The foundation created to honor slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl will mark what would have been his 39th birthday with classical, jazz, and bluegrass concerts around the world tomorrow (Oct. 10).
Pioneering synth-pop outfit Depeche Mode will release a double-disc DVD of music videos and unreleased material Nov. 26 via Warner Reprise Video. "The Videos 86>98+" accumulates 21 clips first released in 1998 on VHS and augments it with three U.S.-only videos ("Strangelove 88," "Condemnation (Paris Mix)," and "One Caress") plus three short documentaries.
Justin Guarini, the hopeful singer that U.S. television viewers got to know through the Fox series "American Idol," has taken another step toward the big time. Guarini, who was runner up to Kelly Clarkson in the televised reality talent competition series, has signed a recording contract with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller's U.K.-based 19 Recordings Limited. His as-yet-untitled and unscheduled debut solo album will be subsequently licensed to RCA for U.S. release.
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has officially joined veteran metal act Voivod, and will be producing the band's upcoming album, which will be recorded and mixed at the Plant in Sausalito, Calif., between Oct. 13 - Nov. 13.
2001 - U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
Stevie Wonder, DMX, Roberta Flack, Faith Evans, Hezekiah Walker, and Najee will perform at an Oct. 28 benefit concert in New York sponsored by the Artist Empowerment Coalition (AEC). The event will be the first in a series of concerts the AEC is planning to raise awareness about recording artists' rights. Montell Jordan, Naughty By Nature, and Scarface are also set to appear at the Beacon Theatre, with rapper Doug E. Fresh and BET TV personality Free serving as hosts.
Del The Funky Homosapien, People Under The Stairs, Motion Mat with Kutmasta Kurt, Skhoolyard featuring Planet Asia, and Lifesavas comprise the lineup for the second Cali-Comm hip-hop tour, which kicks off Friday (Oct. 11) in Los Angeles. Last year's inaugural trek featured Pharcyde, Souls Of Mischief, and Cali Agents.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based hard rock act Taproot will kick off a U.S. tour in Detroit on Oct. 15, the same date that the band's sophomore album, "Welcome," will be released by Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic.
The second leg of the Goo Goo Dolls' Gutterflower tour will kick off on Halloween and play a mix of theaters and bigger clubs as it works its way across the U.S. through the fall. Lisa Loeb will open all of the shows on the tour, which kicks off in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The current itinerary lasts through a Dec. 10 show in Los Angeles, with more dates expected to stretch the tour's end closer to Christmas.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger hasn't forgotten where he got his start, donating £100,000 ($150,000) to help youngsters at his old school. Dartford Grammar School in Kent county, southern England, said yesterday (Oct. 7) the 59-year-old singer wants the money to be used for programs that will encourage children to study music.