During a long hiatus between albums back in the mid-80s, Def Leppard feared metal/pop crossover groups such as Bon Jovi had hijacked its core audience. In 2000, Bon Jovi returned to the airwaves with full force thanks to the single "It's My Life," a crossover Phil Collen and his bandmates are hoping to duplicate with their new Island album, "X."
2001 - For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, ""Dig In,"" by Lenny Kravitz and ""God Gave Me Everything"" by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
For 40 years, Pete Best has been known as the world's most famous sacking victim, the man dismissed by the Beatles when they were on the very cusp of becoming the most successful group of all time. There is more to the Pete Best story, though, than being the-drummer-before-Ringo: his family provided the setting and backdrop for the band's crucial formative days.
A large marble vase has been stolen from the Montgomery, Ala., gravesite of legendary country singer Hank Williams. The manager of the Hank Williams Museum, Beth Birtley, said the vase was made from Georgia marble and was engraved with the initials H.W.
Singer/songwriter Jewel has laid out plans for a second North American leg of her New Wild West solo acoustic tour. Set to kick off Nov. 7 in Portland, Maine, the tour will play 13 dates through a Nov. 24 finale in Akron, Ohio.
Illinois-based hard rock outfit Mudvayne has set a Nov. 19 release date for its new Epic album, "The End of All Things To Come." The set, produced by David Bottrill (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), will be led by the single and video "Not Falling." A fall tour is in the works in support of "End," which is the follow-up to last year's "L.D. 50" That set peaked at No. 85 on The Billboard 200.
A jury hearing Yoko Ono's case against a former assistant over her late husband's personal property watched home videos yesterday (Sept. 24) showing John Lennon frolicking with his family in his final days.
The long-simmering issue of record industry accounting practices came to a boil yesterday (Sept. 24) as artists and label executives faced off during a daylong California Senate committee hearing in Los Angeles. Artists such as Don Henley, Clint Black, Ruben Blades, and the Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson were on hand to participate.
Country star Travis Tritt and "American Idol" contestants Justin Guarini and Tamyra Gray were among those present at last night's (Sept. 24) New York launch party for the new Elvis Presley hits compilation "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" (RCA/BMG). Also on hand was the King's former wife, Priscilla Presley, his former drummer, DJ Fontana, and Broadway star Heather Headley.
Drowning Pool vocalist Dave Williams' death was due to natural causes and was not drug or alcohol related, as had been widely speculated. On Aug. 14, the 30-year-old frontman was found dead in a bunk on his tour bus.