Pearl Jam will on Dec. 8 play its first hometown show since October 2001 with a benefit concert at Seattle's Key Arena. Guitarist Mike McCready told local radio station KNDD today (Oct. 23) that proceeds will aid a variety of charities. He wouldn't comment on rumors that Queens Of The Stone Age and Audioslave will also be on the bill or that another show may be added.
Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has confirmed his first solo tour backed by a full band, due to kick off Nov. 21 in Dallas. Robinson will be backed by multi-instrumentalist brothers Paul and Jeremy Stacey, who both played on his Redline solo debut, "New Earth Mud." The set was released yesterday (Oct. 22) and bundled with a DVD chronicling the making of the album.
Heralded Australian rock act the Vines will headline a winter tour sponsored by MTV2. The MTV2 Handpicked Tour ties into the music network's recently released compilation CD "Handpicked Vol. II," and will launch Nov. 19 in Philadelphia. It is currently slated to hit 14 cities throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast with newcomer U.K. act the Music opening.
Ozzy Osbourne's clan could return to MTV as early as November with the second season of their hit reality show. MTV President Brian Graden says "all systems are go" for "The Osbournes," which chronicles the lives of the heavy metal legend, his feisty wife Sharon, and two of their teenage children -- daughter Kelly, and son Jack.
Leading electronic artists have contributed exclusive tracks and mixes to an album protesting a possible war in Iraq, Billboard Bulletin reports. The two-CD set "The Fire This Time," to be released Dec. 2 through U.K. independent label Hidden Art, features music and narration from Orbital, Aphex Twin, Pan Sonic, Speedy J, and Michael Stearns, aimed at highlighting the impact Western trade sanctions have had on Iraqi civilians.
Mexico's El Tri and Argentina's Los Piojos are among the host of Latin acts that will play the inaugural Rock en Miami festival. Slated for Nov. 10, the Bud Light-sponsored event will be held in Miami's Bay Front Park Amphitheater.
A U.S. District Court Judge in Nashville has ruled in favor of Master P's No Limit Films, one of more than 800 original defendants, including music publishers, copyright administrators, record labels, and performing rights organizations...