The Rolling Stones will play a free concert with the goal of raising public awareness about global warming. Set for Feb. 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the event is being staged by the National Resources Defense Council (NDRC), with all tickets to be distributed via sweepstakes. "The Rolling Stones' commitment will help build unprecedented support for NRDC efforts to fight global warming," NRDC president John H. Adams said in a statement. "The Rolling Stones deserve a standing ovation for putting the environment on center stage."
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested yesterday (Dec. 23) for allegedly violating the terms of his parole, Los Angeles sheriff's officials said. The alleged parole violations involve his alleged association with reputed gang members, police said. Authorities learned of the possible violations after raiding the rap mogul's office and home last month.
Reverend and soul legend Al Green will get the deluxe reissue treatment in February as his first four albums -- "Green Is Blues," "Al Green Gets Next to You," "Let's Stay Together," and "I'm Still in Love With You" -- will be re-released by Hi Records/EMI Feb. 11 in digitally remastered form, with rare tracks added to the original track list of each.
Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins has signed on to write songs and produce the soundtrack for Universal Pictures' "Honey." Jerkins will also make his acting debut in the film, playing the role of record producer KMX. Directed by Bille Woodruff, the stars Jessica Alba ("Dark Angel"), Joy Bryant ("Antwone Fisher"), Mekhi Phifer, and rapper Lil' Romeo.
Joe Strummer (real name: John Mellor), former lead singer of the legendary British punk band The Clash, died yesterday (Dec. 22) at his home in Broomfield, England. He was 50. The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) quoted Clash video director Don Letts as saying the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter died of a heart attack.
The girls won yesterday (Dec. 22) at the end of a week of media hype over the race for the U.K.'s Christmas No. 1 single. The two-horse race between the male and female groups created from the ITV talent series "Popstars: The Rivals," found Girls Aloud taking the crown with "Sound of the Underground" (Polydor). The single sold 213,000 copies to finish comfortably ahead of runner up One True Voice's "Sacred Trust" (Ebul/Jive), which moved 147,000 copies.
Several bands that ruled rock radio through the 1980s will team up to launch a pair of U.S. package tours early in the New Year. The first will boast a lineup of Styx, Kansas, and John Waite, while the other will feature the Scorpions, Whitesnake, and Dokken.