Before San Francisco's legendary venue Winterland closed its doors on Dec. 31, 1978, it first played host to one final concert by the Grateful Dead. Twenty-five years later, the show will be released as a two-DVD set Nov. 11 via Monterey Video.
2000 - Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Neb.
Emerging R&B singer Marques Houston, late of 1990s group IMx (aka Immature), will release his solo debut, "MH," Oct. 21 on T.U.G./Elektra Records. Lead single "Clubbin'" featuring Joe Budden and Pied Piper is at No. 56 on Billboard's Hot 100 in its sixth week on the chart.
With five nominations, Pharrell Williams leads the field for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dave Matthews is taking a few friends out on tour this winter, but they aren't his colleagues in Dave Matthews Band. Instead, the singer/songwriter will hit the road with longtime sideman Tim Reynolds, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Anastasio-affiliated keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, and rhythm section Brady Blade (drums) and Tony Hall (bass), who back Matthews on his new RCA solo debut, "Some Devil."
U.K. rock quartet Supergrass has canceled its remaining U.S. tour dates, after singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and his keyboardist brother, Rob, returned to the U.K. due to a serious family illness, a spokesperson tells Billboard.com.