1. James Taylor Strolls Down 'October Road'

    July 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Billboard Century Award winner James Taylor will release "October Road," his first album in five years, Aug. 13 via Columbia. As previously reported, first single "On the 4th of July" debuted last mon Billboard Century Award winner James Taylor will release "October…

  2. Bluesman Jimmie Lee Robinson Dies

    July 11, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility, was found dead in his car Saturday on Chicago's southwest side. He was 71. He had a single gun Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and…

  3. Billboard Bits: Grand Slam, Bo Diddley, Will Smith

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Grand Slam, Bo Diddley, Will Smith Elton John, Carlos Santana, Martina McBride, and comedian Dennis Miller are confirmed to perform at the 7th annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children benefit concert. The event, set for Sept. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, raises…

  4. Poll: Fans Split On The Who's Decision To Tour

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Fans are split on whether it was right for guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey -- the surviving members of legendary rock act the Who -- to continue with the band's touring plans in the Fans are split on whether it was right for guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger…

  5. Modern Rockers Saddle Up For 'Road Rules'

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock heavy hitters Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and Hoobastank have contributed tracks to the "MTV Road Rules -- Don't Make Me Pull This Thing Over -- Vol. 1" soundtrack. Due Aug. 6 Modern rock heavy hitters Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and…

  6. Jimmy Eat World, Promise Ring Plea For Peace

    July 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Eat World, Promise Ring, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Cave In, Cursive, Le Tigre, and Thursday are among the acts confirmed to appear at various stops on the second Plea For Peace/Take Jimmy Eat World, Promise Ring, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Cave In, Cursive, Le…

  7. Molson Brings Summer Snow, Music

    July 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Filter, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, and Default are just a few of the acts that will be taking part on various dates of the forthcoming North American Molson Snow Jam The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Filter, Jimmy Eat World, Unwritten Law, and Default are just a…

  8. Truthfully Speaking

    July 06, 2002 12:00 AM EDT By now, most everyone is very aware of this set's lead track, the very hypnotic, DJ Quik-produced "Addictive" (featuring Rakim). By now, most everyone is very aware of this set's lead track, the very hypnotic, DJ Quik-produced "Addictive" (featuring Rakim). Where…

  9. Ashanti, Tweet, Isleys Among MusicFest Acts

    July 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts featuring up-and-coming R&B stars Ashanti and Tweet, as well as such established artists as Al Green and the Isl The week-long 2002 Rochester (N.Y.) MusicFest will conclude with a pair of concerts…

  10. 27TunesOnTV

    July 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 1-7, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 1 "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist: Jack Johnson (also scheduled: Chris Rock; rebroadcast). "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,…

  11. Dirt Band Expands Unbroken Circle

    June 28, 2002 12:00 AM EDT This fall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3." The Capitol Nashville album is the latest installment in a guest-laden exploration of folk and country roots m This fall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release "Will the Circle Be…

  12. Spheeris To Bring 'Rotten' To Big Screen

    June 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Penelope Spheeris has been tapped to direct the story of Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten (real name: John Lydon) and the birth of punk rock in 1970s England. Budgeted at about $8 million, the fi Penelope Spheeris has been tapped to direct the story of Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny…

  13. Billboard Bits: Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Macy Gray, Nammys, Megadeth Macy Gray, Angelique Kidjo, the Keb Mo' Band, and G Love & Special Sauce are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for this year's annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival in Aspen, Colo. The artists will perform Aug. 30…

  14. Sting, Colvin Bolster Botti's 'Night Sessions'

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Columbia has set an Aug. 6 DVD release for trumpeter Chris Botti's "Night Sessions: Live in Concert." The DVD is drawn from a November 2001 concert at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre and features guest ap Columbia has set an Aug. 6 DVD release for trumpeter Chris Botti's …

  15. 26TunesOnTV

    June 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 24-30, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JUNE 24 "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," NBC Featured Artist: Anastacia (also scheduled: Johnny Knoxville). "The Late Show With David Letterman,"…

  16. Blue Country Heart

    June 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Jorma Kaukonen, who has been dazzling finger-picking guitar fans at least since his founding stints with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, turns in a customary album on his Columbia debut. Jorma Kaukonen, who has been dazzling finger-picking guitar fans at least since his founding stints with…

  17. 2002 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards winners

    June 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT The 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which honor the songwriters and publishers of the top ASCAP songs of the 2001 R&B/hip-hop, rap, dance and reggae charts, were held June 17 in Beverly The 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, which honor the songwriters and publishers of…

  18. Papa Roach Rewards Fans With Shows, Signings

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock outfit Papa Roach will celebrate tomorrow's (June 18) release of its sophomore album, "lovehatetragedy" (DreamWorks) with a free concert on the roof of a Los Angeles Best Buy store. The conc Hard rock outfit Papa Roach will celebrate tomorrow's (June 18) release…

  19. Thoroughly Modern Millie

    June 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Finally, a score to remind people why they loved Broadway in the first place. No gimmicks, no pretension—just toe-tapping, brassy, jazz-inflected numbers with gently wry lyrics and an optimisti Finally, a score to remind people why they loved Broadway in the first place. No gimmicks, no…

  20. Billboard Bits: Jimmy Buffett, Paul Van Dyk, & More

    June 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Jimmy Buffett, Paul Van Dyk, & More Parrotheads will have a new place to perch next year when singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett opens a branch of his Margaritaville Cafe at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Construction on the multi-level restaurant, bar…

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