PROJECT/OBJECT, the ever-evolving Mother of Frank Zappa reinvention, returns to its most popular configuration in July for a brief East Coast tour before crossing the Atlantic to make its European debut at the Zappanale Festival in Germany. Zappa vocalist-guitarist Ike Willis returns as special guest frontman for PROJECT/OBJECT after sharing those duties in the spring with fellow Zappa vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock on their first national tour together in 18 years. The extensive U.S. tour set attendance records in clubs and theaters from coast-to-coast. Demand was so great that PROJECT/OBJECT is planning another large-scale tour for the fall, once again pairing the two Zappa vocalists.
"We had an absolute blast mixing it up with Ike and Nappy on stage and the fans couldn't get enough," said PROJECT/OBJECT ringleader/guitarist Andre Cholmondeley. "So we were fortunate enough that our schedules allowed us to pair them up again for an encore in the fall."
The fall tour will mark the first time the band will have mounted two such tours in the same year, proving that PROJECT/OBJECT's ongoing mission to perpetuate the music of one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century is increasingly vital, almost a decade after Zappa's untimely death.
The summer tour, with Willis, kicks off July 10 in Woodstock, NY and wraps up 10 days later in Atlanta, GA. Along the way, PROJECT/OBJECT will be featured at the moe. or les festival and campout in Brandywine, MD, which marks the historic summer pairing of jam band allies moe. and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade. Later in July, PROJECT/OBJECT will be joined by Ike Willis in Germany as it makes its European debut at the Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan.
With Willis on guitar and vocals and Cholmondeley on guitar, the rest of the PROJECT/OBJECT lineup is comprised of Robbie "Seahag" Mangano (guitar); Dave Johnsen (bass); Jordan Shapiro (keyboards), and Wesley Paich (drums).
Willis (1978-88) is one of Zappa's most durable and beloved sidemen, whose soulful vocal hysterics are best remembered as the voice of Joe on the "Joe's Garage" rock opera trilogy. He toured the world six times with the maestro and was the voice of his music for 14 years on countless recordings, many still unreleased.
PROJECT/OBJECT will be playing many authentic renditions from "Roxy and Elsewhere," "One Size Fits All" and "Joe's Garage" at every stop on this leg of the tour, plus plenty of other classic Zappa material Willis helped make famous.
Since its formation a decade ago, PROJECT/OBJECT has been rapidly gaining notoriety for its onstage dedication to its singular mission. The band continually introduces successive generations of improv-oriented music fans around the country to Zappa's monumental legacy, performing music from every era of Zappa's prolific career while acutely recreating the unique fun and excitement of the Frank Zappa concert experience.
Project/Object Summer 2002 tour:
June 19 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst (Zen Tricksters open)
June 20 Tahoe City, CA River Ranch Lodge
June 21 Laytonville, CA Morning Spring Rain (w/ Jorma Kaukonen, Melvin Seals, OM Trio, others)
June 22 Eureka, CA Saturday Club West
June 23 Petaluma, CA Sunday Mystic Theater
July 10 Woodstock, NY Joyous Lake
July 11 Newport, RI Area 22
July 12 Trenton, NJ Conduit
July 13 Brandywine, MD moe. or les festival
July 15 Greenville, NC Peasant's Cafe
July 16 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
July 17 Asheville, NC Stella Blue
July 18 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
July 19 Athens, GA Georgia Theaer
July 20 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
July 26 Brad Doberan, GER Zappanale Festival
Koko Taylor Cancels A Few More Concerts Due To Illness
Koko Taylor has had to cancel a few shows but will be back on the road on June 27 when she performs at a benefit scheduled at the Chicago Theatre with Ray Charles, also on the bill.
"She's diabetic and had some complications with her blood sugar levels beginning late last week," an Alligator Records spokesperson told CelebrityAccess. "Everything's fine now and she's home."
Taylor was hospitalized in late January and also missed a few concerts.
Rolling Stones Book North American Shows In 2003
The Rolling Stones have very quietly started booking the second leg of their 2002-03 world tour with North American dates starting January 8 in Montreal. The itinerary includes one repeat market (Boston) from the fall 2002 leg. The preliminary itinerary is:
January 8 Montreal, Molson Centre
January 10 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
January 12 Boston, MA Fleet Center
January 25 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
January 28 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center Arena
January 30 Phoenix, AZ America West Arena
February 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Grateful Dead Members Responds To Alpine Cancellation
The remaining members of the Grateful Dead — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir –posted the following message to its fans on their message board, vowing to perform together this summer:
We are gratefully overwhelmed by the support you have shown us, specifically the very direct support you demonstrated in your response to the two shows at Alpine Valley.
You will all understand that we and our promoter were dismayed by the decision made at the recent Walworth County Highway Committee meeting. We certainly appreciate the concerns of anyone who believes that 200,000 people might be coming, but such a number simply does not square with the 30 years of Dead history. That being said, we are currently looking at all the alternatives available to us to insure a safe and successful event. To that end, we are attempting to resolve the issues that were brought up at the hearing, as well as looking at other venues in the general region.
