As first tipped here in March, the Sex Pistols' 1977 punk anthem "God Save the Queen" will be reissued as a U.K. single with new remixes by Virgin, 25 years to the day since its first appearance. It will be followed by a single CD Pistols compilation and a three-disc box set.
Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time, teaming with writer/director Bryan Michael Stoller on a big-screen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book "They Cage the Animals at Night" for Icon Productions. The book is the true story of the author's account of being left at an orphanage and bouncing around from one foster home to another.
Veteran rocker Joan Jett has recorded a cover of the Beatles' "The Word" for a new compilation that benefits breast cancer charities. The song is a bonus on the otherwise 13-track "It's About Eve (Music for the Cure)" album, which is made up of songs by female independent artists such as Lava Baby and Julia Greenberg. The set will be released June 13 via Fore Reel Entertainment.
Veteran reggae artist and ska pioneer Toots & the Maytals, whose "Pressure Drop" has been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, will headline the One Love Festival, a U.S. reggae tour that will hit venues in 22 cities. Jamaican superstar Luciano and his 13-piece Jah Messenjah Band will also appear on the full circuit, due to launch May 24 in San Francisco and wrap June 16 in Atlanta.
No injuries were reported in a car accident that Creed frontman Scott Stapp cited as the reason for the chart-topping rock band canceling its tour, according to a police report released yesterday (April 30). As previously reported, the band announced it was canceling the second leg of its North American tour so Stapp could recover from injuries he suffered during the accident.
Bob Dylan is slated to perform Sept. 1 at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in Aspen, Colo. "It's been a long time coming," said festival executive producer Jim Horowitz, who has been trying to bring Dylan to the festival for seven years. "It's like getting to the top of a 20,000-foot mountain for me. He's definitely an artist who's reached that living icon status."
Following four studio albums and a live set on Mercury, ska punks the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are heading back to their independent label roots. Come July 9, the Boston-based band will release "A Jackknife to a Swan" via Los Angeles indie SideOneDummy Records.
Lawyers for two-time Grammy winner R. Kelly (full name: Robert Kelly) said yesterday (April 29) they will fight a third civil lawsuit that claims the R&B star had sex with an underage girl. The lawyers said they have settled two previous civil suits that also claimed the singer had sex with teenagers but that "the cash machine is closed."
Everyone from Celia Cruz and Marco Antonio Solis to Ozomatli and Elvis Crespo will be on hand May 9 in Miami to serve as presenters for the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The star-studded affair will air May 12 on Telemundo at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Marc Anthony will kick off a North American summer tour July 6 in Mansfield, Mass. The trek, which comes in support of the Latin superstar's upcoming Columbia album "Mended," is slated to last through a Sept. 20 finale in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Opening acts for the tour, which will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and sponsored by Budweiser, have not yet been announced.
Moby's Area: Two Festival will kick off July 28 in Bristow, Va., and will, as previously reported, feature the electronic music maven, along with David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, and newly announced artists Carl Cox, John Digweed, the Avalanches, Tiesto, DJ Dan, and Tim Skinner. More acts and dates are expected to be added.