Country artists Dolly Parton and Clint Black will appear at upcoming benefit concerts in Minneapolis and Pittsburgh, respectively. Parton will be on hand for a May 17 event to benefit a scholarship fund for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S, while Black will perform at a July benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
Counting Crows have signed on to open seven shows for Santana in Europe, beginning May 24 in Essen, Germany. Beforehand, the group will appear May 17 at Germany's annual Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburgring and the following day at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg. The Crows have also expanded their U.S. support dates with the Who to five, beginning June 29 in Irvine, Calif.
Beverly Sills, the former opera great who has led Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for eight years, announced yesterday (April 1) that she is resigning at the end of the month. "I feel privileged to have served this great performing arts center, and very happy to have, hopefully, made a difference in the city where I was born and love so much," Sills said in a statement. "This comes, as always, with love to you and a warm hug."
Welcome back to the only new-wave hero whose last record was with a mezzo-soprano and whose next project is "a 200-page score written with a pencil." Between these projects, Elvis Costello is rockin' again.
R&B singer Ketara "KeKe" Wyatt has been indicted on assault charges for allegedly stabbing her husband and manager, Rahmat Morton, with a steak knife on Christmas Day. A Shelby County, Ky., grand jury, indicted Wyatt last Monday on one count of second-degree assault. The singer could get 10 to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Gareth Gates' "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG) passed the 1-million sales mark and secured its second week at No. 1 on yesterday's (March 30) U.K. singles chart. With the current hits by Shaggy featuring Ali G and Shakira moving up one place to No. 2 and 3 respectively, the chart's highest new entry was "My People" by Missy Elliott featuring Eve (Elektra) at No. 5. The track by the U.S. hip-hop queen has been remixed by British dance stars Basement Jaxx.
Irish vocal legend Van Morrison has set a May 14 release date for "Down the Road," his first album under a new deal with Universal. The set is due a day earlier via Universal's Polydor label internationally, with first single "Hey Mr. DJ" due to hit U.S. radio outlets on April 16. Morrison previously recorded for Polydor from 1989 to 1997.
The New York restaurant Britney Spears is opening will be called Nyla -- for New York, her new home, and Louisiana, her home state. Previous reports suggested that the eatery would be called "Pinky's," after the pop superstar's nickname.
Hezekiah Walker and Vickie Winans are among the artists who have signed on for McDonald's Gospelfest 2002 tour. Under the banner "Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Spirit," the 19th annual event will set down for four events in the New York area beginning May 12 in Westbury, N.Y.
Former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg will play his first shows in five years at a series of in-store performances beginning later this month. The solo acoustic shows come in support of the artist's upcoming Vagrant solo album, "Stereo," due April 23. The set will come packaged with a new album from Westerberg's punk-veering side project Grandpaboy, titled "Mono."