Despite his retirement from rapping three years ago, JAY-Z will return to the mike June 25th to mark the tenth anniversary of Reasonable Doubt, the rapper's debut release, appearing at New York's Radio City Music Hall to perform the album in its entirety. It is unknown whether guests from the album, including MARY J. BLIGE and FOXY BROWN, will appear for the event. Reasonable Doubt reached Number Twenty-Three on the chart and has gone on to sell nearly 1.5 million copies. Tickets for the show are currently on sale.
Eddie Vedder, Josh Homme Record With the Strokes
The STROKES have enlisted the help of EDDIE VEDDER and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's JOSH HOMME for a cover of MARVIN GAYE's 1971 hit, "Mercy Mercy Me." The song will appear as the B side to the Strokes' upcoming single, "You Only Live Once," expected to be released in July. Vocals on the B side are split between singer JULIAN CASABLANCAS and Vedder, while Homme shares percussion duties with Strokes drummer FABRIZIO MORETTI. The band, currently on tour, recently shot the video for the single in Los Angeles.
R. Kelly Sex Tape Exposed to the Public
A judge in the R. KELLY child pornography case ruled Thursday that the in-court viewing of a tape which allegedly shows the singer engaged in sexual acts with a minor will not be restricted to the judge, jurors and attorneys. Attorneys for both sides argued earlier this week that public viewing of the tape could do harm to the victim, who is now twenty-one. R&B star Kelly has been charged with fourteen counts of child pornography.
Warped Tour Goes Green
In an effort to combat global warming and pollution, this summer the Vans Warped Tour will become a more environmentally friendly outing, converting all its touring vehicles to biodiesel fuel and using a solar-powered sound system. In addition, the tour's catering company will use washable dishware rather than disposable plates, and all vendors will be powered by vegetable-derived fuel. A recycling program will be in effect throughout . . . In other Warped news, avid vegetarian JOAN JETT will join the outing this summer, and she is teaming with peta2 -- the youth branch of the animal rights organization -- to give away 100 tickets. Fans can register to win tickets at peta2.com.
Buzzcocks, Blue October Hit the Road
Influential punk act the BUZZCOCKS will cross the pond this summer for four North American headlining dates and a two-week jaunt with the Warped Tour in support of their latest release, Flat Pack Philosophy. The run kicks off Saturday in Toronto . . . Texas act BLUE OCTOBER will hit the road through August, with stops at several local radio festivals and a performance at Lollapalooza . . . Austin-based art-rockers SOUND TEAM will embark on a headlining tour June 13th in support of their latest album, Movie Monster, out this week. Kicking off in Tucson, Arizona, the tour will run through July 1st in Houston.
Street Scene, Snow Patrol Tour Updates
The schedule for San Diego's Street Scene Festival has been revealed, with headlining duties being split between an August 4th KANYE WEST performance and an appearance by TOOL on August 5th. The complete schedule is available at street-scene.com . . . British five-piece SNOW PATROL have been forced to cancel three more dates due to singer GARY LIGHTBODY's throat problems. Shows in New York, Philadelphia and Montreal, along with previously cancelled shows in Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., have been rescheduled for the end of June while a cancelled Boston gig will now go on in August.
Metallica Man Joins Alice in Chains
METALLICA frontman JAMES HETFIELD joined ALICE IN CHAINS for a June 2nd performance on the band's world tour in Nuremberg, Germany. Hetfield joins a growing list of guest appearances on the tour, including appearances by SOUNDGARDEN's KIM THAYIL, QUEENSRYCHE's CHRIS DEGARMO, HEART's ANN WILSON, VELVET REVOLVER's DUFF MCKAGEN and former SMASHING PUMPKINS man BILLY CORGAN.
Rakim, Lil Scrappy and Beenie Man All Set to Release New Records Later This Summer
RAKIM announced that his new album, his first solo effort in nearly a decade, will hit stores sometime this summer. Dubbed The Seventh Seal, the disc is expected to be released through Ra Records, the rapper's new label . . . Grammy-winning dancehall artist BEENIE MAN will release his third stateside full-length, Undisputed, August 29th. A video for the album's lead single, featuring R&B singer AKON, has already been shot . . . LIL JON protege LIL SCRAPPY will release his debut, Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live, this summer, featuring the single "Gangsta Gangsta."
Stevie Wonder's Mother (and Collaborator) Dies
STEVIE WONDER's mother, Lula Mae Hardaway died May 31st in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson for the singer. The cause of death is unknown. Hardaway was the subject of a 2002 biography which chronicled the Alabama native's hard life, which included being shuffled between relatives as a child, marrying an abusive husband and being forced into prostitution. Hardaway is also listed as co-writer to a number of her son's songs, including "I Was Made to Love Her" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." Wonder is scheduled to perform at the Detriot Lions' Ford Field as part of a memorial to the 1967 Detriot race riots.