The career of veteran German hard rock act the Scorpions will be celebrated on "Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions," due May 28 on Hip-O. The band will also embark on a summer U.S. package tour with fellow hard rock mainstays Dio and Deep Purple beginning May 31 in Las Vegas. Four European dates are on the schedule for early July.
The surviving members of Alice In Chains have broken their silence on the passing of lead singer Layne Staley, who was found dead in his Seattle apartment this weekend with heroin-injection paraphernalia near his body. "Yesterday, we all managed to come together in Seattle; it's good to be with friends and family as we struggle to deal with this immense loss... and try to celebrate this immense life," the band said in a statement.
With "iicons," due May 7, Naughty by Nature issues its first effort since the departure of DJ/producer KayGee and a move to TVT Records. But perhaps what is most notable to the venerable rap act's remaining members, Treach and Vinnie, is that the album marks the act's 10th anniversary -- one that they seemed unlikely to celebrate as a group.
Teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow (real name: Shad Moss) will kick off a summer tour July 25 in Memphis. At deadline, 11 dates for the trek have been confirmed but more shows will be added, according to a statement from the artist's label, So So Def/Columbia. The outing has been dubbed the Scream 2 tour, as it is the follow-up to last summer's Scream trek.
Like each of Rusted Root's previous four albums, Welcome to My Party is lopsided, containing a few really great songs, a handful of nice moments spread over twice as many tracks, and a couple rather forgettable tunes.
While once again illustrating just how deeply he loves all kinds of music—from folk to country to bluegrass to grunge to reggae—Steve Earle reminds us here that he also knows intimately what it's like to be a fan, giving us this excitingly diverse and hip collection of odds and ends.
Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the grunge band Alice In Chains, was found dead in his Seattle apartment, authorities said today (April 20). He was 34. Tests were required to establish the identity because the body, discovered Friday, had started to decompose. The cause of death had not been determined, a representative of the King County Medical Examiner's office said.