Reunited modern rock act Concrete Blonde will kick off a North American tour Jan. 18 in San Diego, just three days after the release of "Group Therapy," the band's first album in more than eight years. Currently confirmed dates have the band's original lineup -- singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano, guitarist Jim Mankey, and drummer Harry Rushakoff -- on the road through a Feb. 21 show in Boston.
Tracks from Rancid, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Dropick Murphys, Agnostic Front, and others will be featured on the third volume of Hellcat's budged-priced punk and ska compilation series, "Give 'Em the Boot." The label, an Epitaph imprint run by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, says the previous two albums have collectively sold more than 250,000 units worldwide.
British rock act Gomez will release its third album, "In Our Gun," on March 18 via Hut/Virgin internationally. No North American release date is yet solidified for the album, which is the follow-up to 1999's "Liquid Skin." That set debuted at No. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 72,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
In addition to accepting the Artist of the Century award at the 29th American Music Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 9), Michael Jackson will also perform his 1988 No. 1 hit "Man in the Mirror" on the show, to be broadcast on ABC. Michael's sister Janet will appear on the show via satellite from Tokyo, where she is promoting her latest Virgin album, "All for You."
Britney Spears has been tapped to perform her single "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" during a Feb. 9 National Basketball Association (NBA) television special. Set to air at 11 a.m. ET, "NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration" will originate in Philadelphia and will be broadcast by NBC, TNT, BET, Nickelodeon, and NBA.com TV in the U.S., and MuchMusic in Canada.
Destiny's Child are confirmed to perform at the 17th annual Gospel Music Stellar Awards, to be taped Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Atlanta Civic Center and air in syndication through Feb. 10. The group will sing "Gospel Medley," from its latest Columbia album "Survivor," while group member Michelle Williams will sing a new song, "Steal Away," with CeCe Winans. That track is slated to appear on Williams' Columbia solo debut.
Hard rock act System Of A Down will kick off a 12-date North American tour on Feb. 14 in Las Vegas. The new dates come sandwiched between a previously announced stint on the Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand that begins Jan. 18 in Auckland, and a 20-date European tour starting March 5 in Coimbra, Portugal.
The traditionally soft new year sales period was good news for a number of artists when the first weekly charts of 2002 were published yesterday (Jan. 6), including the Backstreet Boys, Jools Holland, and, most of all, newcomer Daniel Bedingfield. His "Gotta Get Thru This" single (Relentless), which went straight to the top of the U.K.chart in early December, moved back to No. 1. Meanwhile Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" (Chrysalis) started a seventh week atop the album chart.
Doctors have amputated country singer Waylon Jennings' left foot because of an infection related to diabetes, according to a spokesperson for the artist. The surgery was done Dec. 19 in Phoenix; the spokesperson declined to discuss details.
Owning perhaps the most-revered pedigree in country music, Hank Williams III also possesses a fiercely independent streak that manifests itself well on his second Curb release, "Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'," due Jan. 29. Though modestly successful, Williams' debut album, "Risin' Outlaw" (which has sold 132,800 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan), wasn't, in his opinion, a successful project. He is much more satisfied with the new one.