When James Brown was winding down his show at a jazz festival yesterday (July 17) in Helsinki, the crowds clapped to the beat of his 1970s hit "Sex Machine," then roared with approval when Finland's popular president Tarja Halonen walked on stage to jive with the Godfather of Soul.
The Who's classic 1979 rockumentary "The Kids Are Alright" will make its DVD debut Sept. 30 in a release from Pioneer Entertainment, Billboard reports in its July 26 issue. The title, which comes at a time of heightened consumer interest in classic rock DVDs, will mark the 40th anniversary of the band's first recording and first performance of a song composed by guitarist Pete Townshend.
Rap impresario Russell Simmons will stage a Hip-Hop Summit Aug. 1-3 in Birmingham, Ala., the epicenter of the 1960s civil rights movement. The event will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual Birmingham Heritage Festival.
Bertelsmann yesterday (July 17) filed a motion to dismiss three copyright-infringement lawsuits filed against it over its relationship with Napster, Billboard Bulletin reports. In the suits, Universal Music Group, EMI and a group of music publishers allege that Bertelsmann's $60 million loan to Napster in October 2000 contributed to the infringement of works over the file-sharing network.
Nickelback will release its third album, "The Long Road," Sept. 23 in the U.S. via Roadrunner. The Canadian rock act self-produced the set, which will be led by the single "Someday." A video for the track was recently shot in Vancouver with director Nigel Dick (Alice In Chains, Britney Spears, matchbox twenty).
Embattled R&B star R. Kelly will be able to put his troubles on the shelf for a while this summer as he hits the road for a brief set of shows. Kelly's run of headlining shows begins Aug. 15 in Oakland, Calif., and ends Aug. 28 in Atlanta. Opening acts have not been announced.
Roots rock act Gov't Mule, led by occasional Allman Bros. guitarist Warren Haynes, will hit the road this fall on its Rebirth of the Mule tour. With former Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson's band New Earth Mud in tow, the trek will launch Oct. 10 in Philadelphia and last through mid-November.