Alternative rock quartet Toad The Wet Sprocket, dormant for the past five years, is resurfacing not only with a previously announced engagement to open some December shows for the Counting Crows, but also to headline an 20-city tour starting in February 2003.
The catalog of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur continues to grow. The late artist's 10th album and the sixth released since his murder in September 1996 will be the double-disc "Better Dayz," due Nov. 26 from Amaru Entertainment/Interscope/Tha Row.
Avril Lavigne, Creed, Nelly, and Puddle Of Mudd are the first artists confirmed to perform at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, set to air live Dec. 9 on Fox from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 13th annual awards will recognize and honor the year's most successful acts as determined by the Billboard charts. The show's hosts, additional performers, and finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Thousands of fans lined up before the watchful eyes of police last night (Nov. 4) to pay their last respects to hip-hop legend Jam Master Jay (real name: Jason Mizell). The line stretched for three long blocks outside the Queens, N.Y., funeral home where the slain Run-D.M.C. DJ lay in his signature black leather, gold jewelry, and white Adidas sneakers. Mizell will be buried today after a funeral service.
If she had to do it over again, Sharon Osbourne says she wouldn't have invited MTV's cameras into her home. At least, that's what the cancer-stricken matriarch of television's favorite dysfunctional family told ABC's Barbara Walters when she talked to her earlier this fall.
2001 - Michael Jackson proves that he's "Invincible" in the U.K. as his Epic album "Invincible" goes straight to the top of the country's album chart, earning him his seventh British No. 1 album as a solo artist.
As he did last year, Bruce Springsteen made an unannounced appearance Saturday at a Sea Bright, N.J., benefit concert to fight Parkinson's disease. On the eve of the third U.S. leg of his current world tour in support of "The Rising," which launched last night in Dallas, the Boss accompanied veteran Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky onstage.
After Chevelle's successful second-stage outing on Ozzfest 2002, the Loeffler brotherly trio -- Pete (singer/guitarist), Sam (drums), and Joe (bass) -- received a pleasant surprise when its Epic debut, "Wonder What's Next," debuted three weeks ago at No. 14 on The Billboard 200. When lined up next to its first album, 1999's "Point #1," Sam Loeffler tells Billboard.com the differences are obvious and intentional.
Lonnie Donegan, a musician whose "skiffle" sound inspired John Lennon and Pete Townshend to learn to play guitar, has died. Donegan died yesterday (Nov. 3) in Peterborough, central England, while on a tour of Britain, his publicist said. He was 71 and had suffered several heart attacks.