NEW! TRACK LISTING FOR MADONNA'S  NEW ALBUM, GHV2

MADONNA MANIA

AMERICA ONLINE SPONSORING MADONNA TOUR

R.E.M. REVEALED

STATIC-X: A LEAN MEAN HARDCORE MACHINE

GOO GOO DOLLS

DEPECHE MODE

MARK TURNER

AMERICA ONLINE TO SPONSOR THE "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"

CLAY WALKER

JOSHUA REDMAN

MADONNA CONCERT NEWS


October 09, 2001 (Burbank) -- TRACK LISTING FOR MADONNA'S NEW ALBUM, GHV2

01. Deeper and Deeper 4:54
02. Erotica 4:33
03. Human Nature 4:31
04. Secret 4:30
05. Don't Cry For Me Argentina 4:50
06. Bedtime Story 4:07
07. The Power of Goodbye 4:11
08. Beautiful Stranger 3:57 (William Orbit Radio Edit)
09. Frozen 5:09
10. Take A Bow 4:31
11. Ray of Light 4:35
12. Don't Tell Me 4:40
13. What It Feels Like For A Girl 4:44
14. Drowned World (My Substitute for Love) 5:09
15. Music 3:45

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- MADONNA MANIA IN FULL FORCE

The U.S. leg of Madonna's DROWNED WORLD TOUR, has already sold out in the first five markets that went on sale this past weekend. The tour, promoted by SFX, promises to be the most extravagant stage spectacle of Madonna's career.

Over l00,000 seats were sold within hours in Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago and Oakland with ticket prices ranging from $45.00 to $250.00. Previously announced dates in Europe including Barcelona, Milan, Berlin, Paris and London also sold out in record time. The tour begins in Barcelona on June 9th.

Tickets in additional markets including Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Rutheford, NJ, Washington DC and Atlanta will be going on sale beginning May 20th.

Madonna, who will be touring for the first time in 8 years in conjunction with her multi-platinum smash Maverick/Warner Bros. CD MUSIC. Her current single, "What It Feels Like For A Girl" is No. 23 on the Billboard Hot l00 charts and is the No. 1 selling single on Billboard's Dance Chart.

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- AMERICA ONLINE TO SPONSOR THE "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"

Madonna Is Coming To Town And The First Place To Get Advance Tickets Is Through AOL
AOL To Bring Highlights Of The Pop Superstar's Tour And A Virtual Backstage Pass To Its Members

Both New And Current AOL Members Will Have The Chance To Buy Seats For U.S.
Dates Through Ticketmaster Before They Go On Sale To The General Public
NEW YORK, NY, and DULLES, VA, May 3, 2001 -- Madonna is hitting the road this
summer and America Online members are going along for the ride! America
Online, the world's leading interactive services company, in conjunction with
Bhakti Tours, Madonna's touring company, will be sponsoring MADONNA DROWNED
WORLD TOUR 2001, Madonna's first live concert tour in eight years, it was
announced today. Through this innovative relationship, and AOL's recent
alliance with Ticketmaster, AOL will be the first place to offer advance
tickets to shows in the U.S.* before they go on sale, and the only place for
exclusive ongoing coverage of Grammy-Award winner's concert performances.
Advance Madonna Tickets, Only On AOL!
The MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, which begins this summer with an
itinerary that will take the superstar throughout Europe -- where tickets
sold out in record time -- and across America, promises to be a celebration
of artistry, technology, light, sound and staging from one of the music
world's most visionary stars. For each U.S. concert date on the tour, America
Online is offering an exclusive opportunity for new AOL subscribers to
purchase up to two tickets beginning on Sunday, May 6 before they go on sale
to the general public. By calling Ticketmaster's toll-free number* for the
concert date and location nearest them, Madonna fans can join AOL and get
tickets on a first-come, first-sold basis. Current AOL members who want to
catch Madonna's act will also have a chance to buy a limited number of
tickets online on a first come, first-sold basis beginning Monday, May 7 (AOL
Keyword: Madonna) and to win tickets through a series of online contests and
promotions throughout the tour.
AOL Goes On Tour with Madonna!
On the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, promoted by SFX, Madonna will be
performing material selected from her current multi-platinum CD, MUSIC, her
previous smash CD, RAY OF LIGHT, as well as signature songs spanning the
length of her incredible career, and America Online will be there every step
of the way. Through onsite promotions at concert venues, attendees will have
the opportunity to learn more about AOL and the interactive medium; America
Online will also be prominently displayed in the Madonna tour book. The
MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 is her first live concert tour since 1993's
THE GIRLIE SHOW.
AOL Brings Madonna's Tour to Life Online!
AOL is planning to offer its members an exclusive virtual backstage pass to
the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001. From concert highlights to chats to
glimpses of the backstage area, Madonna and AOL hope to bring the excitement
of her concert tour to AOL members and users of America Online's family of
brands. The AOL Music Channel also plans to offer exclusive online content
related to the tour, including special downloads from the concerts, tour
pictures, video clips, interviews and much more.
"Madonna could not be more enthusiastic about returning to the stage this
summer," said Caresse Henry, Madonna's Manager. "I think that participating
with AOL on this tour is a great way to connect with her fans."
"Madonna is an amazing artist, and we're delighted to be a sponsor her
MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001," said Jonathan Sacks, President of AOL.
"Madonna has been a long-time innovator in harnessing the power of the
interactive medium to bring her music to the widest possible audience. Now,
AOL members who are Madonna lovers will have a one-stop destination to get
advance tickets to concerts, online access to the performances, chats and
interviews and much more. This is the kind of exciting event programming that
is the hallmark of our brands and is certain to be enjoyed by our millions of
members."
"Participating in MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 will bring tremendous
benefits to the millions of users of AOL's brands who love everything about
Madonna," said Kevin Conroy, Head of AOL Music. "This tour promises to be a
blockbuster, and we look forward to working on similar promotions with other
artists. AOL Music is proud to align with such an incredible and innovative
performer to promote her tour across America and Europe."
Consumers can call the following toll-free numbers to sign up for AOL and
order tickets for the tour dates listed below. Tickets are limited and sold
on a first-come, first-sold basis through Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TMCS).

