Police in Australia today (Feb. 14) recovered reel-to-reel tapes apparently recorded by the Beatles and believed stolen from the band's studios in London more than three decades ago. Detectives raided a home in western Sydney and seized tape recordings of the "Abbey Road" album and "The Beatles," better known as "The White Album." They also confiscated album artwork, police said in a statement.
Beck has slated a spring international tour that will kick off March 15 in Brisbane, Australia, and wrap May 1 in Dublin. The artist has also confirmed a one-off performance tonight (Feb. 14) at the intimate Maxwell's club in Hoboken, N.J. Beck will then appear tomorrow as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
Icelandic rock outfit Sigur Ros will kick off a spring U.S. tour with a March 15-16 stand in Boston. The group is in the midst of a European jaunt that hits Hamburg tomorrow (Feb. 15) and will run through a March 1 date in Lisbon, Portugal. Like-minded ambient rock act the Album Leaf is the opening act for both the European and North American tours.
Australian rock quartet the Vines have confirmed a spring North American tour, beginning March 18 in Vancouver and wrapping April 19 in Atlanta. The group recently wrapped a stint on the annual Big Day Out tour of Australia and New Zealand. After the U.S. dates, the Vines are expected to play a handful of European shows, beginning April 23 in London.
Fred Bronson discusses with readers Kelly Osbourne, singles charts, foreign language/English language versions of songs and remixes on the charts, worldwide charts, platinum albums, and the chart accomplishments of artists in their first seven years.
The eighth installment of Ozzfest will boast Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Disturbed among its mainstage acts, a source tells Billboard.com. The annual hard rock festival tour will kick off in June and will, according to the official Ozzfest Web site, once again visit England as well as trek across North America. Full details are to be revealed on Tuesday (Feb. 18).
The second annual Bonnaroo festival, set for June 13-15 in Manchester, Tenn., has signed on a plethora of acts, including headliners the Dead and Widespread Panic. Other confirmed acts include Sonic Youth, James Brown, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Tortoise, the Roots, Warren Haynes, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, moe., Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jack Johnson, Galactic, Sound Tribe Sector 9, and G. Love & Special Sauce.
Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff had checked into a luxury hotel in Miami late last year when detectives showed up at his door. They arrested McGriff, 42, on a weapons charge -- but only as a pretext. By then, McGriff was a key suspect in a secret investigation into alleged ties between the rap music industry and drug trafficking.