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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Feb. 18, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

'LOVE ROCKS'

The stars were out in Hollywood last Thursday night for a combination concert and fund-raiser that was a valentine to U2 lead singer Bono, MTV News reports.

The rocker was honored at the inaugural "Love Rocks" concert, held at the new Kodak Theater. Bono was presented with the Heart of Entertainment Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) for his humanitarian work promoting debt relief and AIDS awareness in the Third World, and for his work with Amnesty International, Greenpeace International and other organizations. The gala raised funds for cardiovascular research.

The concert included performances by R.E.M., Cher, No Doubt and Lauryn Hill. Former President Bill Clinton and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger praised Bono via videotape.

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Evan and Jaron, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and Quincy Jones, were among the stars in attendance.


KID ROCK

Kid Rock showed his country leanings and his admiration for Hank Williams Jr. when the two appeared together on "CMT Crossroads" Sunday night. The show pairs country stars with kindred artists from other musical genres. The hour-long episode featuring Williams and Kid Rock was the second installment in the monthly series, country.com reports.

"I hope to be able to sing as good as this guy one day and play as good as him," Kid Rock told host Greg Martin, patting Williams' shoulder. "I'm trying. I got the best teacher out there. The (country) influence will always be in my music, but am I going to go country? I think I was born country."

Williams called Kid Rock by his real name, Bobby, and he spoke of him as his "rebel son."

The show included nine full or partial musical performances with the stars collaborating on Kid Rocks' "Cowboy," Hank Ballard's classic R&B hit "Finger Poppin' Time" and several songs from Williams' repertoire. The country legend's longtime backup group, The Bama Band, provided musical support.


JENNIFER LOPEZ

VH1 takes a look at Jennifer Lopez's early years in the latest episode of its new series "Breakout." "Driven: Jennifer Lopez," which premieres Tuesday (at 9 p.m. ET/PT), features exclusive, rare and never-before-seen footage and photos as well as new interviews with friends, family and colleagues.


GEORGE MICHAEL

George Michael was the victim of a home invasion last week.

BBC News reports thieves ransacked the pop singer's West London mansion, stealing thousands of dollars worth of items as well as his Aston Martin DB7 car. A Scotland Yard spokesman said police were called to the home last Wednesday morning. He added that no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

Michael's new single, "Freeek," is due out March 18, and a new album could be released in October.


INCUBUS

Incubus will drive Honda's 2002 Civic Tour. The road trip kicks off April 11 in Portland, Oregon, and will travel to 50 cities across the United States and Canada. Fans will have a chance to win a Honda Civic Si designed and autographed by the members of Incubus.

"The band is really excited to be involved with Honda and the Civic Tour because it gives us a chance to play much bigger venues at a ticket price that we think is very reasonable," said Dirk Lance of Incubus. "On top of that, we're able to offer our fans the chance to win a new Civic Si that's been customized by the band at a price that seems about as good as you can get! God knows it's a better version of the Hondas that we first owned."

Dates for the "Civic Tour Presents Incubus Morning View":

April 11 -- Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum

April 12 -- Seattle, WA Key Arena

April 14 -- San Jose, CA Event Center

April 15 -- Sacramento, CA Arco Arena

April 16 -- San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

April 18 -- Los Angeles, CA Forum

April 19 -- TBA

April 20 -- San Diego, CA Cox Arena

April 21 -- Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay

April 23 -- Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum

April 24 -- Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum

April 25 -- Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium

April 27 -- Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center

April 28 -- Peoria, IL Civic Center Arena

April 29 -- Ft. Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum

May 1 -- Birmingham, AL Boutwell Auditorium

May 3 -- TBA

May 4 -- TBA

May 5 -- TBA

May 7 -- Lexington, KY Rupp Arena

May 9 -- Roanoke, VA Civic Center Arena

May 10 -- Washington, DC Patriot Center

May 11 -- Philadelphia, PA Spectrum

May 13 -- Worcester, MA Centrum

May 14 -- TBA

May 15 -- Wilkes-Barre 1st Union Center

May 24 -- Minneapolis, MN TBD

May 25 -- Milwaukee, WI TBD

May 26 -- Detroit, MI TBD

May 27 -- Indianapolis, IN TBD

May 29 -- Chicago, IL Rosemont Allstate

May 31 -- Grand Rapids, MN Van Andel Arena

June 1 -- Toronto, Canada Copps Coliseum

June 3 -- Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena

June 4 -- Cleveland, OH Convocation Center

June 5 -- Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

June 11 -- Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic

June 12 -- TBA

June 13 -- TBA

June 15 -- TBA

June 21 -- New York, NY Madison Square Garden

June 23 -- Richmond, VA Coliseum

June 24 -- Raleigh, NC Entertainment & Sports

June 25 -- Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena

June 27 -- Jacksonville, FL Coliseum

June 28 -- Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse

June 29 -- Pensacola, FL Civic Center

July 1 -- New Orleans, LA UNO

July 2 -- Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

July 3 -- San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum


USHER

After an injury forced him off the road last November, R&B singer Usher will make good with a North American tour this spring. Billboard.com reports that his Evolution tour kicks off April 25 in Denver following a series of European dates and closes July 7 in New Orleans.