* "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"
(Toll-free Numbers active as of Sunday, May 6)
TOLL-FREE # Location/Date of Concert
888-298-2321 Boston: Aug. 6 & 8, Boston Fleet Center
888-449-7733 Detroit: Aug. 25 & 26, Palace at Auburn Hills
888-316-8595 Philadelphia: July 21 & 22, Philadelphia First Union Center
888-449-7755 Chicago: Aug. 28 & 29, United Center
888-298-5852 Miami: Aug. 14 & 15, National Car Rental Center
888-449-7970 Las Vegas: Sept. 1 & 2, Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel
888-303-2121 Los Angeles: Sept. 9 & 11, Los Angeles Staples Center
N/A** Oakland: Sept. 5 & 6, Oakland Arena
888-449-0095 New Jersey: Aug. 2 & 3, E. Rutherford, Continental Airlines Arena
888-318-6646 New York: July 25 &26, Madison Square Garden
888-449-3644 Washington, DC: Aug. 10 & 11, MCI Center
888-449-6564 Atlanta: Aug. 19 & 20, Atlanta Philips Arena
** Tickets for the Oakland concert are not available through Ticketmaster for
this promotion.

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- R.E.M. REVEALED

"There's a beauty to artificiality," R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe is saying. "To combine that with music performed live and pull it off is no mean feat. I think we managed to do it in a way we'd have never attempted before now. It's warm and layered and analog but has a distance and breath to it that's modern and complete and liberating."

The subject at hand is Reveal, R.E.M.'s latest album and its seventh for Warner Bros. Records. Already receiving rave reviews, the follow-up to 1998's multi-million-selling Up contains 12 new songs that embody all the signature qualities of melody, songwriting, performance and production that have come to be synonymous with R.E.M.'s masterful output.

Recording of the new album began in the spring of last year and continued in various locales through early 2001. "We started the record in Vancouver, laying down the basic tracks, and then with a brief recording layover in Athens, we moved on to Dublin for most of the summer," explains Stipe. "I really wanted to work outside the U.S.— it felt like the record we were trying to make was more at home away from home. Sometimes distance brings clarity, and I didn't want to fall into writer's block by being in familiar surroundings. I'd jump on a plane whenever I got stuck. I'd go to Israel or France, Italy or Denmark, then come back, put it together and sing it."

Produced by the band and Pat McCarthy, who met R.E.M. as an engineer on Monster and has worked with them ever since, Reveal took on its final shape in Miami, home of 1992's Automatic for the People.

"The whole process unfolded very naturally," says guitarist Peter Buck. "We didn't sit around in the studio waiting for something to happen. When Michael was writing lyrics, I could be off recording or playing with my side project, Minus Five. We wanted this music to reflect exactly where we found ourselves at any given moment."

