1. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Rocking 'Fang'

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing at the Matador Records offices in lower Manhattan. "We just wanted to make a more traditional record. And, personally, I was looking f "It was kind of a challenge for us," Jon Spencer offers, relaxing…

  2. INXS Perseveres For Summer Tour

    March 04, 2002 12:00 AM EST INXS is lining up its first North American tour since original lead singer Michael Hutchence's 1997 suicide. The 40-city tour will begin May 30 in Anaheim, Calif., with vocalist Jon Stevens filling Hu INXS is lining up its first North American tour since original lead singer Michael…

  3. Counting Crows Sign On For Who Trek

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Counting Crows have signed on to open at least two dates on the Who's summer U.S. tour, with a July 3 show outside San Francisco and a July 4 gig in Marysville, Calif., confirmed so far. Counting Crows have signed on to open at least two dates on the Who's summer U.S. tour, with a…

  4. Marsalis Leads Playboy Jazz Lineup

    March 01, 2002 12:00 AM EST Wynton Marsalis leads the star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to be held June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. On the first day of the event, Marsalis will perfor Wynton Marsalis leads the star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, to…

  5. Beck Re-Teams With Producer Godrich

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon with producer Nigel Godrich to work on his long-awaited new album. Recording will follow the rapid, informal pace Godric Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon…

  6. Fender Recovering, Celebrating First Solo Grammy

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Last night's (Feb. 27) Grammy Awards netted legendary musician Freddy Fender the best Latin pop album honor for his Back Porch/Virgin release "La Musica De Baldemar Huerta." The trophy is the first so Last night's (Feb. 27) Grammy Awards netted legendary musician Freddy…

  7. Grammy Bits: 'O Brother,' Elliott, Linkin Park, TMBG

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Hollywood Reporter's Daryl Morden reports from backstage at last night's 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter's Daryl Morden reports from backstage at last night's 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles : Taking home the nonclassical…

  8. McCartney Extends North American Tour Plans

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST As first reported here this week, Paul McCartney will kick off his first major tour since 1993 on April 1 in Oakland, Calif. The Driving USA tour, which was originally only scheduled to encompass 12 d As first reported here this week, Paul McCartney will kick off his first major tour since…

  9. Aaliyah Crash Families File Suits

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST Relatives of two hair stylists who died in the plane crash that also killed singer/actress Aaliyah have sued her record company for hiring a "fly-by-night" charter aircraft company. The families of Er Relatives of two hair stylists who died in the plane crash that also killed singer…

  10. Cherokee Shows Her 'Soul'

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST It seems fitting that Brooklyn, N.Y.-born, Los Angeles-based Cherokee would find her musical home in Philadelphia. Her debut album, 1999's "I Love You ... Me" on Trip/RCA, was an organically soulful a It seems fitting that Brooklyn, N.Y.-born, Los Angeles-based Cherokee would…

  11. 'O Brother,' Bluegrass Sweep Grammys

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock veterans U2 snagged their fair share of honors, but as many as six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious album of the year statuette, originated from the R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock veterans U2 snagged their fair share of honors,…

  12. Billboard Bits: 'United,' Lo Fi Allstars, Baez, Liars

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on 'United,' Lo Fi Allstars, Baez, Liars India.Arie, Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker, Mya, Master P, Lil' Romeo, Keb' Mo', and Bob Marley's wife Rita, as well as actors Christina Applegate and Carmen Electra, will hit a Los Angeles recording…

  13. Korn Returns In May With 'Untouchables'

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Hard rock outfit Korn will release its fifth Immortal/Epic album, "Untouchables," on May 14, with first single "Here to Stay" due to hit radio in the coming weeks. Produced by Michael Beinhorn (Aerosm Hard rock outfit Korn will release its fifth Immortal/Epic album, "…

  14. Collaborations, Guests Highlight RAC Benefits

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Intriguing collaborations and surprise guest appearances highlighted the Recording Artist Coalition (RAC) benefit concerts last night (Feb. 26) in and around Los Angeles. The four Grammy-week shows ra Intriguing collaborations and surprise guest appearances highlighted the Recording Artist…

  15. Old 97s' Miller Looks To Ex-Grays For Solo Debut

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller is recording tracks in Los Angeles for his solo debut, with former Grays principal Jon Brion producing and that group's drummer, Dan McCarroll, lending a hand on some tra Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller is recording tracks in Los Angeles for his solo debut,…

  16. Britney Summer Tour Bows In Vegas

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears will launch a summer arena tour over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, where she filmed her HBO special last November, according to her official Web site. The jaunt is currently schedu Britney Spears will launch a summer arena tour over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, where…

  17. Bob Dylan To Star In 'Masked' Film

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in Intermedia Films' tentatively titled "Masked & Anonymous," the big-screen directorial debut of television writer/direct Taking on his first acting role in 15 years, Bob Dylan has signed to star in…

  18. Furtado, Blige, Franklin Added To Grammys

    February 27, 2002 12:00 AM EST With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still being confirmed for the big show tonight (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin will join U2 onst With the 44th annual Grammy Awards just hours away, performers and presenters are still…

  19. Beck Preps For Benefit With Low-Key Warm-Ups

    February 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Beck played the second of two warm-up gigs Sunday night at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, in preparation for his acoustic performance tonight (Feb. 26) at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre, as part of the Beck played the second of two warm-up gigs Sunday night at the Knitting Factory in Los…

  20. Eagles Album Prompts $10 Million Songwriters Suit

    February 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST Songwriters Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin, and J.D. Souther have sued Warner Chappell Music Inc. for more than $10 million, claiming they were underpaid for their contributions to one of the Eagles' m Songwriters Jackson Browne, Jack Tempchin, and J.D. Souther have sued Warner Chappell…

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