City officials threatened to seek criminal charges against the Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed early Sunday in a stampede, saying the owners violated a court order by keeping the club open. Authorities say the E2 club had been ordered to shut down because of safety violations, including failure to provide enough exits.
Updating a story first posted earlier today, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the fourth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 26-27 in Indio, Calif. The Beasties, who are working on their first Grand Royal studio album since 1998's "Hello Nasty," will be playing just their third live date since the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert in East Troy, Wisc. The trio will also perform at a revived version of that event in April in Japan.
Paul McCartney has unveiled plans for a European leg of his wildly successful concert tour, kicking off March 25 in Paris and wrapping May 27 in Dublin. The new dates encompass the former Beatle's first performances in his native U.K. since 1993.
2001 - James Taylor ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Caroline "Kim" Smedvig. The two marry at a Boston church during a small ceremony attended by about 50 family and friends. Smedvig, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is given away by John Williams, the Hollywood film composer and Boston Pops conductor laureate. Andre Previn and Yo Yo Ma perform at the wedding.
As first tipped here last week, Korn, Disturbed, and Marilyn Manson will headline Ozzfest 2003, which kicks off its eighth edition June 28 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in San Antonio, Texas. Fest father Ozzy Osbourne and Chevelle will also be on the main stage of the 28-date tour, details of which were unveiled today (Feb. 18) at the Osbourne family's Los Angeles-area home.
AC/DC's only planned live date of the year will be a rare small venue show March 11 at New York's 3,500-capacity Roseland Ballroom. The audience will be filled entirely with contest winners, invited guests, and Epic Records/Sony Music staffers. "It's going to be a weird combination," guitarist Malcolm Young tells Billboard.com.
A Los Angeles judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by the Allman Brothers Band, ruling that the veteran Southern rock act waited too long to sue Universal Music Group for the return of a decade's worth of its recordings.
Aretha Franklin has met with prosecutors investigating an arson fire that destroyed her $1.8 million mansion in suburban Detroit. The veteran R&B artist appeared Friday with her attorney, Saul Green, and answered every question asked of her during the two-and-a-half hour meeting, according to prosecutor Deborah Carley.
Massive Attack returned to the U.K. charts in style yesterday (Feb. 16) as its fourth album, "100th Window" (Virgin), became the group's second to debut at No. 1, repeating the feat of its 1998 predecessor "Mezzanine." The band reached No. 13 with its influential 1991 debut "Blue Lines" and No. 4 with 1994's "Protection."
Yoko Ono has recorded a dance version of her late husband John Lennon's final song, her U.K. record label said. Ono has teamed up with British pop act the Pet Shop Boys for a dance remix of the Lennon song "Walking on Thin Ice."