Two Grateful Dead principals and a host of hip-hop and DJ acts have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Bonnaroo festival, set for June 21-23 in Manchester, Tenn. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will be joined by his former bandmate Bob Weir for Phil Lesh & Friends' performance during the weekend, alongside other newly added acts such as Jurassic 5, Blackalicious, the Disco Biscuits, Corey Harris, Cut Chemist, Amon Tobin, and DJ Z-Trip.
Musician Bob Geldof, who organized the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert, has called for more help for the poor of Africa. "While some aid has still got through to the Third World, Western governments have done little to change the overall situation," he said Monday, publicizing a report, called "Listen to Africa," by the charity Christian Aid.
Updating a story first posted here yesterday, Konrad Hilbers has resigned as the CEO of Napster less than a year after taking the post, and despite a reported buy-out offer on the table from Bertelsmann, the cash-strapped file swapping service is said to be considering filing for bankruptcy, according to sources. Napster has been offline since July 2001 while fighting copyright infringement suits brought against it by the major labels.
Sure, Bruce Springsteen was born to run. But was he born to run for office? Political consultant Doug Friedline thinks so. He's leading a campaign to get the Boss elected as New Jersey's next U.S. senator.
Coldplay has set an Aug. 26 U.K. release date for its highly anticipated sophomore Parlophone/Capitol set, "A Rush of Blood to the Head." The set, due a day later in North America, is led by first single "In My Place." Other confirmed tracks include "Politik," "Clocks," and "The Scientist," according to a source.
Episodes of the series "Music in High Places" featuring Deftones and Alanis Morissette performing in exotic locales,will be released Aug. 27 on DVD and VHS via Image Entertainment. Each edition offers 70 minutes of bonus material including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Talk about odd couples -- Paul O'Neill, the ramrod straight, silver-haired Republican treasury secretary, and Bono, the U2 frontman with the wraparound sunglasses. They are pairing up, not for the summer concert circuit, but a 10-day tour of some of the most destitute countries in the world in sub-Saharan Africa.
Hard rock outfit Korn has added several dates to its eight-week North American outing and confirmed a number of venues for the jaunt. The tour launches June 20 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and is now set through Aug. 1 in Grand Forks, N.D. Puddle Of Mudd and Deadsy will open; details for a West Coast leg have yet to be announced.
Flaming Lips, De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cake, and Kinky have signed on for the inaugural Unlimited Sunshine tour, which bows July 31 in St. Louis and wraps Aug. 31 in St. Paul, Minn. The idea for the trek came from Cake's John McCrea and Pete McNeal, who have also drafted the Hanckensaw Boys to play acoustic bluegrass music between sets.