David Bowie will embark on his most extensive tour in more than a decade with the A Reality world tour, which will begin Oct. 7 in Copenhagen and hit Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan before wrapping in March 2004, Billboard has learned. The tour is expected to be announced Monday (June 16).
Queen Latifah in 20th Century Fox's "Taxi," due to start shooting Sept. 15. The film, an English-language remake of the 1998 French feature of the same name, is being produced by Luc Besson, who also produced the original. Tim Story is in negotiations to direct.
Photographs of Bruce Springsteen taken by Frank Stefanko between 1978 and 1982 comprise a new book due in September. "Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen" will be published by Billboard Books, a division of Watson-Guptill. The book will include many never-before-published photographs, as well as an introduction by Springsteen.
The Family Stone, the California band that paved the way for modern funk, is back in the recording studio for the first time in 32 years. But missing is Sly Stone -- the heart and soul of a band that blended race, gender, music, and politics in a glorious evocation of Sixties idealism.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are preparing to release "Little Worlds," a three-disc studio set due Aug. 12 from Columbia. Produced by banjo virtuoso Fleck at his Nashville home studio, the 27-track collection will also be pared down into a 10-track single-disc version aimed at casual fans of the progressive bluegrass/jazz group.