Music News: Week of January 25, 2011

The Cars are nearing completion on their first studio album in over twenty years and have finalized a deal with Concord Records. The album is slated for a May release.

Echo & The Bunnymen have announced US tour dates that will see them perform two early albums, 1980's Crocodiles and 1981's Heaven Up Here, in their entirety.

Echo & The Bunnymen Crocodiles/Heaven Up Here tour dates:

May 9: Paradise Club, Boston, MA
May 11: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
May 12: Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
May 13: Iriving Plaza, New York, NY
May 16: Phoenix Theatre, Toronto, ON
May 17: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
May 19: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
May 20: Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas, NV
May 21: Club Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
May 22: House of Blues, Anaheim, CA

After initial rumors had the band going into the studio with legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker, it seems that the current Roth-led Van Halen is cutting tracks with John Shanks (Chris Isaak, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Jessica Simpson).

Steve Earle has a tandem, album-book project set for April 26 release. Both are entitled "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive." The album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, is his first new album of original material since 2007's Washington Square Serenade. The track listing for the new album is:

"Waitin' On The Sky"
"Little Emperor"
"The Gulf of Mexico"
"God is God"
"Meet Me In The Alleyway"
"Every Part of Me"
"Lonely Are The Free"
"Heaven or Hell (with Allison Moorer)"
"I Am A Wanderer"
"This City"

February 22 sees the release of "Rough & Tumble", the new studio album from John Waite. In addition to featuring re-recorded versions of early solo material (including a great re-working of "Mr. Wonderful" from the Ignition album), the album includes five songs co-written by Matchbox Twenty's Kyle Cook.

The Foo Fighters completed work on their new studio album recently. Leader Dave Grohl announced that the Butch Vig-produced record will feature cameos from ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and ex-Husker Du guitarist Bob Mould. The band is set to begin a US tour in late May and hope to see the as-yet-untitled album released earlier that month.

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