1. Co-Writers Help Vassar Deliver 'American Child'

    August 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "It's hard to write a sad song right now," Phil Vassar admits of his life these days. "It's pretty incredible." Indeed, Vassar has a lot to smile about. His eponymous debut CD, released in 2000, was certified gold by…

  2. Billboard Bits: Vanguard Folk, Motorhead, Sense Field

    July 31, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Vanguard Folk, Motorhead, Sense Field Heralded folk label Vanguard has assembled a three-disc compilation that traces the growth of the genre, from its roots in protest songs of the Depression and through the popular revival of folk, jug band, and blues music. Due Aug. 13, "…

  3. Stewart Rifles Through Standards For J Debut

    July 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15 release for his label debut. Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15…

  4. The Queen's Golden Jubilee 2002: Party at the Palace

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT This keepsake CD recording of the much-touted concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne should be an essential collectible. This keepsake CD recording of the much-touted concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty…

  5. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Eminem and daughter Hailie Jade, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. PAUL AND ART: It's been more than 20 years since a Simon & Garfunkel album has debuted on The Billboard 200. "Live From New York City, 1967" (Legacy…

  6. A New Double Shot Of Live Dead

    July 23, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Nearly seven years since death of guitarist Jerry Garcia and the demise of the Grateful Dead, the band's substantial performance legacy continues to be solidified with a seemingly endless array of off Nearly seven years since death of guitarist Jerry Garcia and the demise of the Grateful…

  7. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Elvis Presley vs JXL, Nelly, and Celine Dion. ON-AIR CONVERSATION: There's been a lot of discussion in "Chart Beat" about the lack of airplay for Elvis Presley vs JXL's "A Little Less Conversation" (RCA), which has kept the nation's…

  8. Former Dead Principals Prep For Reunion

    July 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh tells Billboard.com he's "stoked to the eyeballs" about the nearing Terrapin Station, his first full-fledged reunion with his former bandmates since Dead vocalis Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh tells Billboard.com he's "…

  9. Widespread Panic Notches Five Jammy Nods

    July 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations, Widespread Panic leads the field for the third annual Jammy Awards, including nods in the live performance and live album of the year categories. The event, which recognizes "mu With five nominations, Widespread Panic leads the field for the third annual Jammy…

  10. 29TunesOnTV

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 15-21, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 15 "2002 WNBA All-Star Game," ESPN Featured Artists: Brian McKnight (performing the National Anthem), Ashanti (halftime performance; live from the MCI…

  11. 'Hey, Ho, Let's Go': More Ramones Reissues

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The second volley of expanded and remastered albums by New York punk icons the Ramones will see the light of day Aug. 20 via Rhino. This set consists of four albums originally released via Sire: 1980' The second volley of expanded and remastered albums by New York punk icons the Ramones…

  12. CHART BEAT BONUS

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chart-based stories on Aerosmith, Nelly, Ashanti, Nickelback, Elvis Presley vs. JXL, Gareth Gates, and Celine Dion. DREAM ON AND ON AND ON: It's been at least seven months since a collection of Aerosmith's greatest hits has been released, so it must be time for a new one. Voila: …

  13. Phil Collins Returns To 'Testify'

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo album in six years, "Testify," due Nov. 12 from Atlantic. "Testify" marks the first release of new Collins music since the 1999 Adult contemporary titan Phil Collins has wrapped his first all-new solo…

  14. 28TunesOnTV

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 8-14. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 8 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Dolly Parton (also scheduled: Tom Hanks). "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured…

  15. Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo, 'Like Mike,' 'Fame Academy'

    July 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Bonnaroo, 'Like Mike,' 'Fame Academy' The Bonnaroo Festival, which debuted June 21-23 in Manchester, Tenn., will be reprised next year, according to promoters Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment. The inaugural event attracted 75,000 fans and grossed close…

  16. Dead's Early England Voyage Documented

    July 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT After the Grateful Dead stormed foreign shores in the early 1970s, the band released the three-album set "Europe '72" (Warner Bros.) as a document of its longest trip abroad to that point. Thirty year After the Grateful Dead stormed foreign shores in the early 1970s, the band…

  17. Dead Reunion Concerts Back On

    July 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Grateful Dead will live again, as Wisconsin's Walworth County board voted 5-0 Friday to allow the band to hold a reunion concert Aug. 3-4. Billed as "Terrapin Station -- A Grateful Dead Family Reu The Grateful Dead will live again, as Wisconsin's Walworth County board voted…

  18. Golden Jubilee Live Album Heads Overseas

    June 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Virgin has set a July 2 North American release date for "Party at the Palace," a 21-track souvenir from the recent Golden Jubilee concerts at London's Buckingham Palace. Virgin has set a July 2 North American release date for "Party at the Palace," a 21-track souvenir…

  19. Billboard Bits: Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth Macy Gray, Angelique Kidjo, the Keb Mo' Band, and G Love & Special Sauce are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this year's annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in Aspen, Colo. The artists will perform Aug. 30…

  20. Blue Man Group Gets 'Complex'

    June 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Performance art troupe Blue Man Group is plunging headfirst into the rock world for its upcoming stint on the Area2 tour, scaling back its theatrics and putting more emphasis on the musical aspect of Performance art troupe Blue Man Group is plunging headfirst into the rock world for its…

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