The White Stripes have confirmed a New Year's Eve concert in Chicago and will kick off 2004 with a handful of European/U.K. dates, taking up the latter half of January and stretching into February. The Dec. 31 show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom will see the Detroit blues duo share a bill with the Flaming Lips and Blanche.
The Vines have set a March 23 release for "Winning Days," the Australian garage rock act's second Capitol album. The set re-teams the band with Rob Schnapf, who produced the Vines' 2002 debut, "Highly Evolved."
During a Christmas benefit concert Saturday night at the Vatican, Lauryn Hill launched into an unscheduled tirade against priests who abuse children, according to news reports. Hill read a statement criticizing the church and its leaders during the concert, where she was a featured performer.
Nearly a month after his arrest, Michael Jackson could be charged this week in a child molestation case in which legal experts say prosecutors will need strong physical evidence to overcome questions about the accuser's credibility.
Rascal Flatts has slated its second headlining tour for early in the New Year. Sponsored by Coors Light, the trek will kick off Jan. 22 in Kalamazoo, Mich., with Brian McComas and Chris Cagle opening all of the shows.