As first tipped here last week, Metallica is set to return to the road in North America with its Summer Sanitarium tour, kicking off July 4 in a city to be announced. Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park will each play headlining-length sets. The stadium package will also feature the Deftones and Mudvayne.
Former Hole frontwoman Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) as she arrived at London's Heathrow airport on a trans-Atlantic flight. Love had been "verbally abusive" to cabin crew during a Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the airline said.
Multiple nominees Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, and the Dixie Chicks are the latest performers added to the 45th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Also newly joining the bill for the Feb. 23 event at New York's Madison Square Garden are John Mayer, Vanessa Carlton, and members of the New York Philharmonic.
Acclaimed music producer Phil Spector was freed last night (Feb. 3) after posting $1 million bond. As previously reported, the 62-year-old was arrested early yesterday morning for investigation of murder after police found a woman shot to death at his castle-like mansion in Alhambra, Calif.
Underworld leads a star-studded lineup for the fifth annual Ultra Music Festival, set for March 22 at Miami's Bayfront Park. The event will also sport performances from some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, DJ Tiesto, and Paul Van Dyk.
The Allman Brothers Band has set a March 18 release date for "Hittin' the Note," its first studio album in more than eight years. The set is the veteran southern rock group's first with independent label Sanctuary Records, which is releasing the 11-track album in conjunction with the band's own Peach Records imprint.
Father-and-son rappers Master P and Lil' Romeo will star together in the urban family comedy "Uncle P," with video director Bernard Gourly making his feature film debut. Production is scheduled to begin later this month, with Master P putting up several million dollars of his own money to finance the project while still seeking a domestic distributor. Master P is the film's co-producer with its writer, Dallas Jackson.
NBC's top-rated morning show "Today" has helped land a record deal for a singer who appeared on the show's talent contest last year. Kristy Starling, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native, earned second place in the program's singing contest, "Today's Superstar."
2001 - Greek-French composer Iannis Xenaxis dies at the age of 78 at his home in Paris. Trained as an engineer and architect, Xenaxis relied on elaborate computer models and other scientific methods to create such mathematically minded works as "Pithoprakta" for trombones, strings, and percussion (1957), "Nuits" for chorus ('67), and "Pleiades" for percussion sextet ('78), as well as a series of electronic pieces.