Since forming in the early '80s in Athens, GA, R.E.M. has been one of the most enduring, inspired and influential bands of its generation, steadily advancing from clubs and college radio to packed arenas and Grammy-winning recognition. Included in R.E.M.'s catalog on Warner Bros. are New Adventures In Hi-Fi (platinum); Green (double-platinum); Automatic For The People, Monster and Out Of Time (all quadruple-platinum).

But, the road R.E.M. has followed not been without its bumps. When founding drummer Bill Berry retired from the group in 1997 to spend more time with his family, the remaining members were faced with a dilemma: Replace one of their original foursome or call it quits. They did neither. Instead, they retreated to a San Francisco studio and recorded Up without a full-time drummer, and often without a drummer at all.

Says keyboardist Mike Mills of that transitional time: "We were thrown off stride. We had to get comfortable working as a trio and our last album reflected that process. We built those songs brick by brick, with plenty of overdubs. This time around, though, we were fully functioning as a group. For the new album, we played together in the studio, and I think the result has a warmer and more human dimension. There's real interaction, and you feel that listening to it."

That interaction was abetted by Beck band alum Joey Waronker on drums and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Ken Stringfellow (Posies) on keyboards and guitars. Of the three, who were initially enlisted by R.E.M. to help bring the songs of Up to the road, Buck says, "They knew what they were doing and that made all the difference."

Also of inestimable value to the new album is what Mills calls "a very strong batch of songs." "Of course, we're all constantly writing, but I'm particularly happy with the melodies we came up with this time around," he says. "It was something we were very conscious of going in and the music, in turn, suggested the organic feeling of the record. Sonically, for us, it's a real progression, and at the same time it reflects the best of our earlier work."

"The whole context was generally more relaxed," concurs Buck. "I think it's the result of experience, of letting the process pace itself. We left ourselves a lot of room to allow things to develop."

With the release of Reveal, says Stipe, the group finds itself, "incredibly happy." "The whole experience has been very liberating," he elaborates. "We've become acclimated to new conditions and potentials. That's a great place to be." It's a place that's elegantly mapped on Reveal in the crisp, clean colors and resonant imagery that suffuse its songs.

In its four-star review, Rolling Stone called R.E.M.'s new release "an album of gorgeous, woozily sun-struck ballads. Reveal won't need to grow on you thirty seconds into the opener, 'The Lifting,' you can tell these guys got lucky with the muse again." Already, "Imitation Of Life," the first single, is receiving major coverage at radio and video outlets, as well as on the hit NBC series ER. A promo tour with on-air performances is currently underway in key major markets, and both VH-1 and MTV are gearing up for a major season of R.E.M.-mania, with September slated to see MTV2 transformed into REMTV2 for a 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's videos and concerts.

Concludes Buck, "Having to reevaluate the group and the reason we were together gave us a whole new perspective on what we were doing. I think what we discovered is why we started this in the first place—we love our job."

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- STATIC-X: A LEAN, MEAN, HARDCORE MACHINE

The wait is over: The eagerly anticipated second album from goth-industrial-metal-rock wizards Static-X is in the wings. Featuring a dozen pounding new songs, Machine follows the band's platinum-certified Warner Bros. debut, the hair-raising Wisconsin Death Trip.

With the key track "Black And White" leading the assault, the band has been previewing cuts from Machine on a U.S. tour. European audiences will get a taste of Machine in May and June before the band returns Stateside to headline with Pantera through August.

How important is touring to this diehard live band? Wayne Static, vocalist/guitarist for the group, finds it hard to imagine life without the screaming din of approval. "I can't stress how much our fans have helped us get to this point," he says. "They have relentlessly told friends to check us out, have requested our songs, and have come to every show." It was during one onstage moment—in front of 16,000 people at the summer of 1999's Ozzfest—that Static had an epiphany. "I realized what it had taken to get to that point," he says. "Hard work—more work than I ever imagined. Our first album came out March 23rd, 1999—a day I will never forget. Up to that point, we'd had a total of eight days off since we'd started touring in support of the album in January." But, says Static, the rewards have been worth it. "I've spent my whole life working toward this," he explains. "This is all I've ever wanted to do, ever since I was seven years old, playing at my grade school talent show."

