Week of 03-17-03:


03/07 - Atlantic has slated a pair of simultaneous releases that will showcase performances by legendary U.K. hard rock act Led Zeppelin in its prime. The two-disc "Led Zeppelin DVD" and three-disc audio set "How the West Was Won" will be issued May 27, giving fans access to hours of both rare and well-known concert footage and recordings of the band. The releases, which span the group's entire career and are made up of entirely different material, will carry list prices of $29.98 for the DVD and $26.98 for the CD.


03/07 - The death toll in last month's deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., rose by one to 99 yesterday (March 6), when Mitchell Shubert, 39, died of his injuries. Shubert was a construction superintendent from Newberry, Fla., who had gone to Rhode Island to visit friends and family, his teenage daughter said.


03/07 - Veteran rock act Boston will embark on its first tour in six years later this summer. The trek is expected to encompass 48 dates, although so far only 17 are confirmed, beginning June 8 in Uncasville, Conn. Boston is touring in support of its recent Artemis album, "Corporate America," which debuted last November at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 106,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


03/07 - During an Asian swing on their ongoing Licks World Tour, the Rolling Stones will perform later this month for the first time in China and Thailand. The group will also stage its first performance at Budokan in Tokyo, traditionally a martial arts venue the group had hoped to play 30 years ago. That 1973 show did not happen because frontman Mick Jagger was barred entry due to a previous drug possession charge outside of Japan.


03/07 - Although Washington, D.C.-based underground rock quartet the Dismemberment Plan already announced it will split later this year, the group is planning an extensive farewell tour as well as an album of remixes created by fans. Beforehand, frontman Travis Morrison stated he will hit Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco to begin work on his solo debut with assistance from Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla.


03/07 - Although he's still deciding which track will be the first single from Limp Bizkit's upcoming album, "Bipolar," group frontman Fred Durst is already working on other material. Earlier this week, Durst was joined in a New York studio by rapper Jay-Z, who laid down lyrics for a track Durst says he may name "Rebels."


03/06 - Ozzfest organizers have announced that Canadian proto-thrash outfit Voivod, which now features ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, will join that heavy metal caravan, appearing on the second stage before headliners Cradle Of Filth. The move adds even more fuel to rumors in the metal community that Newsted will also play bass in Osbourne's band for the tour.


03/06 - Elektra Records has set an April 29 release date for "Plasma," a double live album featuring performances by Phish's Trey Anastasio and his band recorded on their summer and fall 2002 tours. The album's release will coincide with a short spring tour Anastasio has planned, for which dates have not yet been announced.


03/06 - Great White's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork outlining the band's general use of pyrotechnics, but he said all the documents specific to the show that led to a deadly nightclub fire were destroyed in the blaze.


03/06 - With remastered reissues of the Police's entire catalog arriving in stores this week on both regular and Super Audio CD formats, the next Police items to surface over the next few years will probably come in the form of a group of DVDs, according to the band's longtime manager, Miles Copeland.


03/06 - The video for the Tori Amos single "A Sorta Fairytale" will be released April 8 on DVD. The clip was directed by Sanji (Maxwell, Lauryn Hill) and co-stars actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"). The artist's first commercial DVD will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot, as well as an Amos biography.


03/06 - Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has inked a deal with Hyperion Books to publish his memoir, "Scar Tissue." Due in the fall of 2004, the tome will cover Kiedis' battles with drug addiction plus tales from his life with the Chili Peppers. Kiedis will be assisted in the writing process by Larry "Ratso" Sloman, perhaps best known for his work on Howard Stern's "Private Parts" and "Miss America."


03/06 - Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has lined up a 30-date North American tour in support of his third Warner Bros. solo set, "The Ragpicker's Dream." The outing launches June 26 in Portsmouth, Va., and wraps July 31 in Vancouver. The tour will immediately follow Knopfler's European outing, which launches March 25 at a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit in London, and will include a stop at the Montreal Jazz festival on July 4.


03/06 - Fleetwood Mac has confirmed 31 dates for its first tour since 1997, beginning May 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets begin going on sale next weekend to the general public, but members of the band's fan club will be able to get an early jump on the action. Visit Fleetwood Mac's official Web site for more information.


03/05 - Modern rock act Staind returns May 6 with its next Elektra album, "14 Shades of Grey." Like its multi-platinum 2001 predecessor, "Break the Cycle," the new set was produced by Josh Abraham. No information has yet been released about a first single or the group's touring plans.


03/05 - Indie-rock juggernaut Guided By Voices is toiling away on its 14th studio album, "Earthquake Glue," for which Matador Records' official Web site is touting an Aug. 19 release date. The site lists 14 prospective track titles -- including "Main Street Wizards," "The Best of Jill Hives," and "I'll Replace You With Machines" -- for the album, which would be the follow-up to last year's "Universal Truths and Cycles."


