1. Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

    October 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has been Kiss' battle cry for nearly 40 years. Anyone making that boast can't afford to be modest, something Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly not. His public confidence seldom falters, but after selling 100 million…

  2. Dierks Bentley: Ten No. 1s 'Feels Like a Blur'

    July 31, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Looks Ahead to Next Single, 'Tip It On Back' It was September 27, 2003. Dierks Bentley was at a club in the Dallas area, getting ready for a show that night when his phone rang. His debut Capitol single, "What Was I Thinkin," had just ascended to the top of the country…

  3. Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Jordin Sparks Bring Stars & Stripes to NFL Kickoff: Watch

    September 09, 2011 3:13 PM EDT With a new NFL season beginning last night, a slew of musicians -- including Kid Rock and Bon Jovi -- were commissioned to provide entertainment prior to the opening kickoff of the Saints-Packers game. To commemorate Sunday's ten-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedies, a…

  4. Summer 2010 Free Music Guide

    June 02, 2010 8:19 AM EDT From Woody Guthrie to chamber music, summer 2010 covers all the bases. Here's Billboard's guide to free music festivals across the country, presented alphabetically by state. CALIFORNIA Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Santa Monica Throughout summer, every Thursday starting in July…

  5. Kiss Kicks Off 'Alive 35' U.S. Tour In Detroit

    September 26, 2009 11:45 AM EDT Kiss opened the U.S. portion of its Kiss Alive 35 tour by recreating its breakthrough "Alive!" album in the place it was made -- Cobo Arena in Detroit Rock City. As its done throughout the year, the group dedicated its main set on Friday to 1975's gold "Alive!,"…

  6. Glint

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Glint easily cleaned up the Independent Music World Series in New York last year; that's because this space- and psych-rock troupe, fronted by the irresistible Jase Blankfort, has an air-tight live sh Glint easily cleaned up the Independent Music World Series in New York last year; that&…

  7. Summer Season To See Surge In '80s Acts

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST This summer, get ready to travel back in time. Although there have been package tours featuring '80s artists for years, the upcoming summer concert season marks a notable increase. This summer, get ready to travel back in time. Although there have been package tours featuring '80s…

  8. Billboard Bits: Fuji Rock, Willie Nelson, Cinderella

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Fuji Rock, Willie Nelson, Cinderella Sigur Ros, Mercury Rev, the Pogues, the reunited Dinosaur Jr. and Fatboy Slim are among the first acts to sign on for Japan's annual Fuji Rock Festival. The event will be held July 29-31 at the Naeba Ski Resort about 2 hours outside Tokyo.…

  9. VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped

    February 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" consists of 15 hit metal ballads from the '80s that helped break mainstream radio barriers for such bands as Warrant ("I Saw Red") and Slaughter ("Fly to the Angels "VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped" consists of 15…

  10. '80s Rock Never Stops On Tour

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Pop metal bands that ruled the airwaves during the 1980s are teaming up for the 2003 version of the Rock Never Stops tour. Headlined by the David Coverdale-led Whitesnake, the 27-date North American t Pop metal bands that ruled the airwaves during the 1980s are teaming up for the 2003 version…

  11. Billboard Bits: 'Two Cops,' Ice Cube, Gabriel & More

    September 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Two Cops,' Ice Cube, Rocktoberfest, Peter Gabriel Outkast's Dre and fellow rapper Kurupt have joined the cast of "Two Cops," Billboard.com has learned. The movie, starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, is about two police officers investigating hip-hop…

  12. Beenie Man 'Storms' Out On The Road

    September 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Dancehall star Beenie Man is gearing up for an October North American tour in support of his second Virgin album "Tropical Storm." The run will kick off Oct. 1 in Providence, R.I., and currently has 2 Dancehall star Beenie Man is gearing up for an October North American tour in…

  13. Founding Ratt Guitarist Dead Of AIDS

    June 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbed to AIDS yesterday (June 6) after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band's best-known songs, was 42. Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbed to AIDS yesterday (June 6) after an eight…

  14. Dokken, Ratt, Warrant Prepare To 'Rock'

    May 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT With Tesla and Poison already anchoring a pair of summer tours, fans of '80s hair metal will now have yet another package to choose from. Dokken, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse and L.A. Guns will bottle the With Tesla and Poison already anchoring a pair of summer tours, fans of '80s hair…

  15. 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…

  16. Boxing Thirty Years Of Kiss

    November 27, 2001 12:00 AM EST It's not like the tongue-wagging, fire-breathing Gene Simmons to be squeamish. But the Kiss bassman admits that the band's long-desired boxed-set retrospective has been delayed over the years because It's not like the tongue-wagging, fire-breathing Gene Simmons to be squeamish.…

  17. Billboard Bits: MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on MTV Europe, Manny Albam, Les Savy Fav Australian pop songstress/current U.K. chart queen Kylie Minogue and modern rockers R.E.M. are the latest artists signed to perform live at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 8 in Frankfurt, Germany. Minogue and R.E.M.,…

  18. Kiss Kollected For 4 Disc Box Set

    August 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Kiss fans now have more to look forward to than the announcement of what are expected to be the band's final live shows ever. On Nov. 6, Mercury will release an 80-track, four-disc box set spanning th Kiss fans now have more to look forward to than the announcement of what are expected…