While it may not be easy to pin down the influences that inform Static-X's fearsome brand of hard, industrial rock, the roots of the group can be traced to the Midwest, where Static and drummer Ken Jay grew up. The two met in Chicago in 1990, introduced by (as-yet-unsigned) Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan, who shared a practice space with Static. From that point forward, Jay and Static were in several groups together. "Around the end of 1993, we realized that the Chicago scene wasn't working for us, so we decided to move to Los Angeles and get a fresh start," recounts Wayne. "We packed up all our stuff in the back of my pick-up truck and left during a blizzard. When we got to L.A. we realized we would have to start from the beginning and work our way up." That meant adding a full complement of players to the line-up and choosing a name. Soon, guitarist Koicki Fukada and bassist Tony Campos were on board as members of newly christened Static-X. Today, former Dope guitarist Tripp Eisen has replaced Fukada and can be heard on Machine.

Like many of its counterparts, Static-X gained a following through countless live performances. "When we finally began playing in the L.A. area, we realized that to play at clubs where people actually got a chance to see you was not nearly as easy as you'd think," recalls Wayne. "We were playing anywhere we could and usually there were maybe ten people there if we were lucky. Eventually, we had a following and were able to attract management." Soon after, Static-X signed with Warner Bros. and began recording with producer Ulrich Wild (Powerman 5000, Deftones, Pantera). Ulrich returns to share producer duties with Static on Machine.

Fans of Static-X can oil their Machines with a new documentary that has been popping up in theatrical release. The hour-long Where The Hell Are We And What Day Is It?—This Is Static-X traces the band's emergence from the Los Angeles underground and includes footage from backstage and the recording sessions for Wisconsin Death Trip.

Fun Fact: Rumor has it that Wayne, a native of Shelby, MI (the asparagus capital of the world), records his vocals in the nude.

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- GOO GOO DOLLS: Deja Goo

In the decade and a half since the Goo Goo Dolls first started making music together, the array of styles attributed to them has ranged from "passionate post punk" with "steel sharp hooks" to "shimmering rock n' roll" that's "emotional and honest."

But, whether you view the Goos from the vantage point of "rowdy barroom rock" with "street-smart songwriting" or "arena level megastars" who write "energetic, pop savvy melodies," the truth is, the Goo Goo Dolls have something for everyone as they amply demonstrate on their brand-new album of remixes, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce (1987-2000). Available on Warner Bros. Records, the jam-packed, 22-track anthology collects on one disc a distinctly diverse set of songs from the multi-platinum artists affectionately known as the Goos.

In all, 21 songs were remixed for the collection, with "Two Days in February" always a concert pleaser entirely re-recorded. "While we were remixing the songs, we thought it would be fun to do a studio version of that song," says John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar). "The original was recorded live outdoors and had a lot of background noise. On the new one, you don't hear cars driving by." In fact, "Two Days in February" helped serve as the impetus for bringing the album into being in the first place. The audience response to it and other songs is what encouraged the group to enter the studio in review of their collected works. "Making this record was like looking at a bunch of photo albums from high school," explains the band's Robby Takac (bass, vocals). "It had been such a long time since we'd even gone back and listened to the early records. But, they're what led us to our current situation, and we had a blast putting this together."

In showcasing the group's best loved tracks to fans new and old, the compilation draws from six critically acclaimed Goo Goo Dolls albums: the band's self-titled debut, Jed, Hold Me Up, Superstar Car Wash, A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up The Girl. "Listening to those records again brought back lots of memories for us," remarks Takac. "We tried to choose songs that were really meaningful to us and that we thought represented the band throughout that 13-year period." Indeed, cuts such as "Girl Right Next to Me," "Burnin' Up," "Eyes Wide Open" and "Bulletproof" not only attest to founding members Rzeznik and Takac's versatility as songwriters but demonstrate how the trio, which includes Mike Malinin (replacing original drummer George Tutuska), has developed musically. Nearly every track represents the Goos' flair for combining power punk guitar-driven rock with melodic pop hooks—a feat that has established them as one of the biggest success stories of the last decade.

The musical journey of the Goo Goo Dolls began in 1985. Raised with blue-collar ethics and formed in the midst of the rock alternative scene, the trio engendered a fiercely loyal following in and around its hometown of Buffalo, NY. While non-stop playing did eventually bring the band paying gigs farther afield, Takac can vividly recall the those lean, early years: "We'd go out on tour in a rented or borrowed van, and if we couldn't afford a motel, the van was where we'd eat and sleep," he says. "We depended on the kindness of fans who would offer us their apartments to take showers."

