MORE SPRINGSTEEN DATES
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band continue their world barnstorming tour this year with February and March concerts in U.S. cities, including Atlantic City, N.J., to take place before the band heads to Australia and Europe, where a series of stadium shows in June already are sold out.
The 2003 U.S. dates currently scheduled include: Feb. 28, Duluth, Ga.; March 2, Austin, Texas; March 4, Jacksonville, Fla.; March 6, Richmond, Va.; March 7, Atlantic City; March 10, Providence, R.I.; and, March 11, Rochester, N.Y.
Following these shows, Springsteen and the Band will travel to Australia for dates in Sydney, Auckland, Brisbane and Melbourne, then trek to Canada for several dates, followed by a European stadium tour spanning 20 cities throughout May and June.
"The Maytones' Greatest Hits" (Heartbeat) hits the stores this week. The Maytones were one of the biggest groups in Jamaica during the 1970s, scoring No. 1 hits with "Africa We Want to Go," "Madness" and "Money Worries." The roots duo was accompanied by some of Jamaica's best musicians, including the Revolutionaries. This collection includes many of the group's hits released only in Jamaica and available here for the first time on CD. Also included are previously unreleased extended mixes of "Africa We Want to Go," "Sha La La Disco" and "Come Along." The set was produced by Alvin Ranglin for Kingston-based G.G. Records.
"LOVE" THE JULIANA THEORY
The Juliana Theory hit the road this week in support of the band's Epic Records debut, "Love," originally scheduled for release last October. The album's first single, "Do You Believe Me?" currently is at radio. "Love" is a 14-track recording produced by former Talking Head Jerry Harrison (Live, No Doubt) and co-produced by lead vocalist Brett Detar with engineer Dave Schiffman (System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine) behind the knobs. The five Pennsylvania natives became an indie sensation before signing with Epic, selling more than 150,000 albums without major distribution. The group consists of Brett Detar (lead vocals, guitar), Chad Alan (bass), Josh Fiedler (guitar), Josh Kosker (guitar), and Josh Walters (drums).
JOE SATRIANI GETS GOVERNORS' AWARD
Multi-platinum guitarist Joe Satriani opens the second leg of his "Evening With..." tour in support of his latest release, "Strange Beautiful Music," Jan. 29 in Reno, Nev., and wraps it up in Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 7. The tour includes a two-night engagement at San Francisco's Fillmore, where Satriani recorded the "Live In San Francisco" DVD in December 2000.
The San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy will honor Satriani with the Governors' Award for Creative Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in a ceremony to take place Feb. 9. Satriani was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song "Starry Night."
KATHLEEN EDWARDS IN HOUSING WORKS BENEFIT
Zoë/Rounder recording artist Kathleen Edwards will join Ryan Adams and alternative folk/pop band Shivaree for a performance at Housing Works Used Book Café's new monthly acoustic music series, Live From Home, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in New York City. It will benefit homeless HIV/AIDS victims. This performance sits in the middle of a full week of promotion and television appearances for Edwards as she kicks off the release of her U.S. debut album, "Failer."