1. Poll: Fans Split On Stones' Tour Plans

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones fans are divided on the band's plans to launch a 40th anniversary tour this summer. Of 2,774 voters who took part in a Billboard.com poll, 24% think that it's great that the legendary b Rolling Stones fans are divided on the band's plans to launch a 40th…

  2. Queensryche Guitarist Kelly Gray Exits

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Goth-leaning electronic musician Rhys Fulber, co-founder of Canadian industrial act Front Line Assembly, will release his first solo project under the moniker "Conjure One." Due Aug. 27 from Nettwerk, Guitarist Kelly Gray has left the Seattle-based progressive metal act Queensryche.…

  3. A.B. Quintanilla Eyes Label Deal, New Album

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A.B. Quintanilla, founder and leader of EMI Latin band A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings, has inked a deal to form a joint-venture label with the major, to be called King of Bling. Also partnered in A.B. Quintanilla, founder and leader of EMI Latin band A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings,…

  4. Strummer Powers Up For Summer Shows

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Former Clash principal Joe Strummer is gearing up for a round of international performances this summer with his band, the Mescaleros. A number of them encompass festivals, beginning June 8 at the Fle Former Clash principal Joe Strummer is gearing up for a round of international performances…

  5. CBS Plans Celine Dion, U2 Specials

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A pair of diverse international superstars -- Canadian songstress Celine Dion and Irish rock act U2 -- will star in upcoming U.S. television specials on CBS. Dion's will sneak a peek at her forthcomin A pair of diverse international superstars -- Canadian songstress Celine Dion and Irish…

  6. Beck Returns With New Album In September

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Genre-jumping troubadour Beck has wrapped work on his next Interscope album, due Sept. 24 in North America and a day earlier internationally. The set was produced by Nigel Godrich, who previously work Genre-jumping troubadour Beck has wrapped work on his next Interscope album, due Sept. 24 in…

  7. New Sigur Ros Album 'Less Polished, Sweet'

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Experimental Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros is nearing completion of its next album and eyeing a fall release, according to a post from the band on its Icelandic record label Web site. Experimental Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros is nearing completion of its next album and eyeing a fall release,…

  8. Doves Soar On Sophomore 'Broadcast'

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The hype machine that is U.K. rock journalism has proclaimed just about every new band as the next big thing at one point or another, but rare is the act that truly lives up to such billing over the l The hype machine that is U.K. rock journalism has proclaimed just about every new band as…

  9. Queens, Rage Members Get 'Dangerous'

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Queens Of The Stone Age principals Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri have teamed with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk to record the bulk of the music for the soundtrack to "The Dangerous Lives of Queens Of The Stone Age principals Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri have teamed with Rage…

  10. Billboard Bits: Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Ringo Starr, Tyrese, Patsy Cline Former Beatle Ringo Starr is hard at work on a new solo studio album, due in 2003 via Koch Records. The as-yet-untitled set is being produced by Mark Hudson (Aerosmith), who produced Starr's 1998 Mercury set "Vertical Man" and co…

  11. Petty Sets Summer U.S. Tour, Plans Album

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have set a summer tour of U.S. venues, kicking off June 27 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and running through a Sept. 1 finale in Concord, Calif. A new studio Warner Bros. stu Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have set a summer tour of U.S. venues, kicking off June 27…

  12. Sex Pistols Reuniting For July Show

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A quarter-century after they shot to infamy with the scathing anti-royal song "God Save the Queen," the Sex Pistols are reuniting in the summer of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. The legendary pu A quarter-century after they shot to infamy with the scathing anti-royal song…

  13. New Tortoise, Sea And Cake Sets On The Way

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Chicago underground rock outfits Tortoise and the Sea & Cake should both have new releases out on Thrill Jockey by fall, drummer John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We started some recording in De Chicago underground rock outfits Tortoise and the Sea & Cake should both have new…

  14. Anger Management Tour Rolls Out 30+ Dates

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners have signed on for the second Anger Management tour, kicking off July 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. Bionic Jive, Obie As first tipped here last month, Eminem, Papa Roach, Xzibit, Ludacris, and the X-Ecutioners…

  15. International Artists 'Celebrate Brooklyn'

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule for this year's event, with artists as diverse as Dr. John, Talib Kweli, Lambchop, Femi Kuti, Ely Guerra, and Yo The 24th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced a full schedule…

  16. N.J. Firefighters In Trouble For Lit Party

    May 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Too much of a good time spent with California modern rock act Lit has gotten a volunteer New Jersey firefighting squad in hot water. Too much of a good time spent with California modern rock act Lit has gotten a volunteer New Jersey firefighting squad in hot water. Earlier this week an…

  17. Cracker Hits Road; Camper Van Parks In N.Y.

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Cracker has announced new tour dates in support of "Forever," the band's fifth and most recent studio album, released in January via Virgin. Cracker has announced new tour dates in support of "Forever," the band's fifth and most recent studio album, released in…

  18. Update: Osbournes To Share Their 'Family Album'

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story first posted here earlier today, the media onslaught of Ozzy Osbourne's clan will roll on next month with the release of "The Osbournes Family Album," due June 11 via Epic. The set, a Updating a story first posted here earlier today, the media onslaught of Ozzy…

  19. Bonnaroo Fest Bolsters Lineup

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Two Grateful Dead principals and a host of hip-hop and DJ acts have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Bonnaroo festival, set for June 21-23 in Manchester, Tenn. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will be Two Grateful Dead principals and a host of hip-hop and DJ acts have been added to the lineup…

  20. Raphael Saadiq: Timing Is Finally Right For Solo Set

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Raphael Saadiq isn't stressing over how many units his Universal solo debut, "Instant Vintage," will sell following its June 11 release. Raphael Saadiq isn't stressing over how many units his Universal solo debut, "Instant Vintage," will sell following its June…

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