Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International  |  July 12, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced the opening dates of a two-year world tour, which will kick off on Aug. 7 at Continental Airlines Arena in Springsteen's home state of New Jersey. The first leg of the tour will consist of 46 dates running through December. The 46 shows will take place at 46 different venues, insuring high demand in key markets. Multiple dates in major cities during the summer of 2003 will be announced at a future date. Seven mid-October shows will take place in Europe, with the rest of the dates in North America. The tour will resume at the beginning of 2003 in Europe and Australia. On July 30 Springsteen's first new album with the E Street band in 18 years, "The Rising," will be released.


"Nellyville" held down the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 for the second week in a row, elbowing aside Eminem's "The Eminem Show," which doggedly held onto second place. St. Louis rapper Nelly's album sold 447,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Nellyville" also holds the top spot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Nelly's "Hot in Herre" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and Hot Rap Tracks charts.


James Bond is about to meet Madonna on the silver screen. The Material Girl traveled to England this week to shoot her scenes for "Die Another Day," the 20th Bond flick. She plays a fencing instructor in the film. Madonna also sings the title track of the film.


MTV's "The Osbournes" will not be showing Sharon Osbourne's colon cancer operation when the reality-based television series resumes, the New York Post reports. "Our main concern right now is for Sharon's well-being," an MTV spokesman told the Post. Osbourne, 50, the wife and manager of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and executive producer of "The Osbournes," underwent surgery last week at an undisclosed location. A source close to the family told the Post that the show's cameras were not present before, during or after the surgery. Two years ago MTV showed comedian Tom Green having an operation to remove a cancerous testicle.


A small private funeral was held Wednesday for Who bassist John Entwistle at St. Edward's church in Stow-On-The-Wold, England. Guitarist Pete Townshend, vocalist Roger Daltrey, and drummer Kenney Jones, who replaced Keith Moon in The Who after his death in 1978, were in attendance. The Who tour, with Pino Palladino replacing Entwistle, resumes July 26 in Mansfield, Mass., and is scheduled to run through Sept. 28 in Toronto. The June 29 show in Irvine, Calif., postponed in the wake of Entwistle's death, has been rescheduled for Sept. 15.


Steel guitarist Robert Randolph sat in with the jam band supergroup Vida Blue on the opening night of the band's summer tour at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. Randolph sat in on "CJ3" and "Manic Depression." The set also included covers of Pink Floyd's "Sheep" and Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter." Vida Blue is the combination of Page McConnell of Phish, bassist Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band and drummer Russell Batiste of Papa Grows Funk.

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