As first reported here last week, the Eagles will kick off their first North American tour in seven years May 31 in Reno, Nev. The 31-date trek will wrap July 20 in Biloxi, Miss., and comes as the group is working on its first studio album of all new material since 1979's "The Long Run."
For 25 years, a cramped apartment in New York served as one of the first recording studios for dozens of struggling artists, some of whom would go on to be the biggest names in folk music. Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Janis Ian were among those who made the trip from the Greenwich Village coffeehouses to an Upper West Side housing project for jam sessions worthy of a country front porch.
Lupillo Rivera, A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia Kings, Jaci Velasquez, Los Tri-O, Victor Manuelle, Alejandra Guzman, and Alexandre Pires have been added to the list of performers for this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards, to be held May 9 at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater. The show will also feature performances by Marc Anthony, Thalia, Juan Gabriel, Cristian, Olga Tanon, and Celine Dion and will air May 12 on the Telemundo network.
Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) was booked last Friday into Arizona's Mohave County Jail on felony charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. He also was charged with misconduct involving weapons while committing a felony, according to Officer John Ortolano, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Vanguard Records is preparing the compilation "Songcatcher II: The Tradition That Inspired the Movie" for a May 7 North American release. The 17-track set of traditional folk ballads mined from the label's vaults follows last year's acclaimed collection, "Songcatcher: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture."
Rapper Talib Kweli has just embarked on a self-booked U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "Kwelity." The trek, which also features fellow hip-hoppers Blackalicious and KRS-One on select dates, hits New Orleans on Thursday (April 18) and wraps May 14 in South Amboy, N.J. Kweli will be selling a mixtape at the shows, featuring previews of some of the new album's tracks.
In perhaps one of the strangest pairings in recent memory, former Van Halen frontmen David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar will hit the road together on this summer's co-headlining Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs Of Rock'N'Roll tour. The 21-date run will kick off May 29 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and last through a June 29 finale outside of Seattle.
As first reported yesterday by Billboard Bulletin, Sheryl Crow, Train, Ziggy Marley, and O.A.R. have signed on for the Jeep World Outside Festival tour, kicking off July 10 in Charlotte, N.C., and wrapping Aug. 18 in Camden, N.J.
The 12th edition of the Janus Jazz Aspen at Snowmass (JAS) festival will be held June 20-23 in Snowmass Village, Colo., with the likes of Dr. John, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock, and Earth, Wind & Fire helping kick off the JAS summer series.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has cut off a lawsuit against pop group 'N Sync brought on by puppet makers Sid and Marty Krofft. Their company sued in December 2000, seeking damages because an 'N Sync program and backstage passes featured a likeness of the puppets the Kroffts made for their "Bye Bye Bye" performance at the American Music Awards in September 2000.
Gareth Gates has now outdone Will Young, the singer that beat him to the "Pop Idol" crown on the U.K. TV series -- at least in terms of weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Gates' "Unchained Melody" has now outlasted its fellow S/BMG release "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," starting a fourth week at the top yesterday (April 14). Young's single spent three weeks there last month, and is likely to remain the bigger seller, with current sales of more than 1.5 million copies.