There is a strong possibility that U2 may set a new record for a residency at London's O2 Arena, breaking the 21-date mark set by Prince last year. Nothing has been confirmed, but statements from the band point toward the Fall which will coincide with the projected release of a new album.
It looks like Ozzy Osbourne might do it one more time. Billboard, in an aside on other summer tours, stated that Ozzfest will be going out for just a limited run.
Madonna is being paid $10 million dollars for an "appearance" in a Super Bowl ad for Sunsilk. The ad uses her song Ray of Light and six seconds worth of archive footage of the material girl. Nice work if you can get it.
Jethro Tull will be touring around the world this year, including Russia and the Ukraine next month, the U.K. in April and May and possibly the U.S. starting in August. Word is that the tour will concentrate on the group's first three albums with just a few later songs mixed in along the way.
Tuff Jeff Salen, founding member and guitarist for the 70's punk outfit the Tuff Darts, died of a Heart attack last Saturday at the age of 55.
The Tuff Darts made their debut in 1976 with members Salen, Robert Gordon, Bob Butant, John DeSalvo and James Morrison. Early tracks were included on the Live at CBGB's album and, later, the group recorded one album (Tuff Darts!) before breaking up in 1980.
Salen went on to become a well respected blues session musician and to open two successful boutiques with his wife Diana. He also played occassional Tuff Dart reunion shows and recorded with his group, Tuff Jeff Salen & the Silencers.
Al Jarreau, who released a compilation of love songs this past Tuesday, is readying two more releases for this year. The first is a new best-of compilation, which he promises will be different from the last one he released in 1996. He is also working on a holiday album which he expects will be done by early-summer and in the stores in the fall.
Bill Cosby will release a hip-hop album in the near future that will be "issues oriented" and contain no offensive language. State of Emergency is Cosby's 35th album.
Former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos will be playing at the BLOC Festival in Hernsby, U.K. this March. Bartos was with the group from 1975 to 1991.