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TOURING NEWS (Click on More to view all articles): They Said It Would Never Happen – Joe Jackson To Reunite His Original Band

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its formation, Joe Jackson and his original band — Gary Sanford (guitar), Graham Maby (bass) and Dave Houghton (drums) — are re-uniting for a new album and world tour slated for March/April 2003.

The Joe Jackson Band formed in 1978 and toured non-stop until its last show on December 15, 1980.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Tour Set

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform their entire new album,
"The Last DJ," Oct. 15 at Los Angeles' Grand Olympic Auditorium. The show will be videotaped and transmitted live by satellite to 38 U.S. movie theaters and will be simulcast live on radio stations in the US and Canada. The group will be backed by a full orchestra for the event. They will perform a second show at the venue on October 16, but it will not be broadcast. The new album is due October 8, and will be followed by a tour beginning October 30.

Tom Petty fall tour:

October 30 CA Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre
November 1 NV Las Vegas, Aladdin
November 2 AZ Phoenix, Desert Sky Pavilion
November 5 UT Salt Lake City, E-Center
November 7 WA Spokane, Spokane Arena
November 9 WA Tacoma, Tacoma Dome
November 10 OR Portland, Rose Garden
November 15 TX Houston, Compaq Center
November 16 TX Dallas, American Airlines Center
November 22 OH Columbus, Nationwide Arena

November 30 PA Philadelphia, Spectrum
December 6 MI Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills
December 9 MN St. Paul, Xcel Center
December 11 IL Chicago, United Center
December 13 NY New York, Madison Square Garden
December 14 MA Boston, Fleet Center

CCE To Promote Shakira In 30 Countries

Clear Channel Entertainment will promote Shakira on her first world-tour visiting 30 countries and 50 cities throughout 2002 and 2003. Beginning November 88 in San Diego, Shakira's North American tour will visit 30 cities through February with a European stop-over in December including dates in London, Cologne and Barcelona. Tour Of The Mongoose is sponsored internationally by Pepsi and Reebok and presented by MTV in North America.

Laundry Service, Shakira's explosive first recording written with English lyrics, has now sold 9 million albums worldwide. She has racked up award after award and the sales statistics are astounding: Quintuple Platinum – India and Venezuela; Quadruple Platinum – Canada, Columbia, Egypt, Spain and Switzerland; Triple Platinum – US and Australia; and Double Platinum in Central America, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Turkey.

Shakira's Tour of the Mongoose 2002 itinerary:

November 8 San Diego, CA Sports Arena

November 10 Phoenix, AZ America West

November 12 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond

November 13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

November 15 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center

November 18 Washington, DC MCI Center

November 20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

November 22 Detroit, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills

November 24 Philadelphia, PA First Union Center

November 25 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

November 27 Montreal, PQ The Bell Centre

November 28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

November 30 Boston, MA Fleet Center

December 2 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

December 10 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi

December 12 Cologne, Germany Cologne Arena

December 16 London, England Wembley Arena

Borodina Withdraws From 'Les Troyens'

NEW YORK (AP) — Lorraine Hunt Lieberson will replace Olga Borodina as Dido in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Berlioz's "Les Troyens."

Borodina, who performed as Dalila in Monday's opening-night gala, withdrew because she is pregnant.

Lieberson will be in the first four performances, starting Feb. 10, according to the Met's Web site, joined by Ben Heppner (Aeneas), Deborah Voigt (Cassandra), Elena Zaremba (Anna), Dwayne Croft (Chorebe) and Robert Lloyd (Narbal).

James Levine, the Met's artistic director, will conduction the performances, which commemorate the 200th anniversary year of Berlioz's birth on Dec. 11, 1803.

Visa Woes Cancel Cucho Valdes Concert

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — An Oct. 4 performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Chucho Valdes has been canceled because the federal government won't let the Cuban musician enter the United States.

A new federal law enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks prevented Valdes from getting the proper travel visa needed to embark on his American tour, which was scheduled for a stop at UNC-Chapel Hill next Friday.

Valdes was one of 22 Cuban musicians unable to obtain a visa in time to attend the Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last week. Valdes won for best pop instrumental album, his first Grammy after decades of work.

State Department officials said last week the performers weren't denied visas. Instead, they were required by a law enacted in May to clear a lengthy screening process, one that had not yet been completed.

At UNC, word came down late last week that Valdes, scheduled to kick off the Carolina Union's 2002-03 performance series, wasn't coming to town.

"It was a huge problem, a scramble," said Don Luse, director of the Carolina Union. "As a result, we have rescheduled another performer."

The university quickly chose a salsa and jazz act, Ray Barretto and New World Spirit, to fill the spot. Tickets for the Valdes performance will be honored at the Barretto appearance.

