Nelly, St. Lunatics Gear Up For 'Personal' Tour

Nelly, St. Lunatics Gear Up For 'Personal' Tour

Rap superstar Nelly and his group the St. Lunatics are set to launch a 25-city Up Close & Personal tour July 10 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Venues tour will be considerably scaled down compared to those of Nelly's recent tours; the music halls and theaters on the outing will average 3,200 capacity.
Alien Ant Farm Ready Road Return

Alien Ant Farm Ready Road Return

Alt-metal act Alien Ant Farm is preparing to return to touring for the first time since a bus accident left lead singer Dryden Mitchell with serious spinal injuries more than a year ago. The North American run will kick off July 5 in Las Vegas and close Aug. 3 in Houston. A European tour with stops at England's Reading and Leeds festivals will follow.
Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Fuel, moe.down

Billboard Bits: Foo Fighters, Fuel, moe.down

The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 release in North America. International editions will be bolstered by a bonus track and are expected Oct. 7.
Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

Cash Plays First Show Since Wife's Death

Johnny Cash said it was difficult to be onstage without his wife, June Carter Cash, during his first public performance since her death. Cash made a surprise appearance Saturday night during the weekly show at the Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va., near Maces Springs -- his late wife's birthplace. She died May 15 at age 73 of complications from heart surgery.
The Fire Theft Signs With Ryko

The Fire Theft Signs With Ryko

The Fire Theft, which features three former members of Sunny Day Real Estate, has signed with Rykodisc for the release of its debut album. The as-yet-untitled set is being lined up for Sept. 23 release in North America. International editions will be bolstered by a bonus track and are expected Oct. 7.
New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

New Pornographers Get More Comfortable

The New Pornographers' lead singer/songwriter Carl Newman tells Billboard.com the indie pop/rock supergroup-of-sorts never thought past its 2000 disc "Mass Romantic" (Mint Records).
Simone Celebrated With Anthology

Simone Celebrated With Anthology

A jazz legend will be remembered and celebrated with BMG Heritage's July 1 release of "Nina Simone: Anthology." The two-disc set collects material the late artist recorded for six different labels -- Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA, CTI and Elektra -- over the course of 35 years.
Ross Appears In Court On DUI Charges

Ross Appears In Court On DUI Charges

Diana Ross told a Tucson, Ariz., municipal court judge that she felt forced into taking a breath test during a traffic stop last year. The 58-year-old pop diva and her lawyer, Stephen Paul Barnard, are seeking to have the results of several breath tests tossed out. They appeared in court yesterday (June 23) to argue their case.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks weds actor Adrian Pasdar in Las Vegas.
Evanescence, Cold Rock 'Nintendo Fusion Tour'

Evanescence, Cold Rock 'Nintendo Fusion Tour'

Evanescence, Cold and Revis will strike out together on the upcoming Nintendo Fusion Tour. The trek, which will also feature Cauterize and Finger Eleven, will boast live music as well as a host of Nintendo games.
Our Lady Peace To Hoist 'Live' Album

Our Lady Peace To Hoist 'Live' Album

Veteran Canadian rock/pop act Our Lady Peace is set to release a concert album, "Live," July 1 through Columbia Records. The band will also hit the road early next month for a two-month tour with 3 Doors Down.
Stones Toronto Show A Benefit, Not A Freebie

Stones Toronto Show A Benefit, Not A Freebie

With today's (June 24) official confirmation of a massive Rolling Stones concert in Toronto came the news that the event will not be free. The July 30 show -- which will also feature an eclectic lineup including veteran Canadian rock act Guess Who, Australian hard rock group AC/DC and U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake -- will carry the inexpensive price tag of $21.50 CAN ($16 U.S.).

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