January 24, 2005

Ray LaMontagne: Trouble

Produced by Ethan Johns, (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, the Jayhawks) who also ads the drums, bass and piano parts, [Trouble is all heart and trembling white soul. LaMontagne

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Late Night Legend Johnny Carson Dies

Johnny Carson, the quick-witted “Tonight Show” host who became a national institution putting his viewers to bed for 30 years with a smooth nightcap of celebrity banter and heartland charm, died Sunday. He was 79.

Carson died early Sunday morning, according to his nephew, Jeff Sotzing. “He was surrounded by his family, whose loss will be immeasurable,” Sotzing told The Associated Press.

He did not provide further details, but NBC said Carson died of emphysema at his Malibu home.

Source yahoo.com.

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New Beck Album Guero Due March 29th

Beck will release his much-delayed eighth studio album, Guero (which means “White Boy” in Spanish), on March 29th. The follow-up to 2002’s acoustic-based Sea Change features a collaboration with the White Stripes’ Jack White, as well as production by the Dust Brothers, Tony Hoffer and Dan “the Automator” Nakamura.

“It’s pretty aggressive,” Beck told Rolling Stone. “I’ve been working on it for a while, but I ended up doing Sea Change first. I’ve been wanting to do a record with loud guitars for a long time.”

Several of the songs, including “Girl,” “Go It Alone” and the album’s first single, “E-Pro,” which hits radio next month, have been leaked on the Internet.

Much has changed for Beck since releasing his last album: last April he married Marissa Ribisi, twin sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi, and the couple gave birth to a son, Cosimo, shortly after.

Beck recently played two last-minute shows in Los Angeles. He debuted songs from Guero last week during a surprise gig at the Spaceland club, and last Monday, he joined Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Tenacious D at the Wiltern Theatre for a concert to benefit tsunami relief efforts.

Source rollingstone.com.

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U2 World Tour Dates Announced

U2 will kick off its 2005 Vertigo tour March 28 in San Diego. Sixteen North American dates are on tap so far for the first leg of the tour, which will wrap May 26 in Boston. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale Saturday (Jan. 29), but paid subscribers to U2’s Web site can take advantage of an exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow.

The band has also confirmed 24 European summer dates, beginning June 10 in Brussels and concluding Aug. 14 in Lisbon. Although a routing has not yet been confirmed, U2 will return to North America for another 30-date leg in the fall.

As on the 2001 Elevation tour, the arena floor will be general admission for about 1,700-1,800 seats, depending on the building. And, like Elevation, the tour will feature unique production elements.

“This tour will be not unlike the last production in that the lowest priced tickets will be on the floor,” says U2 manager Paul McGuinness. “The best seats are the cheapest, and we want people to get excited.” He adds that details on distribution of floor tickets will be forthcoming. “Some will be on sale, some will be radio contest winners,” he says.

Here are U2’s tour dates:

March 28: San Diego (Sports Arena; on sale Jan. 29)
April 1: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond; on sale Jan. 30)
April 5: Los Angeles (Staples Center; on sale Jan. 30)
April 9: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion; on sale Jan. 30)
April 14: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
April 20: Denver (Pepsi Center; on sale Jan. 29)
April 24: Seattle (Key Arena)
April 28: Vancouver (GM Place)
May 7, 9: Chicago (United Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 14: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center; on sale Jan. 29)
May 17-18: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena; on sale Jan. 31)
May 21: New York (Madison Square Garden; on sale Jan. 31)
May 24, 26: Boston (Fleet Center; on sale Jan. 29)
June 10: Brussels (King Baudouin Stadium)
June 12: Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Schalke Stadium)
June 14: Manchester, England (Stadium)
June 18: London (Twickenham Stadium)
June 21: Glasgow (Hampden Park)
June 24: Dublin (Croke Park)
June 29: Cardiff, Wales (Millennium Stadium)
July 2: Vienna (Ernst Happel Stadium)
July 5: Katowice, Poland (Slaski Stadium)
July 7: Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
July 9: Paris (Stade de France)
July 11: Zurich (Letzigrund Stadium)
July 13: Amsterdam (Arena)
July 19: Milan (San Siro)
July 23: Rome (Olympic Stadium)
July 27: Oslo (Vallehovin Stadium)
July 29: Gothenburg, Sweden (Ullevi Stadium)
July 31: Copenhagen (Parken)
Aug. 3: Munich (Olympic Stadium)
Aug. 5: Nice, France (Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann)
Aug. 7: Barcelona (Camp Nou)
Aug. 9: San Sebastian, Spain (Anoeta Stadium)
Aug. 11: Madrid (Estadio Vicente Calderon)
Aug. 14: Lisbon (Alvalade)

Source billboard.com.

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