Besides the second coming of Jerry Garcia, a charity auction underway via eBay comprises what may be the ultimate dream come true for a Grateful Dead fan. The prize up for grabs is a private tour of the band's San Francisco production facility conducted by archivist David Lemieux, and the chance to meet Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir, along with a host of other Dead goodies.
Veteran modern rock act Live has opted to title its forthcoming fifth album "V," as opposed to "Ecstatic Fanatic," which was previously announced as the moniker for the Radioactive/MCA set. Co-produced by Alain Johannes (Eleven, Chris Cornell) and touring keyboardist Michael Railo, "V" is due Sept. 18.
The future of the Love Parade, Britain's biggest free outdoor live music event, is in jeopardy as it has yet to be granted a Public Entertainment License. The U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 said today (July 13) it has satisfied all safety requirements for the event, scheduled to take place in Newcastle upon Tyne on July 21, but Newcastle City Council has yet to fulfill traffic management conditions imposed by the city's police.
Columbia R&B artist Maxwell will release his third album, "Now," on Aug. 21, in the midst of a series of seven concerts at different New York venues. "Now" is the follow-up to the 1998 set "Embrya," which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The new album was produced by Maxwell with Hod David and longtime producer/contributing instrumentalist Stuart Matthewman.
20 years after releasing its classic double-album "Live in New Orleans," stalwart R&B/funk act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will on Aug. 14 release the set's video counterpart on DVD. Due Aug. 14 via The Right Stuff/EMI, the majority of the 10-track, 70-minute enhanced 5.1 Surround Sound release is taken from the same two shows captured in November 1980 at the Big Easy's Saenger Theatre for the original album.