As tipped here last month, Beck and the Flaming Lips will set out on a fall North American tour, set to begin Oct. 17 in Minneapolis. The first leg of dates will close with an Oct. 30-31 stand at New York's Beacon Theatre.
While much of the country will likely remember the events of a year ago through moments of silence, music is playing a central role in today's (Sept. 11) ceremonies to mark the first anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Among them is NBC's broadcast of the Concert for America 2002, featuring Enrique Iglesias, India.Arie, Alan Jackson, and more.
Pearl Jam has settled on "Riot Act" as the title for its seventh Epic studio album, which, as previously reported, is due Nov. 12. The Eddie Vedder-penned first single "I Am Mine" goes to U.S. radio Wednesday (Sept. 18); a commercial single, backed with the non-album track "Down," is due Oct. 8.
2001 - The U.S. music industry goes into a state of near-total paralysis following the deadly terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The second annual Latin Grammy Awards, scheduled for the 11th, lead a list of nationwide cancellations.
Arista Nashville's Carolyn Dawn Johnson was again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held last night (Sept. 9) in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson took home trophies for top single and top video for her hit "I Don't Want You to Go." Johnson also swept last year's event, winning five awards.
In addition to a posthumous studio album from Beatles guitarist George Harrison, the coming months will bring a Harrison/Beatles tribute album under the moniker "Songs From the Material World." According to a label spokesperson, the set is due from Koch on Feb. 25, which would be the late Harrison's 60th birthday. Among the confirmed participants are the Byrds' Roger McGuinn, the Kinks' Dave Davies, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and John Lennon's son Julian.
Bluegrass favorites Alison Krauss & Union Station will release a two-disc live album Nov. 5 via Rounder Records. The as-yet-untitled set was recorded April 29-30 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Ky., as the act wrapped up its spring tour. A DVD shot over the course of the same shows will follow on a still-to-be-determined date.