Rock Beat: Alice Cooper, Adventures In Stereo, Elvis Presley ...

Shock-rock legend launches tour on Sept. 1.

Alice Cooper will hit the road this fall, launching a tour Sept. 1 in Elmira, N.Y., a spokesperson said. The tour is scheduled to run into late October. ...

Sample-happy British pop group Adventures in Stereo will launch their first U.S. tour in September, a spokesperson said. Opening acts on the tour will be Chamber Strings and the Waxwings. ... Tupelo, Miss., the hometown of Elvis Presley, will celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll during the second annual Elvis Presley Festival starting Thursday (Aug. 3). The four-day event, dubbed "Tupelo, Mississippi: Where It All Began," will feature performances from such artists as jump-blues group Roomful of Blues, singer/songwriter Delbert McClinton and the Mississippi Mass Choir. Guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both members of Presley's original band, also will play. For more information, see tupeloelvisfestival.com. ...

Germany's Ruf Records label is planning a tribute to Jimi Hendrix due Sept. 12, the same day MCA Records will release The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will unveil an exhibit honoring the late guitarist. Blue Haze: The Songs of Jimi Hendrix, which will be distributed in the United States by House of Blues Music Co., features interpretations of the guitar legend's music by a wide variety of artists, including Taj Mahal performing "All Along the Watchtower" and Alvin Youngblood Hart doing "Remember." The 14-track CD also includes appearances by Buddy Miles and Double Trouble, who cover "The Wind Cries Mary" and Michelle Shocked, who does "House Burning Down." ... On Friday afternoon (Aug. 4), neilyoung.com will offer footage of rehearsals for the godfather of grunge's upcoming Silver & Gold tour. The video segment, taped in Hawaii, follows last week's posting of a video of the song "Old Man," shown in sepia-tone, filmed at Young's Plywood Studio rehearsal space on his ranch in Woodside, Calif. ...

Hard-rockers Corrosion of Conformity will open Metallica's shows Wednesday (Aug. 2) and Thursday at the Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas. The shows are makeup dates for concerts Metallica missed during the Summer Sanitarium tour because of a back injury singer/guitarist James Hetfield suffered. ... Northwest rock trio Modest Mouse will launch a U.S. tour Sept. 4 in Seattle, a spokesperson for the band said. 764-HERO, the Black Heart Procession and the Shins also are slated to play on the tour, which will run into October. ...

New Orleans' second annual Voodoo Music Festival, set for Oct. 28 at City Park, has announced a lineup that includes such acts as Stone Temple Pilots, Eminem, 311, Ben Harper, Cypress Hill, Counting Crows, Live, Blues Traveler, Guster, Black Eyed Peas and French Quarter funk brethren Galactic. Voodoomusicfest.com, Rollingstone.com and iCast.com will present live webcasts from each of the festival's three stages. ... Irish rockers U2 have posted a 40-second streaming sample of their upcoming single "Beautiful Day" on their Web site (www.u2.com). The song, driven by echoing guitars and real drums that recall U2's '80s sound, will be included on the band's upcoming album, which is slated for release this fall. ...

Joan Osborne is set to tour behind the Sept. 12 release of Righteous Love, her first new material since 1995's triple-platinum Relish. The monthlong tour begins with performances Sept. 1 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse and Sept. 3 at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and winds up Oct. 6 at the Higher Ground Music Hall in Winooski, Vt. The title track from Righteous Love will be featured on an upcoming episode of the HBO series "Sex and the City." ...

Thursday's birthdays (Aug. 3): Martin Atkins (Public Image LTD), 41; Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), 39; James Hetfield (Metallica), 37; and Ed Roland (Collective Soul), 37.

— sonicnet.com staff report