The career of veteran German hard rock act the Scorpions will be celebrated on "Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions," due May 28 on Hip-O. The band will also embark on a summer U.S. package tour with fellow hard rock mainstays Dio and Deep Purple beginning May 31 in Las Vegas. Four European dates are on the schedule for early July.
The surviving members of Alice In Chains have broken their silence on the passing of lead singer Layne Staley, who was found dead in his Seattle apartment this weekend with heroin-injection paraphernalia near his body. "Yesterday, we all managed to come together in Seattle; it's good to be with friends and family as we struggle to deal with this immense loss... and try to celebrate this immense life," the band said in a statement.
With "iicons," due May 7, Naughty by Nature issues its first effort since the departure of DJ/producer KayGee and a move to TVT Records. But perhaps what is most notable to the venerable rap act's remaining members, Treach and Vinnie, is that the album marks the act's 10th anniversary -- one that they seemed unlikely to celebrate as a group.
Teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow (real name: Shad Moss) will kick off a summer tour July 25 in Memphis. At deadline, 11 dates for the trek have been confirmed but more shows will be added, according to a statement from the artist's label, So So Def/Columbia. The outing has been dubbed the Scream 2 tour, as it is the follow-up to last summer's Scream trek.
Rising pop/R&B star Pink walked away from Nickelodeon's 15th annual Kids' Choice Awards with a pair of awards Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. Pink won the favorite female singer award, as well as the favorite song trophy for "Get the Party Started." She also opened the show with a performance of the hit single, and was doused with gallons of appropriately pink slime, much to the audience's delight.
Heroin paraphernalia was found with the body of Layne Staley, the singer of the grunge rock group Alice In Chains, police said yesterday (April 21). Authorities said the 34-year-old Staley lay dead in his north Seattle apartment for two weeks, his body surrounded by heroin-injection paraphernalia, before a relative discovered him.
Oasis notched its first U.K. No. 1 single in more than two years yesterday (April 22) and its sixth overall, as "The Hindu Times" (Big Brother) scored the highest debut among an all-new top three on the U.K. singles chart. Asked by BBC Radio 1 how it felt to be back on top, songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher said, "I remember it well."
As the perennially sunglassed frontman of Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter made some of the finest music of the '70s, including "All the Way From Memphis," "Honaloochie Boogie," and the David Bowie-penned "All the Young Dudes." But the band was mortally wounded when lead guitarist Mick Ralphs departed in 1973 to form Bad Company, and only issued one more album before splitting. Now, for the first time in three decades, Hunter is planning a U.K. tour with Ralphs, beginning May 7 in Bristol, England.
Garage rock duo the White Stripes, late visionary soulster Marvin Gaye, and punky glam rockers Trash Brats were the big winners at the 12th annual Detroit Music Awards, held Friday (April 19) at Detroit's State Theater.
On his Mercury debut, Steve Azar parlays his Delta roots and inspired songwriter's instincts into a potent mixture, without sacrificing his musical integrity—even though minimal pop sensibilities sneak into the mix (in order to maximize appeal at country radio, which seems to crave the poppy stuff).