday (Nov. 17) on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Despite an admitted allegiance to the Family Values tour/Ozzfest aesthetic, Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore tells Billboard.com he could care less about the nu-metal movement from which the group was spawned. He points to the choice of "Nice to Know You" as the next single from Incubus' recent Epic album "Morning View," which offers a more refined approach toward the craft of songwriting.
Country artist/actress Reba McEntire will host the 20th annual "Christmas in Washington" event, set for Dec. 9 at the historic National Building Museum in the nation's capital. The event will feature performances by Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, and Mandy Moore, along with others yet to be announced. President and Mrs. Bush will be among the honored guests at the ceremony.
Liquid Audio has inked a deal to develop a "full ownership" subscription service for EMI, Billboard Bulletin reports. The service, to be announced today (Nov. 14), will offer material from EMIChristian labels Sparrow, ForeFront, Worship Together, EMI Gospel, BEC, and Uprok.