Aerosmith has confirmed dates for a second leg of its North American tour, which will now run through mid-December. The Cult will serve as the opening act for most stops. In addition, the second of two performances postponed due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be made up tomorrow night (Sept. 27), and bring the first leg of the tour to a close.
There's nothing like a hit single to get an artist back in the game. Just ask David Ball as he watches "Riding With Private Malone" cruise up Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, from No. 37 to No. 34 on the latest chart. "It's great to be back on the radio," Ball says, "especially with something that touches people."
"Music has been called the speech of the angels, and it brings special comfort now to our nation," First Lady Laura Bush told more than 2,500 people gathered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., last night (Sept. 24). "A Concert for America" -- featuring singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, flutist James Galway, and opera singer Frederica von Stade -- benefited the United Way's relief fund.
The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and the Songwriters' Guild of America have signed a preliminary agreement with Napster that effectively ends their class-action lawsuit against the file-sharing service, Billboard Bulletin reports. The move also paves the way toward a similar accord between Napster and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The Smithsonian Folkways will release an album of previously unreleased and hard-to-find cuts from the likes of Bob Dylan, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, and ragtime guitarist Reverend Gary Davis to accompany a collection of photographs by John Cohen. The disc, due Nov. 6, is coming at a time when roots music is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, thanks to the Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and a forthcoming roots-themed boxed set from Palm Pictures.
At least 30 Latin artists have been confirmed to participate in the recording of "El Ultimo Adios," a song honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross and United Way. Gloria Estefan, Chayanne, Thalia, Carlos Vives, Celia Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Jaci Velasquez, La Ley, Elvis Crespo, and Luis Fonsi are among those who will go to studios in Miami, Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, and Mexico on Thursday (Sept. 27) to record the track, which was written by Emilio Estefan and Gian Marco.
Last Friday's unprecedented "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon generated pledges of more than $150 million, organizers reported yesterday (Sept. 24). Once collected, the funds will benefit the United Way's September 11th Fund, which will aid families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attack victims, with no administrative costs deducted.
Legendary alternative rock act the Butthole Surfers will celebrate 20 years together with its first tour in five years, kicking off Oct. 16 in Providence, R.I. The band is heading out in support of its latest album, "Weird Revolution," its first for Surfdog/Hollywood. Dates currently run through Nov. 17 in the band's hometown of Austin, Texas, with more due to be added. Beforehand, three Australian dates are confirmed from Oct. 10-13.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Warner) was arraigned Friday in Clarkston, Mich., on a sexual misconduct charge stemming from allegations that he gyrated against the neck and head of a security guard during a July concert in the area.
Country star Martina McBride has pledged to donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross. The money will come from "a portion of the sales" from her new RCA Nashville collection, "Greatest Hits" in order to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Gorillaz, the cartoon band fronted by Blur's Damon Albarn and featuring a host of guest stars, grabbed six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be handed out Nov. 8 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. The act is up for best group, best new act, best dance act, best U.K. act, best Web site, and best song for the international hit single "Clint Eastwood."