Alanis Morissette has lined up a summer European tour, set to kick off June 1 at the Rock Am Ring festival in Nurburgring, Germany. The artist will warm up for the trek with two shows on May 25 and 26 at the 900-capacity El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Veteran punk act Bad Religion is in Los Angeles this week rehearsing and writing songs for a new album slated to be released by Epitaph in October. In addition to writing, the group is also using this time to try out new drummers. Bobby Schayer, who had been with the band since 1992, left the group last month due to an inoperable rotator cuff problem.
California hard rockers the Deftones will set off on a North American tour this summer with fellow heavy rock act Godsmack. The full itinerary is not yet confirmed, but dates currently begin July 13 in George, Wash., and run through Sept. 1 in Wantagh, N.Y. The trek is scheduled to encompass more than 40 shows.
The original five members of Duran Duran are reforming for the first time in more than 15 years. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Andy Taylor have not recorded together since 1985, when they scored a hit single with "A View to a Kill" (Capitol), the title song to the James Bond film. That lineup last performed live at the Live Aid concert that same year.
Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Corey Harris, and Eddy Clearwater are among the blues artists featured on the first compilation CD culled from the nominee list for this year's W.C. Handy Awards, which will be presented May 24 in Memphis.
Sean Combs is heading to prison -- but only in the movies. The rap mogul is in final negotiations to play a convicted murderer in the film "Monster's Ball," opposite Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, according to a source close to Combs.
It's been almost a decade since Atlanta-based quintet Silk stormed the music world with its 1992 chart-topping debut album, "Lose Control," which it followed in 1995 with "Silk." As the group prepares for the June 12 release of its fourth Elektra album, "Love Session," consistency remains the fivesome's byword.
Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of the Australian version of the "Popstars" reality television series. Underwood is "departing the group due to personal career opportunities," according to a statement released today (May 10) by the group's label, Warner Music.
Dixie Chicks and Lee Ann Womack topped the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards last night (May 9), each taking home a trio of trophies from the ceremony at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. The Chicks won for entertainer of the year, group, and video for "Goodbye Earl." Womack's song "I Hope You Dance," performed with Sons of the Desert, won for song, single, and vocal event.
Janet Jackson and Destiny's Child have now dominated the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks. On the latest chart, Jackson's "All for You" maintains its grip on No. 1, while Destiny's Child's "Survivor" is right behind at No. 2.