May 12, 2005

Garbage 3/19/2005: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY

Lusty. Loving. Driven. These are just a few of the words that flickered across the screen behind the rock-pop powerhouse, Garbage, at the band’s first tour stop in support of their new album, Bleed Like Me. The stellar New York City performance proved that Garbage is one band that continues to improve after being together for more than 10 years, thanks to the outrageous and uninhibited redhead at the helm.

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Willie Nelson Dabbling In Reggae On New Release

Nearly a decade after hatching the idea for a country album that infuses reggae, Willie Nelson’s “Countryman” will see release this summer by Lost Highway. The album finds the outlaw country icon covering Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” and dueting with Toots Hibbert on the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash composition “I’m a Worried Man.”

The project was originally conceived with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell when Nelson joined the label’s roster in 1995. Basic tracks were recorded with producer Don Was over the next few years, but Blackwell’s exit from the label and a series of sales and mergers involving its parent companies put the album in limbo.

“Here is the “Countryman” track list:

“Something To Think About”
“How Long Is Forever”
“I’m a Worried Man” with Toots Hibbert
“The Harder They Come”
“I’ll Still Be Thinking of You”
“Sitting in Limbo”
“Darkness on the Face of the Earth”
“One in a Row”
“I’ve Just Destroyed the World”
“You Left a Long, Long Time Ago”
“I Guess I’ve Come To Live Here”
“Undo the Right”


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Dave Chappelle Checks Into Psych Facility

He hasn’t been seen on set for weeks. His hit show has been shut down. And his friends are speculating on various reasons for his purported meltdown.

Now comes word that Dave Chappelle is undergoing treatment in a psychiatric facility in South Africa.

Quoting an unnamed source “close to the situation,” Entertainment Weekly said Wednesday that the comedian flew to South Africa late last month and voluntarily checked himself into the undisclosed facility. There is no word on the nature of his ailment or how long he will be hospitalized.


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Billy Corgan Launches Solo Tour

Billy Corgan launches a tour in support of his solo debut, TheFutureEmbrace, in Atlanta on June 22nd, the day after his album hits stores. His last date will be in Vancouver, on July 19th.
“It’s guitar-driven and loud, but not aggressive,” the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman told Rolling Stone of the record. “No one will accuse me of sitting on my past.”

Recorded in Chicago, Future was co-produced by Corgan and features eleven new songs, as well as an unlikely cover of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” with the Cure’s Robert Smith on backing vocals. “The Cure is one of my favorite bands of all time,” Corgan said. “Robert is a good friend of mine, so it’s a dream come true. That song’s sort of a gem that not everyone will know.”

The video for the first single off the album, “Walking Shade,” is currently in rotation, and Corgan will play Europe before his North American stint.

Billy Corgan North American tour dates:

6/22: Atlanta, Earthlink
6/24: Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
6/25: Philadelphia, Electric Factory
6/27: New York, Webster Hall
6/28: New York, Webster Hall
6/30: Boston, Avalon
7/2: Toronto, The Carlu
7/5: Chicago, Vic Theatre
7/6: Chicago, Vic Theatre
7/7: St. Louis, The Pageant
7/8: Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room
7/11: San Diego, Soma
7/12: Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theatre
7/13: Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Theatre
7/15: San Francisco, The Fillmore
7/16: San Francisco, The Fillmore
7/18: Seattle, Moore Theatre
7/19: Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom


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