The reunited Joe Jackson Band will venture to North America in the spring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jackson's first album, "Look Sharp" (A&M). Kicking off March 14 in New Orleans, the 18-date run will also come in support of a new, as-yet-untitled new album on which the band is currently working.
One of the best-loved ballads from Elton John's mid-1970s period provided male pop-R&B quartet Blue with its third U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Dec. 15). "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" (Innocent/Virgin), features a cameo by John, whose original, from the album "Blue Moves," reached No. 11 in early December 1976. Blue previously hit No. 1 with "Too Close" and "If You Come Back" in September and November 2001, respectively.
Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He was 57. After busking in Toronto during his teens, Yanovsky's first break came in 1961 when future Mamas and the Papas principal Denny Doherty asked him to join the Halifax Three, which became the Halifax Three Plus One.
2001 - Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43. Adamson, who fought a long battle with alcoholism, had been missing from his Nashville home since November 7, 2001.
While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living founders) is unclear beyond a New Year's show in Oakland, Calif., vocalist/guitarist Bob Weir says he plans to begin work on a new Ratdog album in 2003, on which he may collaborate with Ryan Adams.
Jane's Addiction is finishing up work on a new studio album, "Hypersonic," and plans to release it early next summer via Warner Bros. The disc is the band's first proper studio set since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual" and is being produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed) at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M Studios) in Los Angeles.
While Slipknot likely won't release a new album until late 2003 or early 2004, the alt-metal act is tiding fans over with its first-ever DVD, "Disasterpieces." The Roadrunner release features a full-length concert filmed in February in England. Band member Shawn "Clown" Crahan (aka #6) tells Billboard.com that the project was created with one thing in mind.
A man who racked up nearly $33,000 on credit cards while using Will Smith's identity can forget about any independence days for the next three years. Carlos Lomax of Duquesne, Pa., who pleaded guilty in September to one count of using unauthorized credit cards, was sentenced last Thursday to 37 months in federal prison.
In the early '70s, Lou Reed was dangerous, and it wasn't just his depictions of the nocturnal New York underworld that were on the edge; his interactions with his audience and the press could be volatile, to say the least. Witness the still-astonishing live album Take No Prisoners, recorded in 1978 at New York's Bottom Line. Reed does as much talking as singing, and his often X-rated raps present a cavalcade of late-'70s urban characters, with his targets ranging from Barbra Streisand to Village Voice critic Robert Christgau.