1. Boomslang

    February 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST Since the Smiths split in 1987, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Johnny Marr has logged time in significant partnerships with Matt Johnson (aka the The) and New Order's Bernard Sumner. Since the Smiths split in 1987, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Johnny Marr has logged time in significant…

  2. The Raven

    February 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST A wildly ambitious theatrical project revolving around the words of Edgar Allan Poe, Lou Reed's The Raven often falters distressingly in this double-disc audio presentation; overall, though, the recor A wildly ambitious theatrical project revolving around the words of Edgar Allan Poe,…

  3. The All-American Rejects

    February 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST How does one consume an increasingly hip "buzz" band that's being touted for its allegedly steadfast un-hip stance? With caution, since a game of reverse psychology appears to be in-play. How does one consume an increasingly hip "buzz" band that's being touted…

  4. Let Go

    February 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST After a four-year hiatus, New York trio Nada Surf returns with its third, and arguably best, studio effort. After a four-year hiatus, New York trio Nada Surf returns with its third, and arguably best, studio effort. With Let Go, frontman Matthew Caws has matured into an astute singer…

  5. AC/DC Looking Ahead To New LP, Live Shows

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST After AC/DC fulfills its contract by delivering its next studio set to Elektra, the veteran rock act will make its subsequent two albums for Epic, guitarist Malcolm Young tells Billboard.com. The two- After AC/DC fulfills its contract by delivering its next studio set to Elektra, the veteran…

  6. Billboard Bits: Joe Jackson, Arista, The Gits

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Joe Jackson, Arista, The Gits Initial pressings of Joe Jackson's upcoming album, "Volume 4," will include a bonus six-track live disc of old favorites. Recorded in September during a brief U.K. tour with the reunited Joe Jackson Band, the disc will feature the classics …

  7. Stars Crowd Stevie Wonder Tribute

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Universal/Motown Records has set a March 18 release date for "Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs." The tribute set will feature 14 selections from Wonder's catalog re-envisioned by Universal/Motown Records has set a March 18 release date for "…

  8. Stones Show Spreads Environmental Awareness

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST It's only rock'n'roll -- with a message -- as veteran rockers the Rolling Stones turned a free concert into an effort to raise awareness about global warming. "You know something, we're all here... fo It's only rock'n'roll -- with a message -- as…

  9. Yorn Looks Ahead To New 'Day'

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST The highly anticipated follow-up to Pete Yorn's 2001 breakthrough album "Musicforthemorningafter" will be released on April 15 through Columbia. Titled "Day I Forgot," the forthcoming set was recorded The highly anticipated follow-up to Pete Yorn's 2001…

  10. Incubus Sues To Break Free From Contract

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock outfit Incubus has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break free from its contract that requires the group to make four more albums with the company's Epic Records label. Modern rock outfit Incubus has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break…

  11. U.S. Braces For Widespread Panic

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic will take to the road again this spring for a U.S. tour that will keep them east of the Mississippi. The run will kick off April 9 in Madison, Wis., and will vi Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic will take to the road again this spring for a U.S.…

  12. Fiction Plane Prepares For Takeoff

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fiction Plane frontman Joe Sumner began playing guitar when he was 10, but like many kids his age, he viewed his lessons as more of a chore than a means to a future musical career. Indeed, he might ha Fiction Plane frontman Joe Sumner began playing guitar when he was 10, but like many kids…

  13. This Day in Music

    February 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Country artist Jeff Carson is seriously injured while sledding with his wife on their property in Franklin, Tenn. While taking a solo run, he hits a tree head-on at a high speed and brea 2002 - Country artist Jeff Carson is seriously injured while sledding with his…

  14. Billboard Bits: The Fire Theft, MTV, Grammys

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on The Fire Theft, MTV, Grammys The Fire Theft, featuring former Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer William Goldsmith, is hard at work on its as-yet-untitled debut album . The group, which played its first live shows last month in Seattle and…

  15. J. Lo Remains On Top Of The Chart

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL Cool J tops Billboard's Hot 100 for a second-straight week. The cut withstands a 5-2 charge from Ja Rule's "Mesmerize," which continues to gain radio airplay Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" featuring LL…

  16. This Day in Music

    February 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>To commemorate the first anniversary of rapper Big Pun's death, a mural is painted in the Bronx section of New York by graffiti artists Tats Crew. The mural replaces one painted the year 2001 - To commemorate the first anniversary of rapper Big Pun's death,…

  17. Update: Metallica, Bizkit, Linkin Park Ready To Rock

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here last week, Metallica is set to return to the road in North America with its Summer Sanitarium tour, kicking off July 4 in a city to be announced. Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Linki As first tipped here last week, Metallica is set to return to the road in North America with…

  18. Billboard Bits: Cash Money, Linda Eder, Avalon

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Cash Money, Linda Eder, Avalon Cash Money Records sibling CEO's Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Baby" Williams will tonight (Feb. 5) launch their Cash Money for Kids program, which will supply 100 tickets to all New Orleans Hornets home basketball games to…

  19. Bon Jovi Eyes DVD, Rarities Collection

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST Guitarist Richie Sambora tells Billboard.com the veteran New Jersey group has a few fan-friendly projects in the works that should see the light of day by the end of 2004. These are exciting times for the members of Bon Jovi. In addition to beginning a stateside arena tour Saturday (Feb. 8)…

  20. Densmore Sues Over New Doors Lineup

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST John Densmore, former drummer and co-founder of the Doors, has filed a multiple-count lawsuit against surviving original band members Ray Manzarek and Robert Krieger, among others. The suit revolves a John Densmore, former drummer and co-founder of the Doors, has filed a multiple-count…

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