They Might Be Giants are busier than ever. The group, celebrating its 20th anniversary, just released the Rhino anthology "Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants," and continues to tour nearly non-stop. Last year the band even won a Grammy for "Boss of Me," the theme to the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," and this year the duo is nominated again for "No!," its children's album. And now They Might Be Giants are about to embark on a book tour.
Bob Marley & the Wailers' revered 1976 album "Rastaman Vibration" will be reissued in an expanded two-CD set Nov. 19 via Island/Tuff Gong/UME. Housing six previously unreleased mixes and nine previously unheard live performances, the project follows recent reissues of "Catch a Fire," "Exodus," and "Legend" as the latest in a series of double-disc "deluxe editions."
Ray Conniff, the Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader whose arrangements epitomized the big band sound while spawning such albums as "S'Wonderful" and "Somewhere My Love," died Saturday. He was 85.
Members of veteran ska band Reel Big Fish escaped unharmed when their tour bus caught fire at a truck stop in Kingdom City, Mo. The six band members and three crewmen were sleeping on the bus Saturday morning when the blaze started.
Bruce Springsteen's stop in Barcelona on Wednesday (Oct. 16) will be seen by millions of viewers via a host of MTV Europe channels. "A Night With Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" will be broadcast live and commercial free from Palau Sant Jordi, on MTV Euro, MTV Nordic, MTV France, MTV nl, MTV Italy, MTV Romania, MTV Polska, MTV Spain, MTV Germany, MTV UK, and VH-1 UK.
Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup added the U.K. to its list of European conquests yesterday (Oct. 13) as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (Columbia) went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. The song is already in its fourth week at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, fueled by No. 1 positions in Germany, Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Austria, France, and Belgium.
2001 - Complaining of tightness in his chest, and under the advice of his doctor, Merle Haggard cancels the balance of his U.S. touring plans through Nov. 3. Haggard has a history of coronary artery disease.