The group's first album, the independently produced Goo Goo Dolls, came out in 1987. Jed , which contained the frenzied "Up Yours" (included here), came out a year later. As the Goos began to attract major club audiences around the country, music critics began to take notice, too: The Los Angeles Times appropriately christened the band's sound "a roar of youthful rage, a big dose of tenderness."

In 1991, the Goo Goo Dolls attracted major attention when their third album, Hold Me Up, was released through a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. The album's varied musical approach only hinted at what the band was capable of in the songwriting department. More critical praise followed and the Goos embarked on a club tour with The Replacements. The next release, Superstar Carwash, in 1993, mixed working-class angst with self-effacing humor and explosive guitar work with catchy hooks. With Superstar? netting critical raves, the trio began to receive radio attention with the soaring "We Are the Normal," co-written by Rzeznik and The Replacements' Paul Westerberg. "Our only goal back then was just to play our songs and have a great time," recalls Takac. "Until Superstar? began to get noticed, we didn't really look toward the future or think about having any kind of real success as a band."

A fifth album by the group (now hailed as "America's best known unknown band") was released in March 1995. A Boy Named Goo, which included 11 hook-laden originals, was to become the turning point in the group's career. But, while the album's pulsating "Burnin' Up" and insightful "Flat Top" were proof that Rzeznik and Takac had arrived as songwriters, it wasn't until the summer of 1995—when the Rzeznik-penned "Name" became a radio staple—that the band finally, truly broke through. In November, "Name" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and the video became a staple of MTV and VH-1. "The album was out for almost eight months before 'Name' took off," remembers Rzeznik. "We were just about to give it all up and go back to our day jobs." The following spring, after ten years together and almost a year after the release of A Boy Named Goo, the group made its first trip to Europe; by the end of 1996, they had logged 22 months of non-stop touring.

The year 1998 brought a follow-up punch to the Goos' sweeping popularity when the compelling "Iris" made its appearance on both the soundtrack to the film City Of Angels and on the band's sixth release, Dizzy Up The Girl. "Iris," which would hold the No. 1 spot on six separate Billboard charts, would also go on to break radio airplay records. The massive success of the ballad, plus four other hits from the album ("Slide," "Black Balloon," "Dizzy" and "Broadway") brought more than a million radio plays and three Grammy nominations. To date, Dizzy Up The Girl has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

The frenzy is certain to pick up again with the group's plans to enter the studio this summer to record its seventh album of all-new material. In the meantime, fans everywhere can celebrate the collected works of a group whose proven career and incomparable recordings are increasingly gaining new listeners with What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce (1987-2000).

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) --DEPECHE MODE

It's been four years since Depeche Mode released an album of all-new material, but all that is about to change.

Exciter, the latest installment in a global career that boasts more than 50 million albums sold, signals an exhilarating new era of creativity for Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore. "I really wanted to bring something beautiful to these songs," says vocalist Gahan. "When you're singing a song, it's like you can just disappear into it. It's the only way I can describe it really."

Once again, Gahan immerses himself in his craft by diving into the lyrics of fellow member Gore. "For me, there are many dimensions to Martin's songs lyrically," says the singer. "I like the graphicness of them and the emotional terrain they cover: love lost, compulsion, control, denial, addiction, lust... Martin seems to be able to interpret those things in a way that is believable. And then I make it mine vocally, drawing from my own experiences and emotions."

As for Gore, his comment is that all of the new, expressively powerful songs revisit another familiar theme. "My songs are about relationships, because those are the things that are closest to me," he says. "That's the thing that moves me most, the thing I can write about most passionately. All I ever intend to do is move people, to somehow tap into their emotions." Much to Gore's satisfaction, Gahan brilliantly taps into the feeling behind the lyrics on Exciter, the first studio album from the band since its four-million-selling Ultra. "Dave has a voice that is really distinctive," says Gore. "It has a great tone to it, and he has a real aggression which I don't have, and that is really important for a rock star. That is really what Dave brings to our songs. Every voice is a different instrument, and he has a great sort of depth."

In addition to depth, a sense of adventure lies at the heart of the new album, which was recorded in Santa Barbara, New York City and London. Released on Mute/Reprise, highlights include "Dream On," the first single, which contrasts skittering beats with acoustic guitars; "The Sweetest Condition," which mixes a deep groove with a snaky rhythm and mysterious, psychedelic sounds; and the tension-building "When The Body Speaks," which matches sparely plucked guitars with startlingly intimate vocals by Gahan. Elsewhere, "Breathe," with Martin's lead vocal, has a torchy feel.

Chronologically, Exciter follows 1998's The Singles 86>98 greatest hits album and world concert trek (The Singles Tour), during which the band played 64 shows in 18 countries in front of more than a million fans. Exciter will be similarly supported with a five-month, 24-country tour kicking off June 19th.

Of the new tracks on Exciter, Gahan says "they could have been songs from various different years of Depeche Mode. It's almost like a 'greatest hits' of songs that haven't been released yet."

May 13, 2001 (Burbank) -- MARK TURNER

For serious lovers of hard-blowing sax, Dharma Days, the new album by Mark Turner, is just the elixir they seek. Energetic, enigmatic, uncompromising and alternately dark and bright, Dharma Days offers an eloquent exploration of mood and space on nine Turner originals.

The new album returns to the voyage of discovery charted in In This World, the artist's previous solo release on Warner Bros. Records. Says Turner: "I wanted to expand what I'd already done and add to it in terms of the compositions. But, I wanted to pare it down a bit, too, musically, as most of the other records that I've written original material for have always been with a quintet, with guitar and piano." For Dharma Days, Turner entered the studio with ace collaborators Reid Anderson on bass, Nasheet Waits on drums and Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar.

While all of Turner's music springs from a particularly personal place, the autobiographical nature of Dharma Days is evident just from the tune stack. "You'll notice," he says, "that a fair amount of the songs are named after places and people." Among them are the album's opener, "Iverson's Odyssey," which references Ethan Iverson, a piano player Turner has gigged with at Smalls in New York. "Ethan is one of my very favorite piano players and I was inspired to write the song because of a blues piece he had written," says Turner.

Another tribute is "Myron's World," an allusion to saxophonist Myron Walden. "I was taking a really short form and making it feel like a long tune," says Turner. "It's only 16 bars, and then there's a little relief section. There is fire in the tune because of the harmony, and the nature of the melody is kind of like something that Myron would play?at least the way I perceive him." "Jackie's Place," one of the most playful and wry compositions on Dharma Days, was inspired by Mark's mother-in-law's home.

Turner fans can not only bring his new album home but enjoy the Mark Turner Quartet on tour beginning May 22nd, when MTQ fulfills a week-long engagement at New York's Village Vanguard, followed by dates on the West Coast and beyond.

May 2, 2001 (Burbank) -- AMERICA ONLINE TO SPONSOR THE "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"

Madonna is hitting the road this summer and America Online members are going along for the ride! America Online, the world's leading interactive services company, in conjunction with Bhakti Tours, Madonna's touring company, will be sponsoring MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, Madonna's first live concert tour in eight years, it was announced today. Through this innovative relationship, and AOL's recent alliance with Ticketmaster, AOL will be the first place to offer advance tickets to shows in the U.S.* before they go on sale, and the only place for exclusive ongoing coverage of Grammy-Award winner's concert performances. Advance Madonna Tickets, Only On AOL!

The MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, which begins this summer with an itinerary that will take the superstar throughout Europe -- where tickets sold out in record time -- and across America, promises to be a celebration of artistry, technology, light, sound and staging from one of the music
world's most visionary stars. For each U.S. concert date on the tour, America Online is offering an exclusive opportunity for new AOL subscribers to purchase up to two tickets beginning on Sunday, May 6 before they go on sale to the general public. By calling Ticketmaster's toll-free number* for the concert date and location nearest them, Madonna fans can join AOL and get tickets on a first-come, first-sold basis. Current AOL members who want to catch Madonna's act will also have a chance to buy a limited number of tickets online on a first come, first-sold basis beginning Monday, May 7 (AOL Keyword: Madonna) and to win tickets through a series of online contests and promotions throughout the tour.

AOL Goes On Tour with Madonna!
On the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001, promoted by SFX, Madonna will be performing material selected from her current multi-platinum CD, MUSIC, her previous smash CD, RAY OF LIGHT, as well as signature songs spanning the length of her incredible career, and America Online will be there every step of the way. Through onsite promotions at concert venues, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about AOL and the interactive medium; America Online will also be prominently displayed in the Madonna tour book. The MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 is her first live concert tour since 1993's THE GIRLIE SHOW.

AOL Brings Madonna's Tour to Life Online!
AOL is planning to offer its members an exclusive virtual backstage pass to the MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001. From concert highlights to chats to glimpses of the backstage area, Madonna and AOL hope to bring the excitement of her concert tour to AOL members and users of America Online's family of brands. The AOL Music Channel also plans to offer exclusive online content related to the tour, including special downloads from the concerts, tour pictures, video clips, interviews and much more. "Madonna could not be more enthusiastic about returning to the stage this summer," said Caresse Henry, Madonna's Manager. "I think that participating with AOL on this tour is a great way to connect with her fans." "Madonna is an amazing artist, and we're delighted to be a sponsor her
MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001," said Jonathan Sacks, President of AOL.
"Madonna has been a long-time innovator in harnessing the power of the interactive medium to bring her music to the widest possible audience. Now, AOL members who are Madonna lovers will have a one-stop destination to get advance tickets to concerts, online access to the performances, chats and interviews and much more. This is the kind of exciting event programming that is the hallmark of our brands and is certain to be enjoyed by our millions of members."

"Participating in MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001 will bring tremendous benefits to the millions of users of AOL's brands who love everything about Madonna," said Kevin Conroy, Head of AOL Music. "This tour promises to be a blockbuster, and we look forward to working on similar promotions with other artists. AOL Music is proud to align with such an incredible and innovative
performer to promote her tour across America and Europe." Consumers can call the following toll-free numbers to sign up for AOL and order tickets for the tour dates listed below. Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-sold basis through Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TMCS).

* "MADONNA DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"
(Toll-free Numbers active as of Sunday, May 6)
TOLL-FREE # Location/Date of Concert
888-298-2321 Boston: Aug. 6 & 8, Boston Fleet Center
888-449-7733 Detroit: Aug. 25 & 26, Palace at Auburn Hills
888-316-8595 Philadelphia: July 21 & 22, Philadelphia First Union Center
888-449-7755 Chicago: Aug. 28 & 29, United Center
888-298-5852 Miami: Aug. 14 & 15, National Car Rental Center
888-449-7970 Las Vegas: Sept. 1 & 2, Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel
888-303-2121 Los Angeles: Sept. 9 & 11, Los Angeles Staples Center
N/A** Oakland: Sept. 5 & 6, Oakland Arena
888-449-0095 New Jersey: Aug. 2 & 3, E. Rutherford, Continental Airlines Arena
888-318-6646 New York: July 25 &26, Madison Square Garden
888-449-3644 Washington, DC: Aug. 10 & 11, MCI Center
888-449-6564 Atlanta: Aug. 19 & 20, Atlanta Philips Arena
** Tickets for the Oakland concert are not available through Ticketmaster for this promotion.

April 9, 2001 (Burbank) -- In The Moment with Joshua Redman

Never mind the "wünderkind" label, suffice to say he receives the kind of artistic respect reserved for the few and the fearless.

Hailed as "the crown prince of the tenor saxophone," Joshua Redman's star has steadily risen ever since he first stepped into the spotlight at the age of 20. Now, Redman returns to reconfirm his status as the most important sax player of his generation with Passage Of Time, the follow-up to his acclaimed, No. 1 jazz album Beyond.

An unbanded-and unbounded-continuous musical suite, Passage Of Time is born of the exciting and artful interplay between the artist and the members of his band, pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson-all of whom graced Beyond. Released on Warner Bros. Records, the new album is, as always, fresh, ferocious and fully realized.

As Redman describes it, the long-form "narrative" of Passage Of Time "tells a story from start to finish. It has themes and motifs that become topics for group discussion. It?s a long story comprised of smaller ones, discovered and articulated during the music-making process. The band speaks through conversations, and our dialogues give the music feeling, purpose and direction." Adds Joshua: "I see this piece as a journey that takes place in the moment, unfolding in real time. The pre-written parts constitute a map. We know as a band where we're going-the starting point, the ending point, the stops we need to make in the middle. What we don't know-and where the real inspiration and beauty of the music comes from-is what we're going to do along the way. That's the improvisation. Be it time or space, that?s the journey."

That Redman would invoke a metaphor for traveling should come as no surprise: The release of Passage Of Time punctuates a full year of touring and performing for the Grammy-nominated artist.
Joshua's own journey started 32 years ago. As the son of saxophonist Dewey Redman, it might have seemed that Joshua's musical vocation would be preordained-especially given the fact the younger Redman had picked up the tenor sax by age 10. However, the Joshua was well on his way to a seat at Yale Law School, having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard, when the decision to follow his heart became the decision of a career.

