E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons had to take an unexpected break during a Sunday night concert in Asbury Park, N.J., because of a bomb scare. Clemons, who was recording four weekend shows at the legendary Stone Pony nightclub for a live album, was called off stage about 90 minutes into his first set.
The release of Jay-Z's upcoming Roc-A-Fella album "The Blueprint" has been moved up two weeks, "due to overwhelming demand by consumers and retailers alike," according to a statement from the label. The album -- originally scheduled for a Sept. 25 release, then moved to Sept. 18 -- will now be made available Sept. 11.
Alanis Morissette, Blues Traveler's John Popper and Chan Kinchla, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Joe Henry will perform at a Sept. 25 benefit concert at Washington, D.C.'s D.A.R. Constitution Hall. Proceeds from the concert, to be hosted by Gloria Steinem, will benefit Voters for Choice, the nation's largest independent political action committee working in support of reproductive rights.
The members of Weezer are planning to have their fourth studio album ready by May 2002, and have laid down a total of 24 demos in the past week, according to a post over the weekend on the band's official Web site.
Macy Gray admits that she was an irresistible force, if not an immovable object, when it came to weaving the words and music that would evolve into her sophomore album: She just refused to be told what to do in the studio anymore. "It was time for me to take charge of my music in a way that I hadn't before," she says about the process leading up to "The Id," due Sept. 18 from Epic.
American rock continued its dramatic re-emergence at the top of the U.K. album chart Sunday when Slipknot's "Iowa" (Roadrunner) succeeded Staind's "Break the Cycle" (East West) at No. 1. Meanwhile, critically lauded New York newcomers the Strokes flew the flag for indie rock with a new entry at No. 2 for their debut set "Is This It" (Rough Trade). RCA teen-oriented act Five was forced to settle for a new entry at No. 3 with "Kingsize."
The Beastie Boys' 8-year-old label Grand Royal is closing its doors, citing "mounting debts, decreasing assets, and exceedingly harsh industry conditions." "This is one of the most difficult decisions we've ever had to make," Grand Royal co-founder and Beastie Boys member Mike Diamond said. "Over the years, the Grand Royal family had grown to include some of the most talented musicians and staff in the business. It's tragic that the same growth has also produced an overhead and infrastructure that can no longer be viable."
Hip-hop artists David Blake (aka DJ Quik) and Crawford Wilkerson (aka Hi-C) have filed suit over violence that erupted Aug. 22, 2000, at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Pasadena, Billboard Bulletin reports. Filed last week in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, the claim names The Source magazine, the City of Pasadena, Calif., the Pasadena Police Department, and other unnamed individuals. Police halted the show after a fight broke out in the audience.
A free concert intended to be a gift from hard rock act System Of A Down to its fans yesterday (Sept. 3) in Los Angeles turned into a stage-swarming, speaker-tossing melee that resulted in six arrests and left some police officers with minor injuries. The group had set up a stage in a city parking lot, but it never had a chance to begin its show. Fire inspectors shut down the concert after deciding the crowd had grown too large.
Sacramento, Calif.-based modern rock act Cake kicked off a short U.S. tour Friday night (Aug. 31) at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore. The group is out in support of its recently released fourth album, "Comfort Eagle," its first for Columbia. "It feels like, in a general sense, that the band is just hunkering down into the barrel of a cannon, about to be shot like a circus clown across the circus tent," Cake singer John McCrea tells Billboard.com.
Mountain's Leslie West, Starship's Mickey Thomas, and the Spencer Davis Group's namesake are among the 15 classic rock musicians who've joined together to form Rockforever.com. The venture incorporates a digital record label, an online merchandise and memorabilia E-tailer, and a live performance group.