Over the years, fans of Van Halen have dreamt of a tour with David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar on the same stage. Some even thought about the tour without the other members. Now Hits reports that Irving Azoff has secured the Sam and Dave show, a tour that will feature former Van Halen vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar performing with their respective bands.
Nancy Wilson to Take a Break
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Fifty years after she began her professional music career on a Columbus television show, jazz singer Nancy Wilson says it's time to relax a bit.
Wilson told the Chillicothe Gazette she's tired of having an itinerary and that she wants to spend more time at home with her family.
Her publicist, Lynn Coles, said Wednesday that Wilson will continue as host of her jazz show on National Public Radio and is expected to release another album later this year. However, Coles said, Wilson "absolutely, positively plans to cut back her schedule" later this year.
The 65-year-old got her first paid gig while still a student at West High School in Columbus. She was chosen to represent the school at a singing contest, but the judges told her to skip the contest and instead invited her to sing twice a week for 13 weeks on "Skyline Melody," a local Columbus TV show.
She sang in local clubs and cabarets until 1959, when she left Ohio for New York. A year later, Wilson married and moved to California to record for Capital Records.
In the more than 40 years since, Wilson has recorded 60 albums and hosted her own musical variety program, "The Nancy Wilson Show" on television.
Young Flu Delays Band's Concerts
Neil Young has the flu so Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young concerts in Washington and Oregon have been postponed for a month.
The shows, scheduled at the Tacoma Dome in Washington on Friday and Portland's Rose Garden Arena on Sunday, have been rescheduled for April 28 and April 29 respectively.
The shows would have been the last two on the first leg of the group's "Tour of America," scheduled to resume March 26 at the America West Arena in Phoenix.
Young and other members of the band will probably return home for a break, publicist Michael Jensen said from his office here.
"They're all anxious to get a few days rest," he said.
The tour started Feb. 6 and is scheduled to end April 29.
Other band members are David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the late 1960s and early 1970s. After nearly two decades apart, they got back together and released the album "Looking Forward" in October 1999.
VANS Warped Tour '02 Kicks Off June 21
Heading into its eighth year, the VANS Warped Tour '02 will kick off June 21 in Boise, Idaho and wrap August 18 in Detroit, Mich. This year, Warped has expanded to 47 cities in North America and returns to its punk rock roots while continuing to incorporate expanded youth culture lifestyle booths and extreme sports athletes into the touring festival.
This year's line-up features VANS Warped Tour veterans Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, Good Charlotte, Lagwagon, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, MXPX, New Found Glory, No Use for a Name, NOFX and Reel Big Fish, as well as up-and-comers Alkaline Trio, Causualities, Morgan Heritage, Ozma, Quarashi, Something Corporate, The Used, Thrice and Thursday. While attendance continues to grow — over 460,000 fans attended the tour last year — ticket prices remain low. Tickets this year are around $25, same as last year. For a limited time fans can purchase discounted tickets via www.warpedtour.com before on-sale dates.
"When putting the bill together, I started looking at it like comfort food," says tour organizer Kevin Lyman. "It's like the comfort Warped; it's all the bands that you've really grown to love on the Warped Tour. They're all part of it this year and you know they're going to put on a great live show. At the same time, we've added some great new groups. As always, the minute the doors open, the show goes off, but this year I don't think you want to miss a minute of it."
Returning attractions to this year's tour include "Reverse Day Care," where fans can leave their parents while they go and enjoy the show, and "Warped Are They Now?" — a traveling museum of VANS Warped Tour memorabilia including photos, old tour posters and merchandise. A new addition to this year's outing is the "Pirate Zone," a water-themed area that includes a giant slip-n-slide, misting tent and a chance to dunk the musicians or athletes on the tour in a dunk tank.
"Last year was the hottest one in the history of the tour so we're bringing out a whole slip-n-slide area out to try and keep the kids cooler," says Lyman.
"We're really trying to take the Warped Tour back to the fans," he continues. "The kids realize they still have a lot to say about what goes on. A lot of them are doing things on the tour this year. There's a kid who created a bag check because he visualized that fans need a place to store their stuff while at the show."
A special addition to this year's tour will be a Warped Tour memorabilia book, which will enable fans to tap into the history of the tour. The book will feature road stories from bands and tour staff, as well as behind-the-scenes photos and other memorabilia collected during the past seven years. The book will only be available at Warped Tour shows.
As in the past, the VANS Warped Tour '02 will feature extreme sports demonstrations by pros such as skaters Steve Cabellaro, Mike Frazier, Neal Hendrix, Ruda Lopes, roller skater Brian Wainwright, BMXers Rick Thorne, Dave Romwell, Mike Mancuso, Mountain Bikers Daniel Drain, Aaron Lutze and Moto X riders Beau Manley, Shawn Highland, Ryan Hanson and others.
Mary Wilson Tours in Broadway Show
NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Wilson has been a Supreme; now she's a sophisticated lady.
The former Motown star is touring the country in a version of "Sophisticated Ladies," the 1980s hit Broadway musical based on the music of jazz great Duke Ellington.
"It really is about the Cotton Club in Harlem and what was going on in the 20s and the 30s," Wilson told The Associated Press on Friday.
Wilson, who was one-third of the Supremes, said it was difficult to get the play off the ground when the economy soured after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We really only got it started Feb. 4th, so it's been going great," she said. "But boy, was it hard."
Although Wilson has toured for decades, this is her first time doing so with a play.
"It's almost like going back to school," she said. "It's a good kind of learning experience and discipline."
The play finishes its run in May, but Wilson hopes to go back on the road with it in the fall.