Dave Matthews Band is planning an Oct. 23 release for its third live album, informatively titled "Live in Chicago 12/19/98." The two-disc, 16-song RCA set chronicles the group's performance at the city's United Center during the tour in support of the 1998 studio album "Before These Crowded Streets."
Founding Sly and the Family Stone member and current Prince bassist Larry Graham will be celebrated by Rhino/Warner Archives with "The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology," a new two-disc collection due Oct. 2. The compilation will include 33 songs culled from Graham's two solo albums and his work with Graham Central Station, the funk outfit he started after leaving Sly in 1972.
Russ Taff is joining the Gaither Vocal Band, Billboard Bulletin reports. Taff replaces Mark Lowry, who last month announced his resignation from the award-winning Southern gospel group, which is led by Bill Gaither.
Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton has one request: Listen to his Lost Highway debut, "Private Radio," with open ears and an open mind. "I'm not saying you have to like [the record]," he says. "I'm saying don't be shut off to it because I'm an actor. I was a musician first."
Artemis Records has signed 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, the band that features actor Russell Crowe on vocals and guitar, Billboard Bulletin reports. The album "Bastard Life of Clarity," previously available outside of Australia only on the Internet, will be released Sept. 11 in the U.S. First single "Sail Those Same Oceans" has shipped to triple-A radio.
Glammed-up metal act Dope will return with its sophomore set, "Life," on Oct. 30 via Flip/Epic. For fans who need a Dope fix sooner, the album will be preceded by the single "Now or Never," which should start popping up on radio in mid-September.
Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell and his actress wife, Leighanne, have launched their own music label and production company, Brileigh Prods., in association with Insight Entertainment Group, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leighanne Littrell told the Reporter that the company plans to focus on the label division to start, with the hopes of developing and signing two or three artists during the first year. The Littrells are looking to produce film and television projects by the end of next year.
Severe bronchitis has forced rock singer Stevie Nicks to postpone concerts last night (Aug. 21) and tonight at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The former Fleetwood Mac singer experienced some respiratory problems last month as she embarked on the tour in support of her latest Reprise album "Trouble in Shangri-La Tour," according to her spokesperson.
Plans to rename a Springfield, Mass., city street in honor of blues musician and former resident Taj Mahal have run into a dead end. Following objections from people who live on Monroe Street, city councilors on Monday night decided instead to add a plaque to the street instead of changing its name to Taj Mahal Way.
The Black Crowes have expanded their fall North American tour itinerary, which kicks off Saturday (Aug. 25) in Green Bay, Wis., and will wrap Oct. 27 at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival. The group, with support from Los Angeles-based rock outfit Beachwood Sparks, will be touring behind its V2 debut, "Lions." The set debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 in May and has sold 157,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
Marc Anthony and Beck lead the list of artists who will celebrate the music of John Lennon during a TNT taping Sept. 20 at New York's historic Radio City Music Hall. "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon" will be led by musical director Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and also will feature Moby and Nelly Furtado, according to a source, with additional artists expected. An edited version of the show is scheduled to air Oct. 9 on TNT.
Oysterhead, the alt-rock supergroup featuring Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Primus bassist Les Claypool, and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, will on Oct. 2 release its Elektra debut album, "The Grand Pecking Order," and follow it with a month-long U.S. tour of theaters and arenas.
The Butthole Surfers' forthcoming album, "Weird Revolution," due Aug. 28 via Hollywood Records, is a return to raucous, experimental form for the band, one that could delight both followers of the group's '80s indie work and a new generation of converts.