Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  April 17, 2002 at 6:25 AM
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It's official: former Van Halen frontmen David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are teaming up to co-headline the "Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs Of Rock'N'Roll" tour. The 21-date road trip will kick off May 29 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and run through a June 29 finale outside of Seattle, reports.

The trek will follow a series of May headlining dates Hagar has lined up with his band, the Waboritas. Those shows kick off with a May 5-7 stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Also on Hagar's calendar is his annual weekend "Meltdown" festival at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Outside of his tour with Hagar, Roth's only other scheduled appearance is a May 3 performance at Atlanta's annual Music Midtown Festival.

After more than a decade with Van Halen, Roth exited the fold after a falling out with the other members. In 1985, Hagar -- former lead singer of the band Montrose and a successful solo artist -- joined Van Halen. He departed in 1996, to be replaced by former Extreme singer Gary Cherone, who stuck around only long enough to record 1998's disappointing "Van Halen III."

Tour dates:

May 29: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)

May 31: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)

June 1: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)

June 2: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)

June 4: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)

June 6: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)

June 7: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)

June 8: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley)

June 10: Peoria, Ill. (Peoria Civic Center)

June 11: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)

June 14: San Antonio, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

June 15: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Centre)

June 16: Houston (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)

June 18: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)

June 19: Denver (Fiddler's Green)

June 21: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)

June 22: Devore, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion)

June 24: Hollywood, Calif. (Universal Amphitheatre)

June 25: Fresno, Calif. (Selland Arena)

June 27: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)

June 29: George, Wash. (the Gorge)


Sheryl Crow and Train will headline the latest package tour -- the Jeep World Outside Festival -- that will blend music and adventure sports such as mountain biking, skiing and rock climbing. The 23-date tour, which begins in Charlotte, N.C., July 10, will also include several opening acts on the bill, including O.A.R. and others yet-to-be announced, according to Allstar News.

Tour dates:

July 10: Charlotte, N.C., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 11: Atlanta, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre

July 12: Raleigh, N.C., Alltell Pavilion @ Walnut Creek

July 13: Washington, D.C., Merriweather Post

July 17: Houston, Woodlands Pavilion

July 18: Dallas, Smirnoff Music Centre

July 20: Denver, Winter Park Resort

July 21: Albuquerque, N.M., Journal Pavilion

July 25: San Diego, Coors Amphitheatre

July 26: Phoenix, Ariz., Cricket Pavilion

July 27: Los Angeles, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 28: San Francisco, Shoreline Amphitheatre

Aug. 1: Concord, Calif., Chronicle Pavilion

Aug. 3: Seattle, The Gorge

Aug. 7: St. Louis, UMB Bank Pavilion

Aug. 8: Indianapolis, Verizon Wireless Music Center

Aug. 9: Pittsburgh, Post-Gazette Pavilion

Aug. 10: Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theatre

Aug. 11: Chicago, Tweeter Center

Aug. 14: New York, Jones Beach Amphitheatre

Aug. 15: Virginia Beach, Va., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug. 17: Boston, Tweeter Center

Aug. 18: Philadelphia, Tweeter Center @ The Waterfront


Tommy Lee is scheduled to hit the road in support of his new album, "Never A Dull Moment." It's his second post-Motley Crue album following 1999's self-titled debut by the now defunct Methods of Mayhem.

The tour kicks off May 24 in Denver, an MCA spokesperson told MTV News, and runs through July 20 in Anaheim, Calif., hitting 36 cities in all.

Tour dates:

May 24: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

May 25: Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove

May 26: Clinton, IA @ Pigstock

May 28: Little Rock, AR @ Nitelife Rocks

May 29: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom

May 31: Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live

June 1: Austin, TX @ Stubb's Barbeque

June 3: San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station

June 4: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

June 6: Miami, FL @ Billboard Live

June 7: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

June 8: Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnace

June 9: Atlanta, GA @ Earthlink Live (Center Stage)

June 11: N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

June 13: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

June 14: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

June 15: New York, NY @ The World

June 19: Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre

June 22: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

June 24: Vancouver, BC @ The Rage

June 27-28: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

June 29: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

June 30: San Diego, CA @ Canes

July 3: De Kalb, IL @ Otto's

July 4: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

July 5: Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club

July 8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

July 10: Sauget, IL @ Pop's

July 11: Columbia, MO @ Blue Note

July 12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

July 13: Lubbock, TX @ The Pavilion at W. Texas Canyon Amphitheatre

July 15: Corpus Christi, TX @ Party on the Patio

July 16: McAllen, TX @ Villa Real Convention Center

July 18: El Paso, TX @ Club 101

July 19: Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House

July 20: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues


M2M hits the beach this week for a very special appearance on the WB series "Dawson's Creek." Marion Raven, 17, and Marit Larsen, 18, will perform three songs -- their current single, "Everything," as well as "Don't" and "Miss Popular -- at a spring break beach party attended by the Dawson's Creek gang. The episode -- the series' 100th -- airs Wednesday (at 8 p.m. ET).

