The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first four studio albums will be reissued Jan. 28 by EMI. Housing rare bonus material, the newly remastered versions of the group's 1984 eponymous debut, 1985's "Freaky Styley," 1987's "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan," and 1989's "Mother's Milk," will restore all original artwork from the vinyl releases and append liner notes scribed by bassist Flea.
Sharon Osbourne: heavy-metal matriarch, cancer patient, and now afternoon talk host. Telepictures Productions has clinched a deal with Osbourne, wife and manager of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and co-star of MTV's reality hit "The Osbournes," to host a syndicated daytime talk show that would debut in fall 2003, sources said.
Veteran pop-metal act Def Leppard has confirmed the first leg of a U.S. tour in support of its tenth album, "X" (Island), which recently debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200. The U.K.-based group will kick off its first Stateside tour in over three years Dec. 8 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, with confirmed dates running through a Dec. 21 engagement in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
It was like an old-time Motown revue at New York's Apollo Theatre last night (Nov. 7) as Mary Wilson, Ashford & Simpson, Mario, and others sang in tribute to the Funk Brothers, the musicians behind the hits at the legendary music label. "They're responsible for my life," said Wilson, who worked with the Funk Brothers in the 1960s as part of the Supremes and performed with them last night. "Thank you guys!"
CDs that are enhanced with extra content such as access to private Web site, unreleased music, and ticket offers make buyers more willing to purchase the album, according to a recent Billboard.com poll. 42% of 5,000 voters said such extras prove the artist is making a further committment to fans who purchase their music, while another 15% said the bonus features help offset the price of CDs.
A threat by the Teamsters to shut down this weekend's Rolling Stones concerts in San Francisco was averted when a major promoter gave the union part of the action. Bill Graham Presents announced the deal with Teamsters Local 85 Wednesday after the union picketed in front of Pac Bell Park, where the Stones will play tonight (Nov. 8) and tomorrow.
U2's new single, "Electrical Storm," will probably prove a "connecting point to our next record," guitarist the Edge tells Billboard.com. Of the track, one of two new songs on the just-released "The Best of 1990-2000," he adds, "I really think that in terms of arrangement, it's really back to guitar, bass, and drums -- the primary colors of rock'n'roll. I think that's where we're gonna take the next album."
Beloved rock duo Ween is "just about done" with its next studio album, guitarist Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo tells Billboard.com. "That doesn't mean it's going to come out for awhile," he cautions. "We didn't want to take any money from a label right now and have to deal with their involvement throughout the recording process."
2001 - Hip-hop rockers Limp Bizkit and cartoon indie-beat band Gorillaz are the big winners at the eighth annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Limp Bizkit lands a one-two punch, winning in the group and album categories for their ""Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.""