Singer/songwriter and producer John Hartford died Monday in a Nashville hospital after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 63. Hartford is best known as the writer of Glen Campbell's 1967 No. 39 pop hit "Gentle on My Mind," for which he won two Grammys. The song, which was later covered by Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin, has been recorded more than 300 times.
Radiohead has tinkered with the itinerary for the second leg of its North American tour, which will now kick off with a newly announced July 30 show in Atlanta. Shows in Toronto (Aug. 3), Philadelphia (Aug. 7), and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Aug. 8) have also moved slightly from their originally scheduled dates.
The 2001 edition of the Gathering of the Vibes festival will host an all-star celebration of a trio of fallen rock heroes. Dubbed the Thirty Year Jam, the June 30 event will pay tribute to Doors singer Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, all of who died within a 10 month span between September 1970 and July 1971.
Rufus Wainwright is not ashamed of the fact that he likes to be noticed. To that end, he's crafted "Poses" -- released June 5 by DreamWorks -- an album on which he deftly walks the line between the quirky, Tin Pan Alley-esque flavor of his self-titled 1998 debut and more mainstream pop concepts.
Dave Navarro is clearly not used to facing the press. Settling down in a chilly Los Angeles conference room at Capitol Records to discuss "Trust No One" (due out June 19), his first solo recording, he initially fidgets as if he's about to be interrogated by the police.
Algerian vocalist Cheb Mami will kick off a rare, and brief, U.S. tour July 11 in Washington, D.C. The Raiartist, who gained substantial international recognition for his hit duet with Sting, "Desert Rose," will visit seven cities before wrapping up the trek July 20 in Los Angeles. The tour will follow the July 3 U.S. release of Mami's fifth album, "Dellali" (Mondo Melodia/Ark 21).
Roni Size, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Craig, Armand Van Helden, Crystal Method, and the New Deal are among the top electronic music acts confirmed for the inaugural Mekka festival, set to kick off Aug. 4 in Montreal. The 10-city Mekka tour is sponsored by the global entertainment company of the same name, which also plans to issue two compilation albums in support of the trek.
Outkast returned to London last night (June 4) to make up a series of February shows postponed after rapper Big Boi's girlfriend gave birth to a son back in the U.S. The concert, promoted by Levi's Engineered Music and held at East London's newly opened Ocean venue, was Webcast by MSN.
Bringing years of confrontation to a head, Phish has filed a lawsuit against longtime fan Sean "Waldo" Knight, who for nearly a decade has marketed merchandise based on Phish logos and the what the band claims is its intellectual property. The items in question include T-shirts and stickers, many of which juxtapose Phish song titles and lyrics with recognizable logos, such as the Tide detergent bullseye and the band's song "Glide."
A judge has denied a request by Eminem's mother to collect more money for settling a pair of lawsuits against the rap superstar. Debbie R. Mathers-Briggs tried to change attorneys and protest efforts forcing her into a settlement of $25,000 in her claims against her son, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III.
Garth Brooks has been named the honorary chairman of the National Education Association's Read Across America 2002 campaign. Brooks will be featured in radio, TV, and print public service announcements, and will act as the official spokesman for the organization's annual celebration of children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel.