Amy Winehouse Cancels Coachella Performance

Amy Winehouse will not be performing at this year’s Coachella Music Festival. The troubled singer didn’t actually bail on her fans this time though, instead she was denied a visa because of all her legal woes. This particular woe involves settling charges brought against her by a former fan who Amy assaulted (punched in the face) in September of 2008. Guess it’s back to St. Lucia for you, Amy!

U2 Tour Dates

As you may have seen, U2 has been ridiculously busy of late. First Bono saved the world, then they announced that the band will be releasing not one but two new albums this year, they played a secret-ish show last week at Fordham University, and now their world tour dates have been announced. The tour will kick off on June 30 in Barcelona and the band will be supported by Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Black Eyed Peas at various dates. So far the band has only released dates through August, but more North America dates are expected to be announced soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup Announced!

Pitchfork Media has posted some of the lineup for this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival will take place in Chicago’s Union Park July 17-19 and actually has a pretty cool feature called “Write the Night: Set Lists by Request.” Beginning on Friday, March 13, and ending on June 12, when a ticket is purchased a confirmation e-mail will be sent including a link that will allow you to vote on which songs the bands will play. Ah, Pitchfork, always bringing the power to the people.

The Schedule (so far):
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
Pharoahe Monch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Vivian Girls

Iron Maiden Concert Ignites Riot in Bogota

First, it turns out that Iron Maiden is still around (who knew?) and they apparently cause rioting. On Saturday, March 7, Iron Maiden was set to play a show at Simon Bolivar Park in Bogota, Colombia. Before the show began, ticket-less fans gatecrashed the 25,000 person venue. Riot police were called in and actually had to use tear-gas to suppress the rioting as fans threw rocks at them.

The chaos resulted in 111 fans being arrested and one police officer requiring reconstructive surgery. The riot has spurred authorities to debate whether heavy metal acts should be allowed to play in Bogota. Usually I would say that is a ridiculous debate, but this time I think the authorities may be on to something. Seriously, more than 25,000 people wanted to see Iron Maiden so badly they rioted? WTF?

March 10th CD Releases

Anarbor Free Your Mind [EP]
Ballas Hough Band BHB
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted
Chris Cornell Scream
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
The-Dream Love vs. Money
Handsome Furs Face Control
Taylor Hicks The Distance
Jadakiss The Last Kiss
Julien-K Death To Analog
New Found Glory Not Without A Fight
Madeleine Peyroux Bare Bones
Razorlight Slipaway Fires
Anni Rossi Rockwell
Roxy Epoxy And The Rebound Band-Aids For Bullet Holes
Zoroaster Voice Of Saturn

U2 Rock Out at Fordham University

Just two days ago, Fordham University's snow-covered Keating steps were the site of tired students trudging up to the grandiose building to take midterms in subjects like philosophical ethics or advanced Spanish language and literature.

But early this morning, the steps were home to rock and roll royalty as U2 performed there as part of today's Good Morning America Broadcast. Although blogs like Brooklyn Vegan had reported that U2 was coming to the Bronx over a week ago, the college itself only officially confirmed the concert two days ago on March 4, which gave the event an air of secrecy.

More of the Boss

In the hopes of adding an exciting complement to its upcoming induction ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has convinced Bruce Springsteen (inducted in 1999) to assist in their launch of a new exhibit dedicated solely to his greatness. Yep, they asked the Boss to help contribute to an exhibit…completely and entirely based on him. I could only dream of that kind of narcissistic enabling.

The hall on Friday announced plans to open the exhibit "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" on April 1, three days before the hall holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland. Featuring various memorabilia from Springsteen, the exhibit is expected to run through the spring of 2010.

Andrew Bird Graces Radio City

Andrew Bird, the multi-instrumentalist from Chicago whose "Noble Beast" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 in January, has added new dates to his continuous touring schedule.

Bird will make his appearance at Radio City Music Hall on June 17. His early summer tour also includes appearances at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston and the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta. Tickets for all the shows go on sale today, March 6, through Ticketmaster.

Since the release of "Noble Beast," his eight studio album and second on Fat Possum, Bird has expanded his live touring band from a trio to include Mike Lewis on bass, clarinet, and vocals. Lewis joins fellow Minneapolis natives Martin Dosh (drums, keyboards) and Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, vocals) in the group.

No Stopping on the Horizon

Billboard has revealed that Kiss The Future, U2's world tour in support of its new album "No Line on the Horizon," will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona. Details of the tour will be announced March 9.

The tour itself boasts quite a few new tricks, including a 360-degree audience configuration, ambitious staging and a cylindrical video screen. “We’re very excited about the idea to go on the road with this album,” the Edge said. “It’s an album that I think is going to translate so well to the live context. The songs we’ve tried in rehearsal are sounding fantastic, so that’s got everyone really fired up.”

King of Pop Returns

Michael Jackson has confirmed a 10 show concert series at London's O2 arena during a press conference at the venue, describing it as the "final curtain call."

As befitting the legendary King of Pop, hundreds of screaming fans turned up for the announcement alongside a swell of media, after promoters AEG Live posted a message on the 23,000-capacity venue's Web site inviting people to attend.

"Thank you all... this is it," said Jackson. "I just wanted to say, these will be my final show performances in London. When I say this is it, it really means this is it. I'll be performing the songs my fans want to hear. This is it, this is really it, this is the final curtain call." Perhaps my journalistic prowess is causing me to read too far into things, but I think he might be trying to say that this will be his final show.