03/05 - Massive Attack has postponed two shows in New Zealand this weekend until March 29 (Wellington) and March 30 (Auckland). The news comes in the wake of group member Robert Del Naja's recent arrest on child pornography and drug charges. According to a statement, "the tour is going ahead as planned from [March 11] starting in Melbourne. The rest of the band's tour in Japan and Europe remains unchanged."


03/05 - British modern rock act Stereophonics will release its next album, "You Gotta Go There To Come Back," May 19 internationally via V2. The album, produced by lead singer Kelly Jones with help from Jim Lowe (Feeder, Black Crowes), will be preceded by first single "Madame Helga," due May 5 in the U.K.


03/05 - As tipped here in January, Dave Matthews Band will embark on an extensive summer North American tour, beginning June 17 in Columbus, Ohio, and lasting through a Sept. 20 finale in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale March 29-30 to the general public, although members of the band's Warehouse fan organization can enter a ticket lottery that begins Friday and closes March 17.


03/05 - Madonna has revealed the track list for her highly anticipated new Maverick album, "American Life," due in April. The 11-track set will be led by the title track, which is expected to be sent March 25 to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. The album includes the cut "Die Another Day," Madonna's soundtrack contribution to the recent James Bond film of the same name. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.


03/04 - Peter Gabriel will return to the U.S. this summer for another leg of his Growing Up tour. A tentative routing posted on the artist's official Web site kicks off June 7 in Mountain View, Calif., and runs through July 2 just outside Indianapolis. As it was for the 2002 shows, the site says a pre-sale option will be available for the new dates. June 28th is the date set here in Tinley Park, Ill. @ the Tweeter Center.


03/04 - The Mooney Suzuki, known to most for its version of "Don't Fence Me In" heard in a Nike TV commercial, will headline the upcoming Advanced Warning tour. Slated to kick off March 13 during the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas, the tour will also feature the Ravonettes, Longwave, and White Light Motorcade.


03/04 - Modern rock quartet ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead will release a four-song EP of new material April 1 via Interscope. The set, "The Secret Of Elena's Tomb," features the newly recorded tracks "Mach Schau," "All Saints Day," "Crowning of a Heart," and "Counting off the Days." April 24th is the date set here in Chicago @ the Metro.


03/04 - New York-based DJ group X-ecutioners have set an April 8 release date for their new album, "Scratchology" (Sequence), which takes a historical look at the art of the DJ with scratch-heavy cuts spanning the annals of hip-hop.


03/04 - Hard rock act TRUSTcompany will headline the 5th annual Cutty Rock the Boat tour, due to kick off March 12 in Springfield, Mo., and wrap April 18 in Baton Rouge, La. Among the bands that will support at various points on the trek are 30 Seconds To Mars, Pacifier, and Blindside. Last year's tour featured Sevendust in the headlining slot.


03/04 - MTV has made reality shows a top priority for the network's new programming schedule airing this spring and summer. In addition to several non-music shows, the network is planning two new music-based series, "TRL Presents: Duets" and the Snoop Dogg-starring "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle."


03/03 - Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.C. Sugar Ray will be on the bill for all but the first show of the jaunt, while modern rock act Maroon 5 will also support through a May 31 date in Salt Lake City. May 2nd is the date set here in Chicago @ the United Center.


03/03 - Anastacia is recovering at home from recent breast cancer surgery. In a statement, her doctor says a seven-hour Feb. 10 procedure to remove the cancer and reconstruct her breast was a success, and that early detection saved the vocalist's life.


03/03 - Female rock quartet the Donnas have been added to the mainstage lineup for the revived Lollapalooza festival, which, as previously reported, will also feature Jane's Addiction, Queens Of The Stone Age, Audioslave, Incubus, and Jurassic 5. An itinerary for the event has not yet been announced.


03/03 - Madonna has signed a deal with publisher Callaway Editions for a series of five illustrated children's books, to be distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Group (USA) and published in other English-language markets by Puffin. The first, "The English Roses," will be published and distributed worldwide in September.


03/03 - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds guitarist/backing vocalist Blixa Bargeld has left the band. The departure draws the curtain on the nearly 20-year collaboration between Cave and Bargeld. "This has been a very difficult decision for me and I have spent a great deal of time thinking about it," says Bargeld in a statement. "My leaving has nothing to do with artistic or personal differences with the band, I just feel it is time to concentrate on other creative areas in my life." Says Cave, "We have parted as friends and we will miss him dearly."


03/03 - Hank Ballard, the singer/songwriter whose hit "The Twist" ushered a nationwide dance craze in the 1960s, has died. Ballard, who was suffering from throat cancer, died yesterday at his home, friends said. Friend and caretaker Anna Ayala said Ballard's birth records indicate he was born in 1927, but biographical information lists his birthdate as 1936.

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