Alabama, one of the top country acts of all time, will embark on a farewell tour next year before retiring. "After long thought and thinking very deeply, and while we still love one another, while we still care very deeply about one another, we want to announce to the fans all across the world that starting next year in 2003, it will be our farewell tour," lead singer Randy Owen said.
Celine Dion knew she wanted to try something different after a two-year break to start a family. Now she is preparing to share a Las Vegas stage with a flying piano and 70 dancers during her upcoming...
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs leads a charge of five top-6 debuts to blast to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his Bad Boy/Arista compilation "We Invented the Remix." The album sold 256,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, fending off the third effort from fellow rapper Cam'ron, whose "Come Home With Me" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) sold 226,000 units and settles in at No. 2.
Veteran U.K. electronic music duo Orbital is set to release a retrospective album, "Work 1989-2002," June 3 internationally via ffrr Records. The set largely consists of previous singles, but does include one new track, "Frenetic." The compilation is to be preceded Monday (May 27) by the "Rest & Play" EP, which features a version of Orbital's 1989 debut single "Chime" along with "Frenetic."
They Might Be Giants' (TMBG) antic, eccentric music, which the New York-based duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell has been making for two decades, has long attracted grade-school-aged kids alongside the pair's adult target audience. Its recent Grammy Award win for best song written for a motion picture, television, or other visual media -- for "Boss of Me," the theme to the hit TV series "Malcolm in the Middle" -- further underlines its kid appeal.
Modern rock outfit Incubus will on May 28 issue a VHS/DVD of a live in-studio concert taped last October in New York. "The Morning View Sessions," which aired on MTV and VH1, features 12 songs from Incubus' recent Epic albums, including the rock radio smashes "Drive," "Wish You Were Here," and "Nice To Know You."
Better Than Ezra, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, and .38 Special are among the acts appearing during the 19th annual Kansas City (Mo.) Spirit Festival. The May 31-June 2 event will present national, regional, and local acts across six stages in the city's Penn Valley Park.
With Tesla and Poison already anchoring a pair of summer tours, fans of '80s hair metal will now have yet another package to choose from. Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse and L.A. Guns will bottle their amusement ride anthems for Rock Fest, which launches June 20 in Fargo, N.D., and wraps about a month later in Clarkston, Mich.
X frontman John Doe will release his first album in two years, and first all-acoustic effort, Aug. 20 via iMusic. The set, dubbed "Dim Stars, Bright Light," finds Doe collaborating with such vocalists as the Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Aimee Mann, the Go-Go's' Jane Wiedlin, Juliana Hatfield, and Old 97's' Rhett Miller.
About 20 bands and performers will venture to Rosine, Ky., this week for the third annual Bill Monroe Memorial Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival. The four-day event, which begins tomorrow (May 23), will bring together generations of bluegrass artists, including the original members of Monroe's backing band -- the Blue Grass Boys.
Enduring vocalist Neil Diamond has confirmed a fall North American tour, beginning Sept. 5 in New Orleans and wrapping Oct. 4 in Vancouver. Beforehand, Diamond will spend the month of July touring in the U.K., beginning with a July 5-6 stand in Dublin. Tickets for the North American shows go on sale June 3 via Ticketmaster; an Internet presale begins Tuesday (May 28).
Scratch -- a member of Philadelphia-based hip-hop band the Roots -- takes his love of the art of beatboxing, or "vocal percussion," as it is often called, to the next level with his solo debut, "The Embodiment of Instrumentation," due June 4 via Ropeadope/Atlantic.
Aerosmith hasn't yet named its new greatest hits collection, due June 25 from Columbia, but the tracklist for the double-disc set has been finalized. The 30-song set spans the Boston-based rock outfit's legendary career, beginning with "Mama Kin" and "Dream On" from its 1973 self-titled debut album. Two new songs, "Girls of Summer" and "Lay It Down," round out the collection.