News on Red Hot Chili Peppers/Weezer, Krauss & More
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer have been tapped to headline Las Vegas' centennial celebration. The show will be held July 2 on the ground of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; 50,000 free tickets will be distributed beginning April 18 via the event's official Web site.
The show will be the first of the year for the Chili Peppers, who have been at work on their next Warner Bros. studio album in recent months. Guitarist John Frusciante told Billboard.com late last year that a summer 2005 release was in the cards, but no details have yet been confirmed.
As previously reported, Collective Soul will headline the related "Road to Vegas" tour, a 10-date outing that kicks off May 27 in San Francisco. Beyond music, the tour promises interactive Vegas-themed pre-concert attractions, including gaming lounges, Elvis impersonators and showgirls.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.