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TOURING NEWS (Click on More to view all articles): Marsalis Family 2003 Tour Set

Ellis Marsalis and his offspring – Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Wynton are ready to launch their first-ever tour together in February, as first reported here (CelebrityAccess, March 8, 2002).

Booked by Ted Kurland Associates, the concerts will take place in U.S. and Canadian performing art centers, and are in support of their February 4 album, The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration (Marsalis Music), a PBS special to premiere February 20, and DVD release.

All four events were inspired by and document the historic August 2001 New Orleans at Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena concert that marked Marsalis' retirement from his teaching duties at the University of New Orleans, and the school's establishment of a chair in his name.

Marsalis Family 2003 Tour Dates:

February 23 Ottawa, ONT National Arts Centre
February 24 Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
February 25 Montreal, QC Wilfrid Pelletier Hall
February 27 Schenectady, NY Proctor's
February 28 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre (Ellis Marsalis & Sons:
A Benefit Concert for the Syracuse Partnership to Reduce
Juvenile Gun Violence)
March 1 Newark, NJ NJPAC
March 2 Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
March 3 Boston, MA Symphony Hall, Celebrity Series

Gill Sets 17-Date, Intimate Tour

Vince Gill starts an 17-city, 19-show concert tour January 30 at the Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, where he will perform for three nights. The intimate tour will be in theaters and clubs before audiences of 1,000 or less.

Vince Gill concert itinerary:
January 30-February 1 NV Las Vegas, Boulder Station Casino

February 4 CA Los Angeles, House Of Blues

February 7 CO Denver, Paramount Theater
February 13 NY New York, Irving Plaza
February 14 MA Boston, Paradise Club
February 15 PA Philadelphia, Trocadero
February 16 DC Washington, 9:30 Club
February 17 MD Baltimore, Recher Theatre
February 22 MN Minneapolis, Pantages

February 23 IL Chicago, House Of Blues

February 24 MI Detroit, Royal Oak Theatre
February 25 ON Toronto, Massey Hall
March 1 GA Atlanta, Earthlink Live
March 2 FL Plant City, Strawberry Festival
March 7 TX Dallas, TBA
March 8 MS Biloxi, Beau Rivage Resort Casino
March 9 LA New Orleans, House Of Blues

Whitesnake/Scorpions/Dokken To Launch Winter Tour

For the first time in more than 12 years, Whitesnake is returning to the concert road, this time co-headlining with The Scorpions, and closing the shows. The tour presently runs January 29-February 28, with more dates tba. Dokken will open all shows.

The new Whitesnake has been reformed by singer/founder David Coverdale with a lineup that includes former Whitesnake drummer Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy), guitarists Doug Aldrich (Dio, Lion) and Reb Beach (Alice Cooper, Winger), bassist Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy) and keyboardist Timothy Drury (Eagles, Don Henley). Whitesnake last toured the States in 1990.

Whitesnake/Scorpions/Dokken Tour Dates:
January 29 Jacksonville, FL Sports Complex
January 31 West Palm, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
February 1 Estero, FL TECO Amphitheatre
February 2 Tampa, FL St. Petersburg TimesForum
February 4 Pensacola, FL Civic Center
February 5 Bosier City, LA Century Tell Center
February 7 Grand Prarie, TX Next Stage @Grand Prairie
February 8 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
February 9 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
February 11 Albuquerque, TX Tingley Coliseum
February 12 El Paso, TX UTEP
February 14 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
February 15 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
February 18 San Jose, CA Compac Center
February 19 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
February 21 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
February 22 Los Angeles, CA Universal Amphitheatre
February 25 Denver, CO Magness Arena
February 27 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
February 28 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

Lightfoot Recovering From Bleeding

TORONTO (AP) — Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is back home and recovering more than three months after being hospitalized for serious abdominal bleeding

Longtime manager Barry Harvey said Lightfoot, known for hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Sundown," was in "good spirits."

"He's up and walking around. He's doing really well, considering where he's come from," Harvey said Friday.

Lightfoot, 64, was flown to McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, on Sept. 8 with internal bleeding from a weakness in an abdominal blood vessel. He went home Thursday.

The surgeon who operated on Lightfoot said he was pleased to see him move on to the next phase of recovery.

"Mr. Lightfoot's physical fitness and personal strength have helped him overcome a life-threatening condition," said Dr. Michael Marcaccio, a gastrointestinal specialist.

Lightfoot, his wife, and two young children asked that further details about his condition remain confidential. "He's requesting his privacy, especially with Christmas coming up," said Harvey.

The illness forced Lightfoot, whose accolades include 17 Juno awards, the Order of Canada and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, to cancel performances in Canada and the United States.