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by Unknown // Friday, February 24, 2006 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

AIC

The surviving members of Alice In Chains are hitting the road this summer for the first time since frontman Layne Staley's death from a drug overdose in 2002. With Staley, Alice In Chains' last tour was in 1996. Since then, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney have only taken the stage together once, at a February 2005 tsunami benefit show in Seattle.

According to Cantrell's official Web site, the lone reunion show confirmed at present is the Nova Rock Festival in Austria on June 28, alongside such heavy-hitters as Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age and Massive Attack.

The trio will warm up for its summer dates with a March 10 performance in Atlantic City, N.J., as part of a VH1 "Decades Rock" episode devoted to Heart. For that show, Staley's shoes will be filled by Call Of The Wild singer William DuVall, who also doubles as a member of Staley's touring band.

It is understood that while DuVall is in consideration to sing on the summer dates, a final decision has not yet been made.

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Billboard.com

by Unknown // Thursday, February 23, 2006 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

ipod

Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store has passed the 1 billion-download mark, less than three years after it launched and just days before a planned press event where the company will unveil new consumer products.

The milestone was reached when Alex Ostrovsky from West Bloomfield, Michigan downloaded Coldplay's "Speed of Sound." He received a 20-inch iMac, 10 iPods and a $10,000 gift card good for any item or song on the iTunes Music Store. Additionally, Apple has established a scholarship fund to the Juilliard School of Music in his name.

On Feb. 28, Apple will unveil new products at an invitation-only event at its Cupertino, Calif. Campus. Speculation has already run wild about the expected new items, with the possibility of a touch-screen video iPod leading the charge.

The first video iPod was considered a half-step evolution that brought video to what is still primarily billed as a music device. The rumored new video iPod is expected to be a dedicated video device with a larger screen that features on-screen navigational controls.

By Antony Bruno, L.A.
Taken from Billboard.com.

by Unknown // Tuesday, February 21, 2006 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

NIN

Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Death Cab For Cutie, Queens Of The Stone Age, the Flaming Lips, the Shins, Ben Harper, Arctic Monkeys and Matisyahu lead the bill for the fifth Sasquatch! Festival, which will be held May 26-28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. The event will also feature Sufjan Stevens' only scheduled performance of the summer.

Although the full lineup is still taking shape, the Decemberists, HIM, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Rogue Wave, Gomez, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Nada Surf, Wolfmother, the Tragically Hip, Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Constantines and We Are Scientists are all confirmed to appear.

Sasquatch! tickets go on sale March 4 via Ticketmaster.

This article was taken from Billboard.com.