Howie Epstein, bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and singer/songwriter Carlene Carter were arrested last night (June 27) in Albuquerque, N.M., after they were stopped in a stolen vehicle, police said. Carter was driving a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 25 when they were pulled over by Trooper James Bergman for speeding, state police said. Bergman said he checked the vehicle's registration and discovered it was reported stolen in Santa Fe on March 15.
Hard rock heavyweights Tool will team with progressive rock veterans King Crimson for a nine-date tour of the western U.S., kicking off Aug. 3 at Red Rocks outside of Denver. Tool is out in support of its latest Volcano album "Lateralus," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last month and is currently No. 18 on the chart. The single "Schism" is No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks and No. 4 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Yahoo! Inc. today (June 28) announced plans to acquire struggling online music company Launch Media. The acquisition would bring Launch's news, artist features, Webcasting, and streaming video content under Yahoo!'s substantial umbrella, helping the portal compete with rivals AOL and Microsoft.
Rapper Eminem (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) received one year of probation today (June 28) in a Pontiac, Mich., courtroom for a weapons charge authorities say stemmed from a dispute with a rival Detroit rap group. He could have gotten as much as five years in prison. "Poor judgment is an understatement for what you did," Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris said.
Original "Yo! MTV Raps" host Fab 5 Freddy has teamed with online music site GetMusic to launch "The Fab 5 Freddy Show", an interactive hip-hop variety program, later this summer. The show will feature interviews, news, music, fashion, and gossip. New episodes will air Monday through Friday, with previous episodes available on-demand.
British soul diva Lisa Stansfield unveiled tracks from her new Arista Records U.K. album, "Face Up," last night (June 27) at a special London show which was taped for broadcast by BBC Radio 2. In what was the singer's first concert in four years, Stansfield fronted a nine-piece band featuring husband Ian Devaney. The intense, one-hour set was interrupted only by what she admitted was a cigarette break.
Staple '80s new wave act Missing Persons will reunite for a brief series of California shows in July that will be the precursor further touring later this year, and a full U.S. tour next summer. Best known for such songs as "Destination Unknown" and "Words," the core of the original band -- singer Dale Bozzio, drummer Terry Bozzio, and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo -- also plans to work on music for a possible new studio album.
Singer Amel Larrieux, whose debut Epic solo album, "Infinite Possibilities," was infused with spacy electronics, futuristic funk, and jazzy rhythms, brings that same soulful consciousness to voicing the superheroine in ''Maatkara,'' an animated adventure series on the Sci Fi Channel's Web site. "She is just someone you would like to be like," Larrieux said of the Egyptian princess Maat. "She becomes a warrior but is a gentle soul. That's something of a balance I'm trying to find."
Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist Brooke Allison has taken on the responsibility of being a "Growing Up Advisor" for a new area on AOL's Kids Only Channel. The 14-year-old Allison, whose self-titled debut album was released last week, was a natural choice for the AOL job, as her single "The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)," samples the online service's trademark "good-bye" sign-off sound.
Soul vocalist Macy Gray's sophomore Epic album, "The Id," will be released Sept. 18 in North America. First single "Sweet Baby" will go to radio at the beginning of July, according to Gray's new manager, Michael "Blue" Williams of Family Tree Entertainment. Another track from the album, "The World Is Yours" featuring Slick Rick, is being worked to radio as part of Def Jam's "Rush Hour 2" soundtrack, due July 31.
Who guitarist Pete Townshend has finished the third installment of his archival "Scoop" releases, according to a post on his official Web site. The two-CD set, for which a release date has not yet been determined, will comprise what Townshend describes as "a really surprising and delightful collection of tracks ... less really old demos than usual perhaps. There is a lot of new music from the last 10 years."