Rapper Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) is divorcing his wife Kim for the second time. The couple ended their first marriage in 2001, then remarried this past January. Eminem is seeking joint custody of their daughter, 10-year-old daughter Hailie Jade.
On April 5, 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Pitney died while on tour in Wales. He was 65. Pitney is best known for such 1960s hits as "Town Without Pity," "Only Love Can Break a Heart" and "It Hurts To Be In Love." In the early 1960s, he wrote songs that became major hits for Bobby Vee, Ricky Nelson and the Crystals. In 1965, Pitney appeared on the Country chart twice with duets he recorded with legendary singer George Jones.
On April 11, Toby Keith will release his latest album White Trash With Money. It's the first collection released on his own Show Dog Records, which he formed last year after leaving DreamWorks Records. Toby says he titled the album after a comment that was made to him about a year ago. He told an interviewer, "It hurt my wife's feelings; we're classy people. It makes her sick that I'm putting that title on here, but that's the strength I draw to. What you think is my big weakness does nothing but drive and compel me to be bigger and better. I'm just like, 'OK, that's gonna be the title of my next album.' And when we sell millions of albums, I'll laugh all the way to the bank."
Three original members of the James Gang have announced they'll reunite for a U.S. tour. The outing will be their first in 35 years. Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters will kick off their trek on August 9 in Morrison, Colorado. Before the James Gang's tour begins, Joe Walsh will perform 18 European shows with his current band, the Eagles.
Madonna has released more details about her upcoming world tour, which will support her latest album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Concerts will begin on May 21 in Los Angeles. She says she plans "to turn the world into one big dance floor," with concerts that will be "all out disco, with lots of disco balls." North American dates are scheduled to run through July 22. European shows will begin on July 30.
On April 10, the 2nd annual Musicians on Call benefit auction will be held at Sotheby's in New York. Rob Thomas and Gavin DeGraw will perform at the event. Up for auction are autographed items donated by Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Nelly and others, plus a trip to Barry Manilow's new Las Vegas show. The Musicians on Call organization provides live and recorded music to patients in hospitals.
Elton John and his partner David Furnish are selling clothing and accessories from their wardrobes to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The five-day sale will take place April 11-15 at New York's Rockefeller Center.
On April 10, Country Music Television will hand out its 2006 CMT Music Awards. Leading this year's contenders are Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins and Carrie Underwood with three nominations each. Performers on the live CMT telecast will include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and many top Country stars. During the ceremony, Hank Williams, Jr. will receive the Johnny Cash Visionary Award, which honors artists for their career achievements.
The 4th Volvo For Life Awards will take place on April 12 at the Rainbow Room in New York. The awards honor national heroes in three categories - safety, environment and quality of life. Pop/rock singer Avril Lavigne, who is currently working on her third album, will perform at the event.
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Earlier this year, Country legend Don Williams announced plans to perform his final overseas. After spending more than 30 years on the road, he says it's time to spend more time on his Tennessee ranch. Don will begin his U.K. farewell tour on April 14 in Glasgow, Scotland. Concerts are scheduled to wrap up in Manchester, England on May 11. Don will kick off a 28-city U.S. tour on June 23.