Bruce Springsteen's tour in support of his latest Columbia album, "The Rising," will head to Europe for seven concerts beginning Oct. 14 in Paris. The just confirmed trek will also visit Barcelona, where the Boss kicked off his 2000-2001 reunion tour with the E Street Band, and will wrap in London on Oct. 27.
Veteran rock trio Rush has tacked on a new leg of North American tour dates in support of its latest Anthem/Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails." The group will pause briefly following a Sept. 28 show in Chula Vista, Calif., and return to the stage Oct. 5 in Mexico City. The new dates encompass an Oct. 22 hometown show in Toronto and run through a Nov. 6 finale in East Rutherford, N.J. Tickets for the Tampa, Fla.; W. Palm Beach, Fla.; and Atlanta shows go on sale Saturday (Aug. 17).
Lance Bass' space voyage is at risk while Hollywood dealmakers and Russian bureaucrats squabble over payment for the pop idol's $20 million trip. "We have a contract, but we don't have any money," Russian Aerospace Agency spokesman Konstantin Kreidenko said.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have set an Oct. 8 release date for their new Warner Bros. studio set, "The Last DJ." The set, produced by longtime collaborator George Drakoulias, is the follow-up to "Echo," which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in May 1999. Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sings on "The Man Who Loves Women," while producer Jon Brion offered orchestral arrangements for "Like a Diamond," "Money Becomes King," and "Dreamville."
Ronnie Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones and a veteran of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, has tapped a host of famous and talented friends for "Not for Beginners," his seventh solo studio album.
The California senator who introduced legislation to repeal the recording industry's exemption to the "seven-year rule" on personal-services contracts is lashing out at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Billboard Bulletin reports.
1999 - In an unprecedented show of popularity, popsters Backstreet Boys sell all 765,000 tickets for their North American tour in just one day, generating an estimated $30 million. Tickets for the 11-week, 39-city arena tour sell out as soon as they go on sale - the vast majority within an hour.
After a nearly two-year hiatus, seminal Vermont jam band Phish is returning to active duty with a New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Three additional shows are scheduled for Jan. 2-4 at Hampton, Va.'s Hampton Coliseum, where the group recorded a six-disc live album, "Hampton Comes Alive," released in 1999. Further dates are in the planning stages, as is a return to the studio to record the group's first new album since 2000's "Farmhouse."