going to be some new action in the Doors camp over the next few months.
Drummer Stewart Copeland, best known for his work with The Police, and ex-The
Cult singer Ian Astbury have both been tapped along with bassist Angelo
Barbera to complete The Doors‘ revamped (and supposedly permanent) new
lineup, with Astbury ostensibly stepping into the late Jim Morrison‘s shoes
as vocalist. The “new“ Doors played last week at the Harley-Davidson Open
Road Festival in Southern California, and a new Doors studio album plus an
extensive tour are reportedly expected next year...
Jack Johnson fans got a treat at Johnson‘s L.A. show last week - taking the
stage at The Greek Theatre halfway through Johnson‘s set was none other than
G. Love, who joined Johnson for several tunes, including the Love/Johnson
collaboration “Rodeo Clowns.“ And during the encore, longtime Johnson pal
Ben Harper hopped onstage to play guitar on Johnson‘s tune “The Flake“ and a
cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Who Knows“...
‘80‘s synth duo Erasure have announced that they‘ll be releasing a new album
titled *Other People‘s Songs* in February of 2003, an album that will be
mostly comprised of the band‘s versions of a variety of cover songs.
Although the tracklist for *Other People‘s Songs* is not yet final, the disc
is likely to include Erasure‘s takes on “Ave Maria,“ The Righteous Brothers‘
“You‘ve Lost That Lovin‘ Feeling,“ The Three Degrees‘ “When Will I See You
Again,“ and Peter Gabriel‘s “Solsbury Hill,“ all produced by Gareth Jones
(Depeche Mode). Erasure are also planning out their first UK tour in five
years, details of which should be forthcoming...
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barket has embarked on a side project with Rancid
singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong. Dubbed The Transplants, the band‘s tunes
meld punk with hardcore hip-hop and reggae influences; their upcoming
self-titled debut album will also feature guest appearances by The
Distillers‘ Brody Armstrong, AFI‘s Davey Havok, and additional Rancil members
Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman. The first Transplants album is expected
out on October 22nd...
The Falls Festival, Australia‘s annual New Year‘s concert party in Lorne, has
locked down their roster of acts, which is now set to include The Vandals,
Jet, The Casanovas, Timo Mass, and the aforementioned Jack Johnson; 50 acts
in all are scheduled to play over the 2-day event...
German pop duo Stereo Total will kick off a month-long North American tour on
October 31st in NYC...
Theory of a Deadman are hitting the road for a series of live gigs with
Audiovent starting October 17th...
NBC is planning to air the TV special *Elvis Lives* in late November or early
December of this year, featuring tributes to the singer from the likes of No
Doubt, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and U2‘s Bono...
Queen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week - their star
being located at 6365 Hollywood Boulevard, if you‘re interested in seeing it
And Tori Amos is set to take to the road for a headlining tour on November
7th in support of her new album, *Scarlet‘s Walk* - she‘ll take the Tori show
through Toronto (11/22), Detroit (11/24), Chicago (11/27), Milwaukee (12/1),
and Seattle (12/10) before wrapping in San Francisco on December 21st...
Taking their CDs to a store near you this week are these artists... Jets to
Brazil present *Perfecting Loneliness*... Santana releases *Shaman*... Tracy
Chapman says *Let It Rain*... My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult releases
*Elektrik Inferno Live*... and Cave In offers up *Tides of Tomorrow*... and
that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
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