Having wrapped an extensive tour in support of last year's "Just Push Play" (Columbia), Aerosmith recently convened in Hawaii with frequent collaborator Marti Frederiksen to write some new songs that may see the light of day on a future EP or greatest hits album. The veteran Boston rock outfit is also mulling a live DVD, a network TV special, and a contribution to the soundtrack to the summer film "Spider Man."
U2 singer Bono says he has a new nickname around the White House: "The Pest." The Irish rock star met with President Bush in the Oval Office yesterday (March 14) to discuss AIDS and Bush's new initiative on U.S. aid to poor countries. Afterward, he accompanied Bush to a speech, then had another session with White House officials. "I am a pest, I am a stone in the shoe of a lot of people living here in this town, a squeaky wheel," Bono told reporters.
Yoko Ono has bought the childhood home of her late husband John Lennon. Ono said she purchased the Liverpool, England, house at 251 Menlove Ave. where Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi and where the Quarry Men and the Beatles rehearsed. The house is to go to The National Trust, which already owns former Beatle Paul McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool's Allerton district and opens it to the public.
Canadian power trio Rush has set a May 14 release date for its upcoming Anthem/Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails." As previously reported, the set was recorded in Toronto, with band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart serving as producers and longtime collaborator Paul Northfield engineering. A North American tour in support of "Vapor Trails" is expected to begin in late June
Chart-toppping rock act Creed has confirmed an April 29 kick off date for the second leg of its North American tour in support of its latest Wind-Up set, "Weathered." The first leg of the run played 18 dates to more than 260,000 fans in January and February. The new dates will follow a planned break after Creed's current Australian/New Zealand tour, and will keep the band on the road through the end of May.
With six nominations each, Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith are the top contenders for the 37th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Both acts are nominated in the entertainer of the year category, and both scored nods in the album, song, single, and video categories. Keith is also up for male vocalist of the year, and Brooks & Dunn for top vocal duo. Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt earned four nominations each.
Steve Earle, Wilco's John Stirratt, and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will join Nicholas Tremulis' house band for the fourth annual Waltz benefit. The event, set for March 23 at Chicago's Metro, takes its name from "The Last Waltz" concert honoring the breakup of the Band. Proceeds will benefit Heartland Alliance's Neon Street whose stated mission is to "ensure that homeless teens do not become homeless adults."
Power-pop icon Tommy Keene will release his first studio album in nearly four years on June 4 as part of a new deal with spinART Records. Titled "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," the 12-song follow-up to 1998's "Isolation Party" (Matador) will feature such guests as former Wilco member Jay Bennett on keyboards. According to Keene, Gin Blossoms members Robin Wilson and Jesse Valenzuela also supplied backing vocals to a number of tracks.
Just two weeks after generating a host of Grammy victories, the Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" claims the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200. The set manages the feat 63 weeks after debuting at No. 192, fending off Brandy's "Full Moon" (Atlantic/AG), which debuts at No. 2 on sales of 155,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
Fifty years after she began her professional music career on a Columbus, Ohio television show, jazz singer Nancy Wilson says it's time to relax a bit. Wilson told the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette she's tired of having an itinerary and that she wants to spend more time at home with her family.