The Grateful Dead may have folded in the wake of Jerry Garcia's death, but life and music continues on for many of the group's former members, including drummer/percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. A trustee of the U.S. Library of Congress, Hart is a world musician and an accomplished ethnomusicologist, while Kreutzmann has followed his Dead trail into a new group with a set of veteran musicians.
It's one giant leap from singing for teenyboppers and plugging Chili's baby back ribs to orbiting the Earth, but 'N Sync member Lance Bass is planning to do exactly that. The performer has been invited to blast into space as a passenger on board a Russian Soyuz rocket scheduled for launch in November.
Stalwart Philly soul group the O'Jays will launch a U.S. concert tour in support of their latest MCA album "For the Love." The jaunt will kick off March 14 in Boston and crisscross the country over the course of a month, wrapping April 14 in St. Louis.
Before its spring tour has even started, the Dave Matthews Band is looking ahead to a two-month U.S. summer tour, due to kick off with a pair of shows July 5-6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The latest series of dates, announced yesterday (Feb. 19) to the band's Warehouse fan club, is mostly made up of multiple night stands at outdoor venues, and is set to close with a Sept. 6-8 series in George, Wash.
Rappers Snoop Dogg, Outkast, and Busta Rhymes have all signed on to perform during the inaugural Beyond 2002 Super Festival. Scheduled for April 12-14 in Miami's Bicentennial Park, the event will feature concerts, DJ, MC, and B-Boy battles, and extreme sports demonstrations. Other hip-hop artists confirmed to appear across the festival's five stages are Ludacris, Method Man, Ice-T, Afrika Bambaataa, and Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh.
With more than 900 songs in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's combined repertoire, David Crosby tells Billboard.com that the band's second tour in three years is all about spontaneity and the unearthing of hidden gems. "Admittedly, half of those songs are Neil [Young]'s. That guy is so prolific, I hate him," Crosby says with a laugh.
Rock veteran Bob Dylan, rap act Outkast, and violinist Joshua Bell are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the upcoming 44th annual Grammy Awards celebration. Also signing on is the quintet of ladies responsible for last year's hit remake of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" -- Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink, as well as producer Missy Elliott, who will join her charges on stage for the performance of the track from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack.
Rapper Master P (real name: Percy Miller) has been forced to sell an unfinished recording studio to settle unpaid construction bills and other debts. The rap mogul announced plans for the $10 million Baton Rouge, La., studio in 1997. Contracting disputes slowed construction and the studio is now a shell, with unfinished walls and a chain-link fence warning of guard dogs.
Eclectic modern rock act They Might Be Giants will kick off a U.S. tour March 13 in Austin, Texas. Currently confirmed dates concentrate on theaters and clubs in Midwest and Southeast U.S., and wrap April 6 in Columbus, Ohio.
"Crossroads," the feature film debut of teen pop diva Britney Spears, pulled in an estimated $17 million in over the weekend to land at No. 2 on the North American weekend box office roundup. The film had the advantage of opening a four-day weekend, extended by yesterday's (Feb. 18) U.S. Presidents' Day holiday.
L.A.-based rap act Dilated Peoples will headline the upcoming Scratch Tour, set to kick off March 5 in San Francisco. The trek, which will also feature GrandWizzard Theodore, Z-Trip, and the Original Jazzy Jay, along with a rotating list of guest DJs, will be coupled with screenings of the Palm Pictures DJ documentary "Scratch."