Rocktoberfest Concert Set For Florida On October 19

Rocktoberfest will take place October 19 at Fantasy of Flight in Lakeland, FL and is billed as "the ultimate one-day line-up of classic rock artists." The 12 hours of non-stop
rock will be performed live on dual stages, featuring performances by David Lee Roth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley, Joan Jett, Vince Neil (former singer of Motley Crue), Warrant, Firehouse, Quiet Riot and Dokken. Fantasy of Flight, an expansive picturesque setting, is centrally located in the heart of Florida where the climate is most temperate. It is one hour west of Orlando and one hour east of Tampa on Interstate 4.

Rocktoberfest takes place the same week as Biketoberfest in Daytona, Florida, which will give bikers and music fans one more event to enjoy in Florida.

The promoter is Woodfest Promotions founded in 1999 by Allan Wood and James Chapman, which brings nationally known musicians to central Florida for festival style events. They feel that they fill a niche overlooked or avoided by larger promotion companies.

Joan Jett Enlists For Fifth USO Tour

Joan Jett will return for the fifth time to the USO stage to perform for service members at "Operation Enduring

Freedom" Forward Operating Bases. The tour started September 23rd and winds down October 2nd. In addition to her performances, she will sign autographs, mingle with the troops and tour military facilities.

The USO and Armed Forces Entertainment partnered to make this tour possible, along with USO World Partners Anheuser- Busch, AT&T, BAE SYSTEMS, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, ESPN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, S&K Sales Company, USAA Foundation, VFW, Wal-Mart and The Walt Disney Company.

Merle Haggard Cancels 11 Concerts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Merle Haggard canceled 11 concerts this month because of back trouble, a spokesman said.

"Merle said he is sorry about this inconvenience … and he hopes everyone understands," said Lance Roberts, his booking agent.

Haggard, 65, has four herniated discs in his back and is at home in California resting and getting medical care, Roberts said Friday. More concerts could be canceled, depending on what treatment is prescribed.

September concerts had been scheduled in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn.; Washington; Atlanta; and other cities.

Haggard's hits include "Mama Tried" and "Okie From Muskogee."

He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tori Amos Sets Fall Headlining Tour

Tori Amos will embark on her On Scarlet's Walk headlining tour on November 7 in Tampa, Florida in support of her Epic Record's debut, Scarlet's Walk, which will be released on October 29. Featured on the tour will be long-time collaborators Jon Evans on bass and Matt Chamberlain on drums and percussion.

The album, Scarlet's Walk, is a journey in itself, a sonic novel in which each song represents a specific stop on the way across America. The central figure on the album is Scarlet, a woman who criss-crosses the country in search of answers, in search of herself. On Scarlet's Walk, Tori will bring the role of Scarlet to life.

Supporting Amos throughout the tour will be singer-songwriter Howie Day, who's debut album, Australia, was re-released by Epic Records on June 10, 2002.

Tori Amos' itinerary:

November 7 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

November 9 Melbourne, FL Maxwell C. King Center For Performing Arts

November 10 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Civic Center Theatre

November 12 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center

November 13 New York, NY TBA

November 15 Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront

November 16 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre

November 17 Providence, RI Providence Performing Arts Center

November 19 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena

November 20 Montreal, Quebec Molson Centre

November 22 Toronto, Ontario Sears Theatre at the Air Canada Centre

November 23 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre

November 24 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn

November 26 Cleveland, OH State Theatre

November 27 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

November 30 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium

December 1 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theatre

December 3 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater

December 5 Denver, CO Magness Arena

December 7 Salt Lake City, UT Ford Theater

December 9 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

December 10 Seattle, WA Key Arena

December 11 Portland, OR Childes Center

December 13 La Jolla, CA RIMAC Arena

December 14 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

December 16 Tempe, AZ Gammage Auditorium

December 17 Los Angeles, CA Universal Ampitheatre

December 21 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Dwight Yoakam Cancels Fall Tour For Film Commitment

Due to scheduling conflicts with Dwight Yoakam's acting commitment in a new film, the October and November tour schedule has been suspended. The dates may possibly be rescheduled during a 2003 tour.

Yes Keeps On Touring With Classic Lineup

Yes will kick off a brief second North American tour October.24 in Clearwater, FL and winding down November 8-9 shows in Upper Darby, PA.

As on its summer tour, the band's lineup remains the classic five-piece version of Yes: vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

"Touring with Rick again has been a lot of fun for us," Squire said in a statement.

"The band is playing better than ever, and the fans have really been responding well to the shows. We are really looking forward to the next leg of this tour, as we feel we're just getting started."