Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   April 9, 2002 at 4:45 AM   |   0 comments

VOTER REGISTRATION CONCERT

Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, Ruben Blades and BeBe Winans will headline a star-studded concert April 24 at the famed Apollo Theater in New York to kick off a nationwide voter registration drive by the Democratic National Committee.

"Having only 50 percent of eligible voters currently registered to vote is a trend that must change," said DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, "and today we are helping to change it."

Comedian Chris Tucker and actress Cicely Tyson will emcee the show, titled "A Night At The Apollo." Former President Clinton is also scheduled to appear.


'SPIDERMAN' SOUNDTRACK

Aerosmith does its version of the "Theme From Spider-Man" on the soundtrack of the live-action motion picture, a Columbia Records spokesperson told MTV News. The album -- which includes tracks exclusive to the soundtrack as well as previously released songs -- is due in stores April 30.

Sum41's recently recorded studio version of "What We're All About" will be the soundtrack's first single. The second single will be "Hero" by Nickelback singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger, Saliva frontman Josey Scott, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Dead Man.

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello has remixed Macy Gray's "My Nutmeg Phantasy," which originally appeared on last year's "The Id." Gray has a cameo role in "Spider-Man," which stars Kirsten Dunst and Toby Maguire. Former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman wrote the movie's main title theme as well as the track "Farewell."

Other artists featured on the soundtrack include Alien Ant Farm, Default and the Strokes.

"Spider-Man" opens nationwide May 3.


DAVID BOWIE

A veteran rocker and a relative newcomer help David Bowie on his next album, "Heathen."

Allstar News reports Pete Townshend of The Who contributes guitar to the CD's lead track, "Slow Burn." In a statement, Bowie said it was "the most eccentric and aggressive guitar I've heard Pete play, quite unlike anything else he's done recently."

The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl also plays guitar on the album, although the song he's on has not been announced.

"Heathen" is due out June 11.


SUEDE

David Bowie and the members of Suede are long-time mutual fans, and now it's reported that Suede may make its long-awaited return to the British stage at Bowie's "Meltdown" festival.

"The band have been approached and are extremely interested," NME.com quotes a Suede spokesman saying. "Suede are in the process of putting together their plans for the rest of the year as we speak."

The music festival at London's Royal Festival Hall runs June 12-30.

Suede has a new album coming out in September.


RICHARD ASHCROFT

Former Verve lead singer Richard Ashcroft is aiming for September for the release of his new, as-yet-untitled album.

He told JAM! Music that he and producer Chris Potter are currently completing work on the follow-up to his solo debut, "Alone With Everybody."

"The record is going great," Ashcroft said via telephone from London. "Things are going very well, yeah. I've got Talvin Singh playing tablas, so it can't get much better than that. Pretty cool. The record is going really well. I mean, there has been a lot of good people helping me, and it's just the best record I can possibly make at the moment."

Ashcroft said he's hopeful DJ Shadow will be able to make time in his busy schedule to dress some tracks with turntable work. The two previously collaborated on the U.N.K.L.E. album "Psyence Fiction."


GOO GOO DOLLS

The Goo Goo Doll's seventh album, "Gutterflower," hits stores Tuesday and to mark the occasion, the band will be at FYE in New York's Rockefeller Center to perform and sign autographs.

The rockers will put on a half-hour show for fans (beginning at 6 p.m. EDT) and then autograph copies of their new CD.

The first single from the album is "Here Is Gone."


JACKSON BROWNE

Jackson Brown is taking to the road. His solo, acoustic tour kicks off May 5 in Concord, N.H., RollingStone.com reports.

Tour dates:

5/5: Concord, N.H., Capitol Center

5/6: Bangor, ME, Hutchins Concert Hall

5/7: Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium

5/9: Stamford, CT, Center for the Arts

5/10: Providence, R.I., Performing Arts Center

5/11: Burlington, VT, Memorial Auditorium

5/13: Springfield, MA, Symphony Hall

5/14: Pittsburgh, Benedum Center

5/15: Easton, PA, State Theater

5/17: Rochester, N.Y., Auditorium Theater

5/18: Baltimore, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

5/19: Norfolk, VA, Harrison Opera House

5/21: Greensboro, N.C., War Memorial Auditorium

5/23: Ft. Myers, FL, Mann Auditorium

5/24: Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater

5/25: Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

5/27: Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theater

5/28: Nashville, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

5/29: Memphis, TN, Orpheum

5/31: Louisville, KY, Whitney Hall

6/1: Elmer, N.J., Appel Farm Music Festival


THE CALLING

Fans of The Calling are gearing up for the band's upcoming North American tour. They're organizing Road Trip 2002, a freewheeling bus sojourn across America, which will follow the band from city to city.

In addition, the Calling Street Team -- as the fans are collectively known -- is organizing a trio of Fan Fest events for the summer, with gatherings to be held in Mason City, Iowa, New York and Los Angeles.

The group's fans are linked up via the Internet and other means. For the band's video of its new single "Adrienne," the word went out via fan Web sites that L.A.-based fans were being invited to serve as extras in the video. Once news of the shoot hit the Web, fans from as far away as Texas and New Jersey turned up at the Los Angeles shoot earlier this month.

The Calling's debut RCA Records album "Camino Palmero" has been certified gold and is rapidly heading towards platinum. The group's first hit single, "Wherever You Will Go," was first heard when the band performed the song in the film "Coyote Ugly," and was named the official theme song of the 2001 NHL Stanley Cup.

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