The singer dislocated his shoulder while rehearsing for the original tour -- which was planned in support of his latest album "8701" -- and required surgery and three months of recuperation.

"I had to postpone my tour because of my shoulder surgery, but now that my arm is healed, I'm ready to get out there and interact with my fans," Usher said in a statement. "Nothing compares to that excitement and energy. This is one tour you don't want to miss."

Tour dates:

Feb. 21: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)

Feb. 22: Paris (Le Zenith)

Feb. 24: Dusseldorf, Germany (Philipshalle)

Feb. 25: Frankfurt (Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst)

Feb. 27: Boblingen, Germany (Sporthalle)

Feb. 28: Winterthur, Switzerland (Eulachhalle Winterthur)

March 1: Munich (Colosseum)

March 3: Berlin (Arena)

March 4: Hamburg (Congress Centrum)

March 5: Bremen, Germany (Stadthalle Bremen)

March 7: Stockholm (Annex)

March 8: Copenhagen (Falkoner Theatre)

March 9: Cologne (Cologne Arena)

March 11: London (Wembley Arena)

March 12: Birmingham, England (NEC Arena)

March 13: Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena)

April 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)

April 26: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)

April 27: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)

April 28: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)

May 2: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)

May 3: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

May 4: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)

May 5: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion @ Concord)

May 8: Calgary, Alberta (Pengrowth Saddledome)

May 10: Vancouver (General Motors Place)

May 11: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)

May 12: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)

May 16: Minneapolis (Target Center)

May 17: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)

May 18: St. Louis, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheater)

May 19: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)

May 23: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater)

May 24: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)

May 25: Detroit (Pine Knob Music Center)

May 26: Cleveland (Gund Arena)

May 30: Antioch, Tenn. (AmSouth Amphitheatre)

May 31: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)

June 1: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)

June 2: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre)

June 6: Miami (American Airlines Arena)

June 7: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)

June 8: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)

June 9: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Centre)

June 13: Holmdel, N.J. (P.N.C. Bank Arts Center)

June 14: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach Amphitheatre)

June 15: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)

June 16: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)

June 20: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)

June 21: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)

June 22: Hartford, Conn. (Meadows Amphitheater)

June 23: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)

June 27: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireles Amphitheater)

June 28: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Stadium)

June 29: Washington, D.C. (Nissan Pavilion)

June 30: Pittsburgh (Post Gazette Pavilion)

July 4: San Antonio, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)

July 5: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)

July 6: Houston (Compaq Center)

July 7: New Orleans (Louisiana Superdome)

"8701" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 last August and was certified triple-platinum last month. The single "U Remind Me" has earned Usher a Grammy nomination for best male R&B vocal performance.


NAUGHTY BY NATURE

Eleven years after the release of Naughty by Nature's self-titled debut, which spawned the monster hit single "O.P.P.," the rap outfit has a new album due out. "Iicons" will hit stores April 23, RollingStone.com reports. It features vocals by Pink, Queen Latifah, Method Man, Redman, Carl Thomas -- and even a Peter Gabriel sample.

"Iicons" is Naughty's first album since 1999's "19 Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury," after which, according to frontman Treach, "the DJ quit, we got dropped off the label (Arista), I went through a divorce and my best friend got murdered. ... Basically Naughty was at the worst time mentally and professionally and (we) reconstructed. We're too old to be new school and too new to be old school, so we basically didn't have a home. Not really knowing where we fit in, a lot of labels didn't want to sign us 'cause they looked at us like has-beens, so, just fighting that, I think we made the best album we've ever made."


ATOMIC KITTEN

The British pop group Atomic Kitten has signed a six-figure, one-year contract to promote Color Trend, an Avon make-up brand for teenagers. "We are really excited to be associated with a prestigious make-up brand," the band said in a statement.

The trio has been nominated in two categories of the upcoming Brit Awards -- Best British Newcomer and Best British Single for "Whole Again," which was No. 1 in Britain for four weeks and has sold almost two million copies.

(Thanks to UPI's Mike Cooper)

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