The North American leg of the Ozzfest tour got underway today (July 10) in Scranton, Pa., following the cancellation of the opening two shows due to Sharon Osbourne's unexpected cancer surgery last week. The family matriarch and wife/manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne was recently released from an undisclosed Los Angeles-area hospital after undergoing surgery for colon cancer.
Latin star Enrique Iglesias will release his first all-Spanish album in four years Sept. 17 via Interscope. The set, which is still untitled, will be preceded by the single "Mentiroso," due to hit U.S. radio outlets July 22. Iglesias produced the album in tandem with Lester Mendez and Rafael Perez Botija, and wrote or co-wrote all but one tune.
Jimmy Eat World, Promise Ring, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Cave In, Cursive, Le Tigre, and Thursday are among the acts confirmed to appear at various stops on the second Plea For Peace/Take Action tour. The trek begins Sept. 13 in Worcester, Mass., and will run through an Oct. 28 finale in an as-yet-undetermined city. Other acts include Common Rider (featuring Operation Ivy's Jesse Michaels), Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls, Poison The Well, and Lawrence Arms.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Filter, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, and Default are just a few of the acts that will be taking part on various dates of the forthcoming North American Molson Snow Jam tour. The fourth annual music and extreme sports event will make two-day stops in nine Canadian and U.S. cities this year, starting with a July 19-20 visit to the HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
As tipped here last year, Homer Simpson will make his rock'n'roll dreams come true in the fall, with some help from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones duo will guest star in an episode of "The Simpsons" scheduled to air in November in which Homer goes to rock'n'roll fantasy camp.
Travis drummer Neil Primrose suffered a head injury while swimming on Sunday in Belfort, France, necessitating the cancellation of four European concerts (July 15 in Lucca, Italy; July 16 in Rome; July 19 in Brittany, France; and July 21 in Dublin). "Early indications suggest that Neil has sustained a fracture on one of his vertebrae and is still in hospital in France undergoing further tests," the band says.
Joey Fatone, one-fifth of hit-making boy band 'N Sync, will make his Broadway debut in the long-running production of "Rent," the New York Times reports. Fatone is due to take on the role of Mark, a struggling video artist and narrator of the show; his first public performance in the role is scheduled for Aug. 5.
"Austin Powers" star Mike Myers is discussing the possibility of starring in a new movie about founding drummer of the Who, Keith Moon. Myers and Who frontman Roger Daltrey have discussed plans for a forthcoming film, and the 39-year-old comic actor said he hoped it would be made.
Beck has confirmed a solo acoustic tour of North America, due to kick off Aug. 2 in Seattle. Dates run through Aug. 25 in Scottsdale, Ariz., but more shows are expected to be added in such cities as San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Tickets to select shows go on sale tomorrow morning (July 10) via Beck's official Web site.