1. Billboard Bits: Jackson Browne, Frampton, Dickey Betts

    May 31, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Peter Frampton, Dickey Betts Jackson Browne has been drafted as the opening act for the second leg of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' summer North American tour. Browne will join the trek beginning June 27 in Scranton, Pa., and will remain on board…

  2. Billboard Bits: Guns N' Roses, Eva Cassidy, Sawyer Brown

    May 30, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Guns N' Roses, Eva Cassidy, Sawyer Brown, Everly Brothers Guns N' Roses has begun rescheduling the summer European tour canceled due to health concerns relating to guitarist Buckethead. Merck Mercuriadis of Sanctuary Music Management tells Billboard.com that Buckethead has…

  3. Billboard Bits: Bono, Lars Ulrich, Siren Fest, and more

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bono, Lars Ulrich, Siren Fest, Victoria Williams, Mark Olson Two of rock's biggest stars have welcomed baby boys into their respective families. U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali are celebrating the birth of a son, born today (May 21) at a Dublin hospital, while Metallica…

  4. The Anglo Files

    May 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Lil Devious, Neotropic, Bran Van 3000, Ninja Tune Ministry Secure Lil Devious From Miami The fallout from this year's Winter Music Conference continues to loom large in Europe, as one of Miami's biggest tunes has been picked up by Ministry of Sound's Rulin imprint for a…

  5. Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Common, Ween

    May 15, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Pearl Jam, Bridge School, Common, Ween Although a date has yet to be announced, Pearl Jam has confirmed it is planning to appear at the 15th annual Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Calif., later this year. It will be the band's fifth appearance at the Neil Young…

  6. Billboard Bits: Hip-Hop Summit, Wotapalava, Dave Navarro

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Hip-Hop Summit, Wotapalava, Dave Navarro Rap mogul Russell Simmons is calling on hip-hop's power brokers to attend a June 12-13 summit in New York that will focus on the lyrics, content, and advertising of the music. Simmons says the event -- which will include participation from…

  7. Billboard Bits: J-Swift, Smiths, Little Steven

    May 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on J-Swift, Joe, The Smiths, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke, Little Steven Former Pharcyde producer/group member J-Swift has filed an $11 million law suit against Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp., and Touchstone Pictures for uncredited use of his track "Passin' Me By" in a…

  8. Billboard Bits: Les Claypool, Ron Sexsmith, Starsailor

    May 09, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Ron Sexsmith, and Starsailor. Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool is taking his new band, the Frog Brigade, out on the road this summer for a series of dates with ex-Grateful Dead principal Phil Lesh. The trek comes in support of the Frog Brigade&…

  9. Billboard Bits: Bush, Sony Discos, Ours

    April 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Bush, Gavin Rossdale, Sony Discos, Billboard, Ours, Powderfinger Bush is hard at work on its fourth studio album in Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy (Marilyn Manson, Dandy Warhols). As first tipped here last month, the as-yet-untitled set will mark the first fruit of the U.K.…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Tomb Raider,' David Gray, and more

    April 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on "Tomb Raider" soundtrack, David Gray, George Harrison, Goo Goo Dolls As first tipped here last month, several major artists have contributed new and unreleased material to the Elektra soundtrack to "Tomb Raider," expected to be one of this summer's biggest…

  11. Billboard Bits: Tim McGraw, Nina Persson, and more

    April 19, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Tim McGraw, Nina Persson, Echo & the Bunnymen, Republica. Tim McGraw will celebrate the release of his new Curb album, "Set the Circus Down" on Tuesday (April 24) with free performances in New York and Nashville. With his band the Dancehall Doctors, the artist will play…

  12. Billboard Bits: Beastie Boys, Trisha Yearwood, Kobe

    April 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Beastie Boys, Trisha Yearwood, Kobe Bryant, Tone, Brian McKnight Five years worth of Beastie Boys history will be chronicled in photographs in Ari Marcopoulos's forthcoming book "Pass the Mic: Beastie Boys 1991-1996." The tome, due in September from powerHouse Books,…

  13. Billboard Bits: Shyne, Midnight Oil, and more

    April 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Shyne, Sean Combs, Midnight Oil, INXS, Men At Work, Built To Spill, Phil Ek, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ian McCulloch, Ian Broudie, Lightning Seeds Sentencing for rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, a co-defendant in Sean Combs' recent nightclub shooting trial, has been…

  14. Billboard Bits: Outkast, Ben Harper, Beta Band!

    April 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Outkast, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Beta Bandy Outkast's three concerts this week in Florida will be sponsored by the Florida "truth" anti-tobacco campaign. Bandanas, T-shirts, and necklaces were designed for group principals Big Boi and Andre emblazoned with…

  15. Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Def Jam, EMusicm

    April 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Pearl Jam, Matt Cameron, Def Jam, Sisqo, Redman, Foxy Brown, and Beanie Sigel, EMusicC Pearl Jam has delayed the release of its concert VHS/DVD "Touring Band 2000" from Tuesday (April 10) to May 1. According to the band's official Web site, memory needed to be freed up…

  16. Billboard Bits: Neil Finn, Creed, AC/DC

    April 05, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Neil Finn, Eddie Vedder, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Lisa Germano, ex-Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, AC/DC, Creed, Scot Former Crowded House/Split Enz principal Neil Finn's star-studded concert tomorrow…

  17. Billboard Bits: David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Fatboy Slim

    April 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Fatboy Slim, Christopher Walken, Underworld, Darren Emerson, Scanty SandwichA David Bowie will launch an online radio station, "BowieRadio," via his BowieNet Web community on Thursday (April 5). Using RealNetworks software, the station will stream…

  18. Travis Turns 'Invisible' In June

    April 02, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Travis' long awaited third album, "The Invisible Band," has been confirmed for a June 12 release by Epic. The set will be preceded by first single "Sing," due for commercial release in the U.K. on May Travis' long awaited third album, "The Invisible Band,…

  19. Billboard Bits: Stone Gossard, Madonna, Moe Koffman

    March 29, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Pearl Jam, Stone Gossard, Matt Chamberlain, Pete Droge, Brad, Satchel, Sean Smith, Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Rocco, Moe Koffman Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard has completed what will be the first solo album from a member of the veteran Seattle rock outfit. The album, titled "Bay…

  20. Billboard Bits: Petty, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Ozzfest

    March 26, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michael Jackson, Boteach, Ozzfest, 5ive, Five Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have lined up a 13-city U.S. tour, set to kick off May 9 in Corvallis, Ore., in advance of sessions for the group's next Warner Bros. studio…

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