A few days removed from the 24-hour drive back to his Akron, Ohio, homebase after playing three sets at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, it's not surprising to hear Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach admit that he's "really tired."
Celebrities should continue to express their opinions on world events, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. Of 9,082 voters, 61% had no problem with musicians, actors, and other public figures using the public forums afforded them by their celebrity status to share their perspectives.
The music and life of late Latin jazz legend Tito Puente will be celebrated April 21 with a star-studded event at New York's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Actor Jimmy Smits will host "Rums of Puerto Rico Presents: Viva Puente, A Tribute to the Real Mambo King," which be headlined by Ruben Blades and will serve as the kick-off of a nationwide tribute tour.
R.E.M. has confirmed a 26-date fall North American tour, its first such undertaking since 1999. The trek begins Sept. 1 at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival and will wrap Oct. 11 in Atlanta, about 70 miles west of the group's Athens, Ga., homebase. The tour will play a mix of arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, including an Oct. 3-4 stand at New Jersey's Liberty State Park in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
A permit for a Widespread Panic concert in Birmingham, Ala., has been denied by city officials pointing to drug and alcohol use by some fans at a prior event. The City Council yesterday (March 26) denied the required special event and liquor permit on a 7-2 vote. The Georgia-based jam band had been scheduled for two shows on May 9-10.
2002 - Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly overshadowed by his film roles-dies at his New Jersey home of pneumonia, a complication of progressive supranuclear palsy. He is 66.