Underground rock outfit Get Up Kids will hit the road for an extensive summer tour, beginning May 24 in Houston, and winding down July 16 in the group's Kansas City, Mo., hometown. The trek comes on the heels of the album "On a Wire," due May 14 from Vagrant. Labelmates Hot Rod Circuit will support on all dates, while indie rock elder statesmen Superchunk join the bill from June 25 on.
The creators of the acclaimed multi-media project "1 Giant Leap" will preview its DVD component at screenings tonight (May 2) in San Francisco and next week in Los Angeles and Toronto. Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto spent six months traveling around the world recording music that wound up on the "1 Giant Leap" audio CD, and later combined visuals from the trip with wide-ranging interviews to create the accompanying film. The DVD is due in August in North America and a month later internationally via Palm Pictures.
An Internet auction of a Merle Haggard cassette has been halted after the country music veteran won a court order claiming the tape was stolen from his tour bus. Kathy Schroeder of Fredericksburg, Texas, a concert promoter and bed-and-breakfast operator, had offered the cassette on eBay for $325,000, according to The Dallas Morning News. Information about the tape was removed from the auction yesterday (May 1).
Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which moved a hardy 235,000 copies in its first week of release, according to SoundScan. Chesney's career best sales week also leads to the end of Ashanti's three-week reign with her self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam debut, which slides to No. 2 on the chart. "No Shirt," which leads a charge of four new top-20 Billboard 200 debuts, also lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally.
As tipped here last summer, Simon & Garfunkel will soon be the subject of the first live album recorded during its heyday. "Live From New York City 1967," due in July from Columbia/Legacy, documents a Jan. 22, 1967, performance at the city's famed Lincoln Center that found Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in a completely acoustic setting.
The fifth volume in the BMG/Warner Bros. "Totally Hits" compilation series will consist of tracks from the likes of Alicia Keys, Pink, P.O.D., Outkast, Default, and more. Due June 4, "Totally Hits 2002" pulls together 20 tracks, most of which have appeared in the upper echelon of Billboard's charts.
Pop ingenue Vanessa Carlton is only 21 years old and she is already working on her second career. Her first, as a ballerina, began at 14 when she was accepted into the School of American Ballet. While that ended on a sour note, her new career as a fledgling pop star couldn't be better. Her debut single, the top-10 "A Thousand Miles" from the A&M album "Be Not Nobody," released April 30, has been openly embraced by radio and MTV.
Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time, teaming with writer/director Bryan Michael Stoller on a big-screen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book "They Cage the Animals at Night" for Icon Productions. The book is the true story of the author's account of being left at an orphanage and bouncing around from one foster home to another.
Veteran rocker Joan Jett has recorded a cover of the Beatles' "The Word" for a new compilation that benefits breast cancer charities. The song is a bonus on the otherwise 13-track "It's About Eve (Music for the Cure)" album, which is made up of songs by female independent artists such as Lava Baby and Julia Greenberg. The set will be released June 13 via Fore Reel Entertainment.
Veteran reggae artist and ska pioneer Toots & the Maytals, whose "Pressure Drop" has been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, will headline the One Love Festival, a U.S. reggae tour that will hit venues in 22 cities. Jamaican superstar Luciano and his 13-piece Jah Messenjah Band will also appear on the full circuit, due to launch May 24 in San Francisco and wrap June 16 in Atlanta.
No injuries were reported in a car accident that Creed frontman Scott Stapp cited as the reason for the chart-topping rock band canceling its tour, according to a police report released yesterday (April 30). As previously reported, the band announced it was canceling the second leg of its North American tour so Stapp could recover from injuries he suffered during the accident.