After disbanding three years ago, pioneering industrial act KMFDM -- whose career spanned 15 years and 10 albums-returns April 19 with "Attak" (Metropolis). Founder and group leader Sascha Konietzko says that the catalyst in the band's re-forming was "public demand."
Papa Roach, Ja Rule, Shakira, Nas, Sum-41, and X-Ecutioners have joined the lineup for MTV's upcoming mtvICON salute to Aerosmith. As previously reported, Kid Rock, Train, and Pink will also perform Aerosmith songs at the event, to be taped April 14 in Los Angeles and airing three days later on MTV. Inaugural mtvICON honoree Janet Jackson will offer a testimonial, as will Fred Durst, Dana Carvey, Method Man, and frequent Aerosmith video star Alicia Silverstone.
Country artists Dolly Parton and Clint Black will appear at upcoming benefit concerts in Minneapolis and Pittsburgh, respectively. Parton will be on hand for a May 17 event to benefit a scholarship fund for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S, while Black will perform at a July benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
Counting Crows have signed on to open seven shows for Santana in Europe, beginning May 24 in Essen, Germany. Beforehand, the group will appear May 17 at Germany's annual Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburgring and the following day at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg. The Crows have also expanded their U.S. support dates with the Who to five, beginning June 29 in Irvine, Calif.
Beverly Sills, the former opera great who has led Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for eight years, announced yesterday (April 1) that she is resigning at the end of the month. "I feel privileged to have served this great performing arts center, and very happy to have, hopefully, made a difference in the city where I was born and love so much," Sills said in a statement. "This comes, as always, with love to you and a warm hug."
Welcome back to the only new-wave hero whose last record was with a mezzo-soprano and whose next project is "a 200-page score written with a pencil." Between these projects, Elvis Costello is rockin' again.
R&B singer Ketara "KeKe" Wyatt has been indicted on assault charges for allegedly stabbing her husband and manager, Rahmat Morton, with a steak knife on Christmas Day. A Shelby County, Ky., grand jury, indicted Wyatt last Monday on one count of second-degree assault. The singer could get 10 to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Gareth Gates' "Unchained Melody" (S/BMG) passed the 1-million sales mark and secured its second week at No. 1 on yesterday's (March 30) U.K. singles chart. With the current hits by Shaggy featuring Ali G and Shakira moving up one place to No. 2 and 3 respectively, the chart's highest new entry was "My People" by Missy Elliott featuring Eve (Elektra) at No. 5. The track by the U.S. hip-hop queen has been remixed by British dance stars Basement Jaxx.
Irish vocal legend Van Morrison has set a May 14 release date for "Down the Road," his first album under a new deal with Universal. The set is due a day earlier via Universal's Polydor label internationally, with first single "Hey Mr. DJ" due to hit U.S. radio outlets on April 16. Morrison previously recorded for Polydor from 1989 to 1997.
The New York restaurant Britney Spears is opening will be called Nyla -- for New York, her new home, and Louisiana, her home state. Previous reports suggested that the eatery would be called "Pinky's," after the pop superstar's nickname.