Perhaps it was winning the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at age 21, or, that same year having written his first serious jazz composition ("Sublimation"), but by age 22, Joshua's course was set. After signing to Warner Bros. Records, he released his debut album in 1992, kicking into overdrive a career that would include eight albums as a leader, a million-plus in sales, numerous awards and nonstop accolades.

All of which becomes easily understood after just one pass through Passage Of Time. From the opening-bell spiritualism of "Before" to the compelling urgency of "Free Speech," the ?50s impressionism of "Our Minuet," the wistfulness of autumns long gone in "Time" and the simmer-to-burn intensity of "Enemies Within," this newest creation from one of jazz's sharpest, most intellectual talents proves once again that, not only does Time wait for no one, neither does the genius of Joshua Redman.

April 9, 2001 (Burbank) -- Clay Walker

With this much emotion in every cut, theres probably no reason to say anything at all

But here goes: Say No More.
That's the title of the latest album from Giant Records country superstar Clay Walker. Coming on the heels of Live, Laugh, Love, which debuted in the Top Five in 1999 and went gold, Say No More offers the latest evidence why this tender Texan has become one of country's most successful artists.
"I put so much time and heart and soul into this album," confesses Walker. "I let it all hang out, gave everything I have to this. This album was difficult to make because I didn't hide the emotions I went through on every song. That's why I love singing-I'm actually living the songs while I'm singing them."
All told, Say No More follows four platinum and two gold albums, 11 No. 1 singles, eight-million-plus in album sales and five straight years for Walker on Billboard's year-end Top Ten Country list (a record unmatched in the same period by any other artist). Oh, and for several years as well, Clay-that rare country artist acclaimed in both traditional and contemporary circles-has been acknowledged as one of country's top box-office touring acts, too.

Not bad for guy who still remembers life on the road as a hungry musician as if it were yesterday. "If you go into a bar in Texas, you?ll see people dancing to George Strait," says Clay, "but you?ll also see the same cowboys dancing to old-time rock and roll. When I was playing those bars, I lived from paycheck to paycheck, and I knew that if those people weren?t dancing, I wasn?t going to get paid." With the help of co-producers Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), Blake Mevis and Brent Mason, not only does Walker set the room to dancing, he sets it on fire-from the first single "Say No More," with its edgy chord progression, to his stunning Spanish-language cover of "La Bamba" and on to the can?t-get-it-out-of-your-head melody of "If You Ever Feel Like Lovin' Me Again" and the honky tonk of "Rough Around The Edges."

"Before, I was walking along a fence," Walker says. "Now, I feel like I've jumped into the tall grass and I'm the hunter. I've always loved what I do, but now I'm back in love with the music. It?s passionate again. This album is more about real situations; it's more where people live, nothing dreamy, nothing slick. There's emotion in every single cut, and that's the most important thing about a record."
Say No More.

March 29, 2001 (Burbank) -- MADONNA TO THE MAX: SUMMER TOUR BRINGS SUPERSTAR BACK ON STAGE HER FIRST IN EIGHT YEARS

Madonna will embark on an extensive international concert tour this summer, with an itinerary that will take the superstar throughout Europe and across America with what promises to be one of the most extravagant stage spectacles of her career. The heavily rumored and frantically anticipated tour, her first in 8 years, will be promoted by SFX and is slated to begin in early June with a series of shows in Europe, then continue from coast to coast across the US beginning late July. A complete schedule of these landmark events will be announced within weeks.

Widely considered amongst the greatest performers in modern musical history, Madonna's cutting edge concert productions are an ecstatic celebration of light and sound; staging and choreography; artistry and technology, all combining to create a total entertainment environment.

Following hot on the heels of her smash multi-platinum Maverick / Warner Bros. Records release, Music, featuring the chart topping title track as well as "Don't Tell Me" and the mega-star's latest single "What It Feels Like For A Girl," Madonna's summer itinerary marks the first time the epochal artist has embarked on a live concert tour since 1993's The Girlie Show. And history is certain to repeat itself once again, with instantly SRO sell-outs whenever and wherever Madonna appears.

Madonna is expected to perform material from Music, as well as a selection of signature songs spanning the length of her incredible career in a cutting edge concert setting that will the continue the tradition of trend setting innovation that has become synonymous with Madonna, in the studio and on the stage.


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