Marit and Marion will spend their summer performing across North America as Jewel's opening act. The road trip -- which begins June 14 in Tampa -- comes in support of "The Big Room" (on Atlantic Records), the duo's follow-up to their 2000 debut "Shades of Purple."

Tour dates:

June 14: Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

June 15: Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Broward Center For The Performing Arts

June 16: Orlando, Fla., Hard Rock Live

June 17: Atlanta, Ga., Chastain Park Amphitheatre

June 19: Vienna, Va., Wolf Trap

June 21: Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center

June 22: Wantagh, N.Y., Jones Beach Amphitheatre

June 23: Boston, Mass., FleetBoston Pavilion

June 25: Wallingford, Conn., Oakdale Theater

June 26: Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theatre

June 28: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Massey Hall

June 29: Pittsburgh, Pa., Amphitheatre at Station Square

June 30: Columbus, Ohio, PromoWest Pavilion

July 2: Milwaukee, Wis., Summerfest

July 3: Rochester Hills, Mich., MeadowBrook Music Festival

July 5: Interlochen, Mich., Kresge Auditorium

July 6: Toledo, Ohio, Zoo Amphitheatre

July 7: Cleveland, Ohio, Nautica Stage

July 13: Minneapolis, Minn., Northrop Auditorium

July 14: Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre

July 17: Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 19: Grand Prairie, Texas, Next Stage at The Grand Prairie Show

July 20: Houston, Texas, Verizon Wireless Theater

July 21: Austin, Texas, The Backyard

July 23: Phoenix, Ariz., Dodge Theatre

July 24: Las Vegas, Nev., Hard Rock Hotel -- The Joint

July 26: Los Angeles, Greek Theatre

July 27: Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl

July 28: San Diego, Calif., SDSU Open Air Theatre

Further dates will be announced shortly.


Radio Records will release its tribute to the late Joey Ramone and his band, the Ramones, on May 28.

"Ramones Forever -- An International Tribute" features bands from Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Peru, Hungary and the United States and styles ranging from Lo-Fi Electro to Punk, Ska, Lounge, to all-out weirdness.

A portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit the Joey Ramone fund (c/o New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in New York City). Ramone died last April at age 49 following a long fight with cancer.

(Web site:


Chumbawamba's 10th studio album, "Readymades," is due in stores June 18. The eclectic British band uses breakbeats and folk samples to mix melody with politics. Tracks on the CD include "Reason and Rhyme (The Killing of Harry Stanley)," a song about an unarmed man shot dead by an armed police force for carrying a chair leg that needed mending; "After Shelley," which looks at sweatshop labor; and "Don't Pass Go," about Satpal Ram, a victim of a racist attack who was jailed for killing his attacker.

(Web site:


Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer and Don Henley are scheduled to perform at The 9th Annual Race to Erase MS on May 10 in Century City, Calif. The event -- themed "Peace and Love To Erase MS" -- will benefit the Nancy Davis Center Without Walls. Actress Sela Ward will host the event. She'll be joined by Tom Arnold, Tony Danza and Bill Maher, who will be the celebrity auctioneers for the live auction. Additional celebrities attending include Sylvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Teri Garr and Montel Williams.


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Tony Bennett with its Pied Piper Award. The presentation will take place during ASCAP's 19th annual Pop Music Awards on May 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer k.d. lang will be on hand to join ASCAP in honoring Bennett that evening.

Bennett is being recognized for his consummate musical artistry and extraordinary career as the foremost interpreter of the "Great American Songbook." Previous recipients of the ASCAP Pied Piper award include Fred Astaire, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.


Britney Spears, in addition to having great hormones and a penchant to push the envelope, apparently also has a younger sister.

People magazine says that Jamie Lynn Spears, who is 11, may be a "Britney in the wings." She's already trodding the boards, recently participating in a Kids 'R' Us fashion show, outfitted as a sixth-grade cheerleader. She's also appeared with her older sister in several live performances, one a big one in Las Vegas. She also can be seen in Britney's Pepsi ads.

Now, according to the publication, there's talk that the younger Spears could become the host of her own kids show on Nickelodeon.

Oh, and there's a third Spears. Ryan, 25, described as being "a hunk" and, according to Britney, "too macho" to get into show business.

(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)

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