Trace Adkins, Andy Griggs, the Charlie Daniels Band, and John Michael Montgomery will celebrate minor league baseball and the 100th anniversary of the South Atlantic League (SAL) by taking part in the Country Grand Slam tour.
Surviving members of the rock band Great White will embark on a nationwide tour to raise money for families of victims of the Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 99 people. Attorney Ed McPherson said Great White would perform with other rock bands and donate their percentage of the profits to existing charities in Rhode Island.
Flamboyant British singer Lady Miss Kier (real name: Kierin Kirby) believes a video game has stolen her image. The artist filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week against the U.S. arm of video game publisher Sega Corp., alleging the 2000 game "Space Channel 5" used her likeness without her permission.
1999 - Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51.
Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto, singer Michelle Branch has canceled an upcoming tour date in Toronto. According to House of Blues Canada, Branch's May 30 concert at the Guvernment nightclub has been called off. The show will be rescheduled as Branch plans on returning to Toronto as soon as possible. Refunds are available at points of purchase.
Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, and the Indigo Girls are among the latest acts confirmed to appear at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The 13th annual three-day event in Lyons, Colo., will take place Aug. 15-17, and, as previously reported, will feature Norah Jones headlining on Aug. 16.
Arista Records/BMG Heritage has set a June 10 release date for "Ultimate Kenny G," a 19-track collection spanning the veteran instrumentalist's 16-year career. The compilation also includes three singles previously unavailable on any U.S. album.
London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000 tracks for legitimate download from its Web site, Billboard Bulletin reports. MoS relaunched the site yesterday (April 28), declaring its ambition to become the "No. 1 global legal music download and streaming site."
Veteran soul balladeer Luther Vandross, described as barely conscious two weeks after suffering a stroke, has undergone a tracheotomy to fight off pneumonia, according to his business manager. The procedure was done in a way that did not affect the singer's vocal chords. Vandross remains in intensive care at Weill Cornell Medical Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.