Paying homage to the music he heard as a youth (ergo the CD title bearing Fender's birth name), Freddy Fender revisits Latin classics like "Rayito de Luna," "Perfidia," and "Noche de Ronda" with elegance and respect for the traditional form of these songs.
Thanks to the vision of its namesake leader, the Pat Metheny Group (PMG) has been one of jazz's most durable names for more than two decades, seamlessly incorporating the personalities of its members into the fabric of the group dynamic, while developing but never sacrificing the continuity of a distinct ensemble sound.
International superstar Madonna will make her U.K. theater debut in May in London's West End, starring in an Australian comedy titled "Up for Grabs." She'll lead a cast of seven in the British premiere of David Williamson's play, a satire on the art world that first was staged in Sydney in February 2001.
The out-of-print early works of Primus will get new life courtesy of frontman Les Claypool's Prawn Song label, which will on April 23 reissue both the band's debut live LP "Suck on This," and its first full-length studio album, "Frizzle Fry." Both have been remastered, and will boast new liner notes by Claypool detailing the making of the albums. "Frizzle Fry" has also been bolstered with a cover medley of the Residents' "Hello Skinny/Constantinople."
A quarter century after the Sex Pistols belted out an acerbic punk tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the song is being re-released to mark the monarch's golden jubilee. Virgin Records plans to release "God Save the Queen" on May 27, hoping it will top the charts when Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 50 years on the throne during the first weekend in June.
Former Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn says the recording of his new live album, "7 Worlds Collide - Live at the St. James" (released Feb. 26 via Nettwerk America), was both an experiment with some rather famous friends and a chance to give a little back to his fellow New Zealanders.
Limp Bizkit's tour manager said today (March 1) that a Sydney concert where a teenage girl was killed was understaffed and poorly managed. Alexander Murdoch MacLeod was the first person from the Fred Durst-led band's management to appear at the Australian inquest into the death of 15-year-old Jessica Michalik, who was caught in a crowd crush and suffered a heart attack at the concert on Jan. 26, 2001.
Comedy/rock duo Tenacious D -- Jack Black and Kyle Gass -- will hit the road for a month-long headlining tour beginning March 25 in Pompano Beach, Fla. The first few dates will be intertwined with the group's commitment to open four-dates on Kid Rock's ongoing North American tour.
Singer/songwriter Jewel has made plans for a summer tour -- her first full-fledged road trip since 1999 -- that will kick off June 14 in Tampa, Fla. Accompanying her on the trek will be fellow Atlantic pop act M2M. Confirmed dates run through a mid-July stop in Austin, Texas, with an announcement of additional shows and opening acts expected soon.