Two New York tribute events are in the works for May 19, which would have been late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone's 51st birthday, Billboard.com has learned. Ramone's mother Charlotte Lesher and brother Mickey Leigh are organizing a benefit concert at the Bowery Ballroom, which will raise funds for the not-for-profit Joey Ramone Cure for Lymphoma fund. Lineup and ticket information is still being finalized.
Veteran British electronic duo Pet Shop Boys has lined up a spring/summer world tour due to kick off May 14 in Miami. The trek crosses over to Europe beginning June 12 in Madrid and concludes with 12 dates in the group's U.K. home base. It comes in support of the pair's eighth EMI studio album, "Release," which debuts this week at No. 5 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. The set is due April 23 in North America.
Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith has completed work on his forthcoming album, tentatively titled "From a Basement on the Hill," according to manager Scott Booker. While label and release date information for the set -- an interim project between DreamWorks releases -- is still unknown, labels such as Touch & Go, Bong Load, and Smith's pre-DreamWorks home, Kill Rock Stars, are rumored to be contenders.
British pop singer Elton John, testifying before Congress yesterday (April 12), said America has an obligation to use its vast resources to stop the spread of AIDS around the world. "No nation, corporation, foundation or individual has the money you have," Sir Elton told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "No one even comes close."
Following tours of Japan and Europe, Lenny Kravitz will launch a North American summer tour July 12 in Virginia Beach, Va. The 33-city Lenny Live trek, which will feature support from Pink and Abandoned Pools, will last through a Sept. 2 stop in Phoenix. On sale information for the tour, sponsored jointly by MTV and VH1, has not been announced.
Musiq, formerly known as Musiq Soulchild, will team up with Atlanta-based rapper Cee-Lo for a month-long U.S. tour in support of the artists' new albums, "Juslisen" (Def Soul) and "Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections" (Arista), respectively. The trek begins May 4 in Boston and wraps June 2 in Washington, D.C.
Frank Sinatra Jr. will bring his famous dad's songs back to the Las Vegas Strip next month in a show called "Sinatra Sings Sinatra." The show, which will run May 8-15 at the MGM Grand hotel/casino, will feature songs that the elder Sinatra popularized during his more than four decades on Las Vegas stages, including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Luck Be a Lady." The production will include a 36-piece orchestra.
Pamela Anderson can't seem to get enough of rockers -- the former Mrs. Tommy Lee is now engaged to bad-boy musician Kid Rock. The 34-year-old actress, star of the campy hit "V.I.P.," said "yes" when boyfriend Kid Rock (real name: Bob Ritchie) proposed last night (April 11) outdoors in the Las Vegas desert, her publicist said. No wedding date was set.
Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Trisha Yearwood are among the latest performers to be added to the upcoming 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards ceremony. The performance lineup for the May 22 show also features newly confirmed artists Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, and Travis Tritt.