When it came time for Tool to choose an opening act for its current arena tour in support of the chart-topping Volcano album "Lateralus," the prog-metal act named the somewhat obscure group Tomahawk to the surprise of many, including Tomahawk frontman Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas). The trek hits Buffalo, N.Y. tonight (Aug. 23).
While most -- if not all -- in the U.S. concert business are feeling the bite of a post-Sept. 11 marketplace, few could claim to be as badly bitten as the operators of the New York City Blues Cruise. The seven-year-old series, which features national acts performing on a boat that tours the lower tip and western coast of Manhattan, is experiencing a 35-40% dip in attendance compared to last year, according to producer/director John Hoffman.
The Offspring, Face To Face, Devo, and Social Distortion are among the acts confirmed to appear on Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam tour later this year. A sort of Warped Tour in reverse, the Huck Jam festival, which launches in early October, puts the emphasis on extreme sports, with the music taking a backseat to skateboarders and bikers.
Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland will share screen time with a pair of Hollywood horror kingpins in her big-screen debut. The pop star has joined the cast of New Line Cinema's "Freddy vs. Jason," which teams up legendary evildoers Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fame and Jason Vorhees of the "Friday the 13th" franchise.
Nickelback has tapped young proteges Theory Of A Dead Man for an upcoming tour of outdoor festivals. Nickelback, whose frontman Chad Kroeger had a major summer hit with "Hero" from Sony's "Spider-Man" soundtrack, will be on the road for 14 September dates, kicking off Sept. 5 at the Idaho State Fair.
Black Sabbath's original lineup -- vocalist John "Ozzy" Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward -- ruled heavy metal from 1970-1978, and their work during that period will be anthologized Oct. 15 with the Warner Bros./Rhino release "Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)."
3LW members Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams are denying allegations by Naturi Naughton that she was forced out of the R&B trio. As reported yesterday, Naughton recently said in an interview with WBLS New York that she exited because of tensions within the group. During the interview, Naughton alleged that she faced complaints about her image and performance. She also claimed Williams threw a plate of food at her during an argument.
Rapper Nelly shows Bruce Springsteen who's boss on The Billboard 200 as his Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville" returns to No. 1 for a fourth non-consecutive week, and sends Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) down to No. 3 after two weeks on top. Nelly's return to the summit of the album tally gives the rapper control of three major charts, as his singles "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" continue to dominate Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts, respectively.