For The Record: Quick News On Sevendust, Alanis Morissette, Lil’ Bow Wow, R.E.M., Oasis & More

Sevendust will begin their spring tour with Reveille and Breaking Point on April 3 in Plainview, New York. The last date of the 23-date jaunt is July 27 at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. … A rare acoustic performance by Alanis Morissette that includes “Hands Clean,” “Utopia” and “Thank U” will be posted on Warner Bros. Online’s Live Concert Series Web site beginning March 19. … A spokesperson for Lil’ Bow Wow says the teen rapper is planning a tour with B2K and IMX to kick off in July. Bow Wow’s last big outing, aptly titled the Scream Tour, also featured B2K as an opening act. …

R.E.M. speak out on the way paper is made in a new series of public service announcements for the Paper Campaign. “Insist that the paper you use is tree-free,” singer Michael Stipe says in one the forest preservation ads. … Oasis will release a new album this summer, and singer Liam Gallagher has told NME the disc will be called Heathen Chemistry. Confirmed songs include the title track, the single “The Hindu Times,” “Force of Nature,” “Songbird,” “Little by Little,” “Better Man,” “Born on a Different Cloud,” “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” and “Hung in a Bad Place.” … English goth-punk legends Siouxsie and the Banshees have reunited for a handful of U.S. shows. The group will open its six-date tour on April 17 in Washington, D.C., and wind up 10 days later at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. …

The Doves will release The Last Broadcast, the follow-up to 2000′s Mercury Music Prize-nominated Lost Souls, on June 4 and promote it with a North American summer tour. The British rockers co-produced the album with Steve Osborne (Happy Mondays) and Max Hayes (Primal Scream). … Pop singer Robbie Williams recently became ordained so he could officiate a wedding between Cult bassist Billy Morrison and his fianceé, Jennifer Holliday. Williams joined Los Angeles’ nondenominational Universal Ministries, where he is now known as the Rev. Robert Williams. … After celebrating 20 years with Soul Asylum, singer Dave Pirner will release his debut solo album in June on Ultimatum Music, home of former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. Pirner wrote and produced the still-untitled album over a three-year span and has described it as having an R&B feel. …

Former Eels member Tommy Walter‘s Abandoned Pools have signed on to open for Garbage on their upcoming North American tour, beginning April 19 in Toronto and ending June 1 in Los Angeles. … Pete Yorn will re-release 2001′s Musicforthemorningafter on April 23 with a bonus disc featuring a new version of “Strange Condition” with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck; covers of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Dancing in the Dark” and “New York Serenade,” the Smiths‘ “Panic,” and David Bowie‘s “China Girl;” and videos for “Strange Condition,” “For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is),” “Life on a Chain” and “June.” Yorn kicks off a headlining club tour on April 2 in Santa Ana, California, before joining a Weezer trek that begins April 23 in Edmonton, Alberta. … Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will head out on the road for their first tour in four years. The 17-date trek starts April 16 in Los Angeles and wraps up May 8 in Austin, Texas. …

03.18.02

Peter Buck‘s retrial began Monday (March 18) in London with the prosecutors describing the R.E.M. guitarist’s alleged drunken behavior on a flight from Seattle to London last April. The trial is expected to last eight days. … In other courtroom news, Marilyn Manson‘s hearing on disorderly conduct charges stemming from an incident at Ozzfest near Detroit last summer has been pushed back from Monday (March 18) to March 27. Manson is accused of rubbing his genitals on a security guard’s neck. … Piano men Elton John and Billy Joel have cancelled their remaining seven April and May U.S. dates in New York, Boston and New Jersey on orders from Joel’s doctor. According to John’s Web site, there are plans to reschedule the dates in September and October, but details are unknown. …

Phish‘s Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper and Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade will headline the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival June 21-23 on farmland in Manchester, Tennessee. Other acts scheduled include Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, the String Cheese Incident, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, moe., Galactic and Jack Johnson. … George Michael‘s video for “Freeek,” a single recently released in Europe, had to be edited by British and French broadcasters because it features mating dogs, nudity and swearing, according to Reuters. Michael has yet to finish the song’s accompanying album and there is no word on a release date. …

Static-X have joined the likes of the WWF’s Undertaker and the Insane Clown Posse as subjects of a new Chaos! Comics sci-fi action series. The comic will be released July 24 and will be packaged with an exclusive CD. … Neil Young has come down with a case of the flu, causing Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to postpone shows scheduled for March 15 in Tacoma, Washington, and March 17 in Portland, Oregon. The band has rescheduled for April 28 and 29, respectively. … Swedish garage-punk band the Hellacopters have scheduled an 18-date U.S. tour that starts March 29 in San Diego and runs through April 22 in New York. The band is touring to support last year’s High Visibility, which is about to be released in America. …