MTV's upcoming reality series "The Osbournes," which follows the lives of veteran heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne and his family, won't be a big draw for most viewers, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. An overwhelming 69% of 1,767 respondents said that they have no plans to watch the show.
Following Van Halen's surprise departure from Warner Bros. -- the band's base for more than 23 years -- the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, tells Billboard the band is "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings
Musician Freddy Fender (real name: Baldemar Huerta) has been released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week ago. Fender, the 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner, underwent the two-hour surgery at University Hospital Jan. 24. He was released on Wednesday.
Joe Jackson has released a live album, "Two Rainy Nights - Live in the Northwest - The Official Bootleg," that is only available via his official Web site. Recorded last April in Seattle and Portland, Ore., the 67-minute disc features 14 tracks, including old favorites and tracks from the 2000 Sony Classics album "Night and Day II."
Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna founding member Jorma Kaukonen is planning to record an album of classic country material. "What we're talking about is an album of me doing period material from the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s written by people like Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmy Davis and Gene Autry," he said in a statement. The as-yet-untitled set will be his first under a new multi-album solo deal with Sony's Columbia Records and is targeted for a mid-June release, according to a label spokesperson.
Spanish police yesterday (Jan. 31) said they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Police said they thought Mack, who is a cousin of celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, fit the description of a suspect they were looking for because of his height and his race. The 34-year-old Mack is black.
'N Sync has now confirmed 19 dates for its spring U.S. tour, which, as previously reported, will kick off March 3 in Portland, Ore. Shows are booked through April 18 in Philadelphia, and will encompass two-night stands in Anaheim, Calif. (March 11-12), and Rosemont, Ill. (April 4-5). Ginuwine and Smash Mouth will open at various times.
The trajectory of Manchester, England-based brooding rock outfit Elbow has not been a shortcut to superstardom. In fact, only now -- after 11 years of trudging through relative obscurity -- is the band's ardor beginning to work in its favor.