Quick Hits: Jay-Z, U2, Kid Rock, Ministry / Killing Joke, Atreyu, John Mellencamp
October 22, 2007


Jay-Z has announced a brief tour next month to promote his new album, American Gangster, which was inspired by the upcoming film of the same name. The five-city tour will find the J-Hova playing smaller clubs and reportedly only performing material from the new record. Jay will play Los Angeles on November 6, Chicago on November 7, Baltimore on November 9, New York City on November 11 and Philadelphia on November 12.

U2 have announced the details on next month's 20th anniversary re-release of The Joshua Tree. On November 20, the classic album will be out in four different formats: a re-mastered CD with expanded liner notes and photographs, a double 12" vinyl record, a deluxe edition with a second disc of 14 b-sides and demos and a limited edition box set containing the two CDs along with a DVD including a live performance from Paris on July 4, 1987 and the documentary Outside It's America. The box set will also have a 56-page hardback book including even more liner notes, photographs, handwritten lyrics from Bono and an essay about The Joshua Tree by The Edge.

Kid Rock was arrested for a Waffle House altercation in Atlanta on Sunday morning when
he and his entourage reportedly beat up a fellow customer. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fight happened about 5:15 a.m. when a male customer recognized a woman in Rock's entourage and began exchanging words with her. Kid Rock joined in the altercation, which soon escalated into a fight between the rocker and the man, Harlen DeJon Akins. Soon, five other men in Kid's crew jumped into the fray, and the fight spilled into the parking lot. Police later charged Rock and his five friends with simple battery. The 36-year-old rocker was released from DeKalb County Jail on Sunday afternoon after posting a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge, says the Constitution-Journal. Akins, the customer who suffered minor cuts and bruises in the fight, faces a more serious charge because he punched a window of the restaurant and broke it. Because the pane cost more than $500, Akins was charged with a felony criminal damage to property.

Ministry bassist Paul Raven, 46, was found dead on Saturday in a private home in a small
village on the Swiss border. Initial reports indicate Raven's passing was due to a heart attack. Raven, who was known also for his work with Killing Joke and Prong, was in Geneva working with French industrial act Treponem Pal. Ministry just put out their latest and final album, The Last Sucker, in September. Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen commented, "I am in total shock. The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest dearest friends. Our condolences and prayers go to his immediate family. He will be truly missed by artists, musicians and his fans the world over." Raven's newest project, Mob Research, featuring members of Warrior Soul and The Mission UK, is scheduled for release on Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records in 2008. It was in the final mixing and mastering phases at the time of Raven's sudden passing. A memorial dedicated to Raven can be found at thirteenthplanet.com.

Atreyu guitarist Dan Jacobs has launched his own ROKK clothing line where fans can find vintage-style t-shirts. "I have always been a fan of vintage rock t-shirts but they are expensive and hard to find," said Jacobs. "I started ROKK clothing to make it easy and cheap to get vintage style t-shirts again." Check out the designs at BringTheRokk.com.

John Mellencamp will be honored by ASCAP with the organization's Champion Award "for music in the service of humanity" at the 11th annual ASCAP Foundation Awards on December 12. ASCAP Foundation President Marilyn Bergman said, "John Mellencamp has always been known as a 'people’s artist,' a performer who touches a common chord across class, age and regional lines. In helping to establish Farm Aid, he was instrumental in bringing awareness of the plight of small farmers to wide attention. His fearless advocacy on issues ranging from peace to racial prejudice is to be applauded. For these reasons and more, we are proud to present John with the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award for music in the service of humanity."

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