As always, we are committed to working with the communities we visit. We have never wanted to create a situation in which we, our fans, or the local area has a negative experience.
We intend to play together in public this summer. We thank you for your patience and understanding — we will work this out. As soon as the proper solution reveals itself, we will make our plans public. Honest, you'll be the first to know.
Mickey, Billy, Phil, and Bobby
Rusted Root To Open 16 Santana Shows
Rusted Root has secured 16 East Coast and Midwest dates on the Santana tour kicking off July 31 in Virginia Beach, VA and wrapping August 25 in St. Paul, MN.
This will not be Rusted Root’s first time out with Santana, but for lead singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, co-founder of Rusted Root, this tour in particular, promises its share of surprises. "I expect to be up onstage with Santana and have him play three or four songs I've never heard, and he's gonna point to me about 30 seconds into each song and ask me to take a solo," Glabicki laughs. "Then he's going to walk offstage with a cigar and leave me there. Always with Carlos, it's a big, huge smile; that's what I love about playing with him."
The Santana/Rusted Root itinerary:
7/31 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavillion
8/3 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Center
8/4 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center @ Waterfront
8/6 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
8/7 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/9-10 Wantaugh, NY Jones Beach Amphitheatre
8/11 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga PAC
8/14 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre
8/16 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
8/17 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/19-20 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
8/21 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
8/23 Tinley Park, IL Tweeter Ctr (World Music Theater)
8/24 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
8/25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Morrissey Returns To Tour Circuit
Morrissey returns to touring after a two-year absence, with a string of dates in the US, Canada and Japan, beginning August 1 in Salt Lake City.
Morrissey Tour Dates:
August 1 Salt Lake City, UT Fairpark
August 3 Colorado Springs, CO Music Hall
August 4 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
August 6 El Paso, TX, venue TBA
August 7 Tucson, AZ Rialto
August 9 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Hall
August 10 Yuma, AZ. Convention Hall
August 17 Osaka, JAP, Summer Sonic Festival
August 18 Tokyo JAP Summer Sonic Festival
August 20 Anchorage, AK. Egan Center
August 22 Seattle, WA Paramount
August 23 Portland, OR Roseland
August 24 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
August 26 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
August 27 Edmonton, AB Red's
August 29 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
September 6-7 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
September 13 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
September 14 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
September 15 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre
Roth, Hagar Add Second Leg To Tour
In the midst of their much talked about co-headlining tour, David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar have tacked on a second leg of dates starting July 23 in Bossier City, LA and continuing through September 8 in Bakersfield, CA. The first leg kicked off May 29 in Cleveland, OH and wraps up June 29 in George, WA.
July 23 Bossier City, LA Century Tel Center
July 25 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
July 26 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 28 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 31 West Palm Beach, FL Mars Music Amphitheater
August 1 Tampa, FL Ice Palace
August 3 Nashville, TN Amsouth Amphitheater
August 4 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
August 6 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
August 7 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 10 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Marina
August 11 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
August 13 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
August 14 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
August 16 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
August 17 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
August 19 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless
August 20 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 22 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Center
August 24 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Springs PAC
August 25 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
August 27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook Farm
August 28 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
August 31 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Art Center
September 1 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
September 6 Chula Vista, CA Coors Amphitheater
September 7 Las Vegas, NV TBA
Aerosmith Takes Kid Rock And Run D-MC On Tour This Summer
Aerosmith continues its 2002 tour this summer that will hit 40-plus dates in North America and feature Kid Rock and special guest Run D-MC. Clear Channel Entertainment's promotion and production kicks off in Holmdel, NJ on August 13 and runs through November with more dates to be announced.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler: "I can't wait to get back on the road!! Loud guitars, screaming girls, diesel fuel and room service!! Forget about it!! What's not to love about that?!?!?"
Aerosmith/Kid Rock North American Tour Itinerary:
August 13 Holmdel, NJ PNC
August 15 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
August 17 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
August 20 Washington D.C. Nissan
August 22 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
August 24 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
August 28 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
August 30 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
September 1 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
September 3 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
September 5 Hartford, CT The Meadows
September 7 Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront
September 10 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
September 12 Cleveland, OH Blossom
September 14 Milwaukee, WI Alpine Valley
September 16 Columbus, OH Polaris Amphitheatre
September 18 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Center
September 20 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Amphitheatre
September 22 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 2 Kansas City, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 4 Nashville< TN AmSouth Amphitheatre
October 6 St. Louis, MO UMB Band Pavilion
October 8 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Post
October 10 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless
October 17 Tampa, FL Ice Palace
October 19 West Palm, FL Mars Amphitheatre
October 22 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
October 24 New Orleans, LA Arena
October 26 Dallas, TX Race Track/Smirnoff
October 28 Houston, TX Woodlands
October 30 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless
November 1 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
November 3 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless
November 5 San Diego, CA Coors/Arena
November 7 Sacramento, CA AutoWest Amphitheatre
November 9 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
November 12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
November 14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre