Peter Gabriel has announced dates for a European leg of his Growing Up tour in support of his latest Real World/Geffen album "Up," beginning April 24 in Stockholm and wrapping May 21 in London. The artist toured North America in the fall, complete with a round stage that found him at times singing from inside a giant bubble and riding a bicycle around his band members.
By his own admission, "The Raven" is the most ambitious project undertaken by Lou Reed in a recording career that now spans four decades. The new Sire/Reprise album by the former lynchpin of the Velvet Underground sees him celebrating the fiction and poetry of the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe across two discs that contain a mixture of rock, classical music, and spoken dramatization.
Pianist Keith Jarrett has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's annual Polar Music Prize. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize at a May 12 ceremony in Stockholm, preceded by a May 7 performance by Jarrett -- accompanied by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette -- at the Stockholm Konzerthus.
Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "Lethal Injection" to follow on March 11. Additionally, the label will release "Ice Cube: The Video Collection" on DVD on April 1.
Rock The Vote will honor Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D next month at the organization's 10th annual awards ceremony. On Feb. 22 at New York's Roseland Ballroom, Morissette and Gabriel will be bestowed with Patrick Lippert Awards, named for Rock The Vote's late executive director. Chuck D, meanwhile, will be honored with the group's Founder's Award.
Pearl Jam has drafted Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, Idlewild, and the Buzzcocks as the support acts for its 2003 North American tour. Sleater-Kinney will support beginning with the April 1 Denver tour opener through April 18 in Nashville, with Sparta taking over from April 19 in Atlanta through May 3 in State College, Pa.
The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, Jeff Baxter, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Steve Vai (whose Favored Nations label will release the set on April 22) have all contributed their fretboard skills to this project simply underlines the enormous influence the 1960s band has had on succeeding generations of musicians.
Coldplay, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Nelly with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, and Bruce Springsteen are the first performers confirmed for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden. These acts have 18 Grammy nominations among them, with Nelly, Springsteen, and Jones boasting five each. Meanwhile, the Recording Academy has paired with the Warner Music Group for the Feb. 11 release of the "2003 Grammy Nominations" CD.