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.
Icelandic vocalist Bjork has finalized the tracklisting for her upcoming Elektra album "Vespertine," due Aug. 28. The 12-track set begins with first single "Hidden Place" and includes four other songs debuted late last month at two intimate concerts in New York. Those shows featured live accompaniment by experimental electronic duo Matmos and harpist Zeena Parkins, both of whom guest on "Vespertine."
A Colorado Springs, Colo., radio station is facing a $7,000 fine for repeatedly airing an edited but still racy version of rap singer Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." KKMG-FM officials said yesterday (June 5) that the station has not paid the fine and is considering what to do. They have 30 days to respond to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) complaint.
Country kingpin Garth Brooks will take a break from retirement to perform at an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4. Brooks will sing ''a couple of songs appropriate for the occasion'' and join other celebrities, including Mel Gibson and Morgan Freeman, in reading the Declaration of Independence, his spokesperson said.
It wasn't until 1988 that rap music was recognized by the Recording Academy with a specific Grammy award. With 44th annual ceremony, the organization will expand the genre's honors to include a fourth award, best rap/sung collaboration. The award splinters such recordings from the best rap performance by a duo or group category, which, starting with the 2002 awards, will only include recordings by established duos and/or groups, and "collaborative rap/rap performances."
Napster has cut a conditional exclusive licensing deal for major-label content from MusicNet, the digital subscription service owned by Real Networks, Warner Music Group (WMG), BMG Entertainment, and EMI Recorded Music, Billboard Bulletin reports.
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.