As expected, MTV's star-studded 20th anniversary celebration is growing by leaps and bound. The latest artists confirmed to perform during the Aug. 1 "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom include Sean Combs, Kid Rock, Ja Rule, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Rob Halford, Tommy Lee, and Naughty by Nature.
Event organizers have finalized the lineup for the first North American installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Oct. 19-21 on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). As previously reported, Sonic Youth will curate and perform at the event. Other newly confirmed acts include Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Dead C, Cat Power, and Beastie Boys' Adam Horowitz's side band BS2000. Three-day passes go on sale Aug. 2; single-day tickets go on sale Aug. 16 on the UCLA campus and via Ticketmaster.
Politically charged hard rock act Corporate Avenger has hit the road in support of its debut full-length album, "Freedom is a State of Mind," released yesterday (July 24) by Suburban Noize/Koch Records. Supported by fellow Southern California-based act Insolence, which is touring behind its Warner Bros. debut set "Revolution," Corporate Avenger plays tomorrow in St. Louis, and has dates scheduled through Aug. 17 in West Hollywood, Calif.
Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, Moby, Phish's Trey Anastasio, James Taylor, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among the artists who have teamed up with the Save Our Environment Coalition in an initiative to oppose the energy plan of President George W. Bush.
R&B acts Destiny's Child and Monica, along with legendary performer Liza Minnelli, have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. Destiny's Child will perform a medley of their hits during the Sept. 7 event, according to the show's producer, David Gest, while Minnelli and Monica are set to appear at both shows, Sept. 7 and 10.
Seminal guitar rock outfit Living Colour has reunited and begun lining up dates for a handful of U.S. tour dates, kicking off Aug. 1 in Old Bridge, N.J., according to the Black Rock Coalition, a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting the work of black musicians. The organization was founded by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid.
Napster has named Konrad Hilbers as CEO, Billboard Bulletin reports. The announcement was made yesterday (July 24) at the Plug.In online music conference in New York, which was presented by Jupiter Media Metrix in association with Billboard. Hilbers succeeds Hank Barry, who has served as interim CEO since May 2000 and will remain on Napster's board of directors.
Hard rock act Nickelback will hit the road at the end of August with 3 Doors Down in advance of its third album, "Silver Side Up," due Sept. 11 on Roadrunner. The band will play a stateside date on Aug. 5 in Eastacade, Ore., and then head to Europe for promotion. The band will return to North America for the 3 Doors Down tour, beginning with an Aug. 31 show at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. More dates are expected to be added in coming weeks.
More than a decade after voluntarily introducing "parental advisory" labels, the recording industry is putting some promotional weight behind the stickers. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president/CEO Hilary Rosen announced yesterday (July 24) that the industry will launch a new campaign to improve awareness of the advisory labels, which are used to denote recordings with potentially offensive lyrical content.
Being in a rock band from Miami isn't always easy. In a city known for its beautiful beaches, club music, and fashion-driven culture, MCA act Darwin's Waiting Room struggled to find venues to play and an audience for its brand of rap-inflected rock.
While known for their eclectic and often downright goofy songs, They Might Be Giants take a stab at sincerity on the forthcoming album "Mink Car," due Sept. 11 via Restless Records. Such a statement should not deter longtime fans of the band, as there's plenty of the trademark wit for which John Flansburgh and John Linnell are known laced through a collection of songs inspired by a typically wide range of musical influences.