Billboard Bits: Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & More
News on Stuart Adamson, Robert Earl Keen, & MoreA tribute concert in memory of Stuart Adamson, the late singer/guitarist and chief songwriter of '80s rock act Big Country, will take place May 31 at Glasgow's Barrowlands, Billboard Bulletin reports. The concert will benefit two charities, one associated with alcoholism, and the other with suicide. As previously reported, Adamson committed suicide on Dec. 16 2001, after a lengthy battle with alcoholism.
The surviving members of Big Country, plus Adamson's previous band the Skids, are confirmed to perform. Other artists lined up include members of Celtic rock act Runrig, former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, Bebop Deluxe founder and former Skids producer Bill Nelson, and ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell.
Adamson had five U.K. top-40 hit singles and three top-40 albums with the Skids, plus a further four U.K. top-40 singles and seven consecutive top-40 albums with Big Country. The latter act's biggest U.S. success was in 1983 with the single "In a Big Country" and parent album "The Crossing," which reached No. 18 on the Hot 100 and No. 17 on The Billboard 200, respectively.
-- Tom Ferguson, London
Robert Earl Keen will reprise his Texas Uprising tour this summer, beginning with outdoor dates at near San Antonio (May 24), Houston (26), and Fort Worth, with shows still to be confirmed for June in Colorado, Utah, California, and the Southeast. Among the artists to perform at some or all shows are Keen, Charlie Robison, Cowboy Mouth, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Cory Morrow, Owen Temple, Eleven Hundred Springs, Rodney Hayden, Jack Ingram, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Max Stallings, Cooder Graw, Harris & Ryder, and Jason Boland.
Keen's most recent Lost Highway album, "Gravitational Forces," debuted at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart last September. The artist recently launched his own label, Rosetta Records, whose first release was Rodney Hayden's "The Real Thing."
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
An April 22 ABC television special will feature a medium who says he has contacted John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas from beyond the grave. George Anderson claims to have brought a message of comfort to Mackenzie Phillips from her father that brought her to tears. Mackenzie Phillips says her father said things she'd be hoping to hear for a long time.
Mackenzie said she forgave her father on his deathbed for contributing to her drug addiction. Mackenzie said her father taught her to roll joints at age 10 and to shoot up at age 18. Phillips died on March 18, 2001, of heart failure. He was 65.
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