Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International  |  Dec. 5, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Z100's annual "Jingle Ball" concert, scheduled for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is sold out, but Musicians On Call still is offering Platinum Seats and a chance to meet some of the evening's chart-topping performers. Fans who purchase tickets through Musicians On Call will sit front-and-center for performances by Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, Destiny's Child, Ja Rule, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue, Nelly and more, and will gain access to an exclusive pre-show party. Several of the "Jingle Ball" artists are expected to attend the event. The VIP tickets are $1,000, which includes a tax deductible contribution to the organization. They can be purchased by calling 212-741-2709.


What to get the Who fan who has everything? How about "The Who Encore -- Limited Edition Road

Case," currently on sale for around $1,000. The box includes all 25 double CD sets in the Who Encore series, a 60-page color book featuring tour photos and commentary, and an autographed card from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, all in a miniature replica road case. This alloy case resembles those the band used on its 2002 tour, and is stamped with the official logo of the Who Encore series. The box is hand numbered and limited to 250 copies worldwide. and also released the final nine shows in the series. Nine shows from the first two legs of the band's 2002 U.S. tour are available at Proceeds from all box sets go to young persons' charities supported by The Who.


Los Angeles-based instrumental dance/rock/funk/electronica quartet Particle will play a special late-night show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 31. The sold-out performance, to begin at 2:30 a.m., will last throughout the evening and continues the tradition of the group's signature late-night gigs. The New Year's Eve date will be the first time Particle plays New York since their September Jammy awards appearance with the B52's. Formed in 2000, Particle has been steadily gaining momentum with its "space porn" sound, and recently was voted one of Relix magazine's "Best New Artists" for 2002.

The band -- featuring Steve Molitz on keyboards, Charlie Hitchcock on guitar, Eric Gould on bass and Darren Pujalet on drums -- has self-released one four-song extended play only available at shows, but the group continues to sell out venues throughout the country.


Robert Randolph and the Family Band have canceled several dates this week due to the death of Family Band bassist Danyel Morgan's father on Sunday. The two shows at the Paradise in Boston on Thursday and Saturday were canceled, as well as the Friday show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, N.Y. The show on Monday, opening up for The Roots at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is still on. Refunds for any of the canceled shows can be received from point of purchase.


New Orleans supergroup MVVP play a one-off gig this week at B.B. King's in New York. The band is made up of the creme de la creme of New Orleans musicians -- drummer Stanton Moore and keyboardist Rich Vogel of Galactic, drummer Johnny Vidacovich from Astral Project and Godfather of Funk, bassist George Porter Jr., best known for his work with The Meters. This unique lineup features two of the world's best drummers facing off all night long. Vidacovich

and Moore have played together since Stanton's college days at Loyola University, where Vidacovich was his drum teacher.

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