1. Limp Bizkit Names New Guitarist

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST After a nationwide talent search failed to yield a replacement for guitarist Wes Borland, Limp Bizkit has chosen former Snot axeman Mike Smith as his successor. Smith made his Bizkit debut last Sunday After a nationwide talent search failed to yield a replacement for guitarist Wes Borland,…

  2. Update: QOTSA Members Ready Side Projects

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and appearing on the mainstage of Lollapalooza, the group's members are readying several side projects. Amid Queens Of The Stone Age's upcoming stints opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and…

  3. Vincent Is 'One Step Ahead' With Album, Tour

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Bluegrass vocalist/mandolin player Rhonda Vincent will release her latest album, "One Step Ahead," April 29, just a few days after kicking off a four-month U.S. tour. Produced by the artist and her br Bluegrass vocalist/mandolin player Rhonda Vincent will release her latest album, …

  4. CHART BEAT BONUS

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Pink Floyd, Linkin Park, and 50 Cent. BOTH SIDES OF THE 'MOON': A casual glance at Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart this week might cause a double-take: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (Capitol) enters at No…

  5. CHART BEAT CHAT

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the influence of Indian music, the Dixie Chicks controversy, and songs covered by international artists with readers. SENSING A CONNECTION Fred, Sean Paul blasts his way toward the top of Billboard's Hot 100 with his Diwali-influenced "Get Busy." Diwali…

  6. Update: Incubus Bassist Out Of Band

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Incubus bassist Dirk Lance has left the California-based modern rock act, according to a post by singer Brandon Boyd on the band's official Web site. Incubus bassist Dirk Lance has left the California-based modern rock act, according to a post by singer Brandon Boyd on the band's…

  7. Mayer Flies With Crows For Summer Tour

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST As tipped here last month, recent Grammy winner John Mayer and the Counting Crows will link up to hit the road on a co-headlining U.S. tour this summer. As tipped here last month , recent Grammy winner John Mayer and the Counting Crows will link up to hit the road on a co-headlining U.S. tour…

  8. Artists Line Up For R.I. Nightclub Fire Benefit

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billy Gilman and Phoebe Snow are among at least 15 acts that will perform during an April 22 benefit concert for victims and survivors of the West Warwick, R.I., nightclub fire. Held at the Providence Billy Gilman and Phoebe Snow are among at least 15 acts that will perform during an April 22…

  9. Demons Are The Reason For (hed) pe's 'Blackout'

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. When (hed) Planet Earth released "Broke" in the summer of 2000, it was part of a wave of rock/rap groups. The set pulled the band ahead of the pack, led by the strength of the top-30 rock track "Bartender." After the wane of…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock during soundcheck for a concert in Bangkok. Kamin is rushed to a local hospital and is released after being treated fo 2002 - The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock…

  11. Opeth Slates Spring U.S. Tour

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Swedish progressive metal act Opeth will kick off a U.S. tour April 29 in Seattle with like-minded Italian group Lacuna Coil. The 22-date trek is slated to close May 24 in Norfolk, Va. The two bands w Swedish progressive metal act Opeth will kick off a U.S. tour April 29 in Seattle with like…

  12. ZZ Top Jumps On Board For Summer Stones Show

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Texas-based rock band ZZ Top has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones' July 16 concert at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium. The show will be a reunion of sorts, as ZZ Top previously opened three Stones sh Texas-based rock band ZZ Top has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones' July…

  13. Edwin Starr Dies In England

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Soul singer Edwin Starr died of an apparent heart attack yesterday (April 2) at his home near Nottingham, England, his manager, Lilian Kyle, confirmed. He was 61. Soul singer Edwin Starr died of an apparent heart attack yesterday (April 2) at his home near Nottingham, England, his manager,…

  14. First Performers Set For Metallica's 'MTVIcon'

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST Korn, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41, and Avril Lavigne have signed on to take part in MTV's Metallica "mtvICON" special. As previously reported, the event, to be broadcast May 6 by the music network, will find Korn, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41, and Avril Lavigne have signed on to take part in…

  15. Phish's Anastasio On The Road Again

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST As previously tipped here, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. As previously tipped here , Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is heading out for a 10-date spring tour with his nine-piece band. The outing will kick off May 26 with the…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate cancer in Gary, Ind., at the age of 74. Kinsey is the patriarch of a well-known blues family: sons Donald, Kenneth, and Ralph backed t 2001 - Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey dies of prostate…

  17. Guitarist: Leaked Radiohead Tracks Were 'Stolen'

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST As MP3 files purportedly featuring tracks from Radiohead's upcoming album "Hail to the Thief" continue to circulate online, guitarist Jonny Greenwood took to the band's official Web site today (April As MP3 files purportedly featuring tracks from Radiohead's upcoming…

  18. Gomez Gears Up For U.S. Tour

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Rootsy U.K. quintet Gomez has set a spring tour of the U.S., slated to start April 26 at the... Rootsy U.K. quintet Gomez has set a spring tour of the U.S., slated to start April 26 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. and encompass 13 dates through a May 12 gig…

  19. Blink, Simpson/Lachey, Abdul Eye MTV Shows

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Blink-182, Paula Abdul, and newlywed couple Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey are among the artists who will star in upcoming MTV reality programs. Blink-182, Paula Abdul, and newlywed couple Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey are among the artists who will star…

  20. 14ask

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Ricky Martin, Common, the Roots, and Hootie & the Blowfish. MARTIN TO BREAK 'SILENCIO' Keith, Do you have any news about a new release from Ricky Martin? Liliana Kelley Hi Liliana, Ricky Martin's forthcoming album, "…

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