Wynton Marsalis leads the star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. On the first day of the event, Marsalis will perform alongside Latin jazz veteran Arturo Sandoval, legendary blues vocalist Etta James, and saxophonist Joe Lovano, who will offer a salute to the late Italian opera star Enrico Caruso.
Australian rock trio Silverchair has set a July 9 North American release date for its Atlantic debut, "Diorama," which will arrive in Australia in April via new independent label Eleven. "This is our third comeback," jokes singer Daniel Johns, who was only 16 when Silverchair broke internationally in 1995. "I think we're going to be like Kiss and just increase the amount of makeup as we go on."
Modern rock duo Fountains Of Wayne has recorded 15 new songs for the follow up to 1999's "Utopia Parkway" (Atlantic). Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger recently wrapped a two week studio stint at New York's Stratosphere Sound, which Schlesinger co-runs with his Ivy bandmate Andy Chase and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
International superstar Madonna will make her U.K. theater debut in May in London's West End, starring in an Australian comedy titled "Up for Grabs." She'll lead a cast of seven in the British premiere of David Williamson's play, a satire on the art world that first was staged in Sydney in February 2001.
The out-of-print early works of Primus will get new life courtesy of frontman Les Claypool's Prawn Song label, which will on April 23 reissue both the band's debut live LP "Suck on This," and its first full-length studio album, "Frizzle Fry." Both have been remastered, and will boast new liner notes by Claypool detailing the making of the albums. "Frizzle Fry" has also been bolstered with a cover medley of the Residents' "Hello Skinny/Constantinople."
A quarter century after the Sex Pistols belted out an acerbic punk tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the song is being re-released to mark the monarch's golden jubilee. Virgin Records plans to release "God Save the Queen" on May 27, hoping it will top the charts when Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 50 years on the throne during the first weekend in June.
Former Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn says the recording of his new live album, "7 Worlds Collide - Live at the St. James" (released Feb. 26 via Nettwerk America), was both an experiment with some rather famous friends and a chance to give a little back to his fellow New Zealanders.
Limp Bizkit's tour manager said today (March 1) that a Sydney concert where a teenage girl was killed was understaffed and poorly managed. Alexander Murdoch MacLeod was the first person from the Fred Durst-led band's management to appear at the Australian inquest into the death of 15-year-old Jessica Michalik, who was caught in a crowd crush and suffered a heart attack at the concert on Jan. 26, 2001.
Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon with producer Nigel Godrich to work on his long-awaited new album. Recording will follow the rapid, informal pace Godrich and Beck used previously in creating 1998's "Mutations" (Geffen) reportedly over a span of two weeks, "with Beck and crew hammering out a song a day."
Two former Destiny's Child members filed a federal lawsuit against the group, contending the hit song "Survivor" made derisive comments about them. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson contend the song -- which won the Grammy for R&B performance by a duo or group last night (Feb. 27) -- is in violation of a previous settlement, which precludes either party from making "any public comment of a disparaging nature concerning one another."
Last night's (Feb. 27) Grammy Awards netted legendary musician Freddy Fender the best Latin pop album honor for his Back Porch/Virgin release "La Musica De Baldemar Huerta." The trophy is the first solo Grammy Fender has won in his more than four decade-long career.