Michael Houser, guitarist for renowned jam band Widespread Panic, has been diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. "I want to assure all of you that all that can be done has been done," Houser writes on the band's official Web site.
As first tipped here last month, Paul McCartney has announced another round of U.S. arena dates for September and October. The Back In The U.S. Tour is set to begin Sept. 21 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and wrap Oct. 29 at the America West Arena in Phoenix. It will play primarily markets missed on McCartney's spring Drivin' USA tour. Than run grossed $53.2 million from 27 shows, and drew 407,183 people.
Long-silent New York thrash/punk label RATcage Records has resurfaced in Switzerland, and its new first batch of releases includes a rare recording of a 1982 concert featuring a pre-rap Beastie Boys, Reagan Youth, and the Young and the Useless.
Liverpool, England-based rock outfit Clinic will see its sophomore Domino album, "Walking With Thee," re-released Aug. 6 via Universal. Originally released in March, the set reached No. 29 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and has sold 27,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Countin' on a Miracle," a track from Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming Columbia album "The Rising," will debut a little more than a week before the album's release on E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt's syndicated radio show.
The next round of Queens Of The Stone Age tour dates will not feature Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums, Queens bassist Nick Oliveri tells Billboard.com. As previously reported, Grohl was behind the kit for Queens' upcoming Interscope album, "Songs for the Deaf," and a spring North American club tour, but will play his last show with Queens July 28 at the Fuji Rock Festival in Nigata, Japan.
Veteran roots singer Delbert McClinton will release a new album, "Room to Breathe," Sept. 24 on New West Records. McClinton co-produced the album with Gary Nicholson, with whom the artist has collaborated with for much of the '90s. Such artists as Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris make guest appearances.
Los Angeles-based rock act Los Lobos will pen an original theme song for the new WB series, "Greetings From Tucson," and provide music to serve as the show's score. The Latino family comedy will air Friday nights on the network beginning in the fall.
Pearl Jam has penciled in a Nov. 19 release date for its seventh, as-yet-untitled Epic studio album. As previously reported, the set was produced by the band with Adam Kasper and mixed by longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien. No song titles have yet been unveiled, but based on a letter in the latest fan club newsletter from frontman Eddie Vedder, at least some of the material seems to have been influenced by the events of Sept. 11.
In case delving into the private lives of Ozzy Osbourne and Anna Nicole Smith isn't enough, now a reality show about Liza Minnelli is in the works. VH1 confirmed today (July 15) that the cable music channel is in talks to develop a weekly series that would follow the 56-year-old Minnelli and her new husband, producer David Gest, who the singer-actress married in a lavish, star-studded ceremony in March.