MP3.com Announces Launch of Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos '5 1/2 Weeks Tour'
Opening Acts Hand Picked by Headliners Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos Are Part of MP3.com's Community of Artists
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP - news) today announced that Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos have launched their highly anticipated ``5 1/2 Weeks Tour.'' The 26-city tour, which is co-sponsored by MP3.com, will begin on August 18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and wrap up in Los Angeles on September 26. Along with performances by headliners Alanis Morisette and Tori Amos, concerts will include sets from five talented new artists handpicked by Alanis and Tori from the MP3.com music community.
The five opening artists will each take roughly one week of support slots on the ``5 1/2 Weeks Tour.'' Commenting on the ``5 1/2 Weeks Tour,'' Robin Richards, president and chief operating officer of MP3.com said, ``We're excited to be able to provide these artists with the opportunity to perform in front of arena-sized crowds and showcase their music to tens of thousands of potential fans. This is consistent with our mission to create a reciprocal sense of community between artists and music enthusiasts.''
MP3.com has teamed up with Best Buy, also a co-sponsor of the tour, to
create a technology road show to showcase internet-delivered digital music
technology at tour sites.
Fans will be able to visit an interactive
technology tent for a hands-on demonstration of the latest MP3 technology.
They will also be able to visit a number of the touchscreen kiosks in the tent
to send an exclusive Alanis/Tori digital postcard to a friend, among other
THE MP3.COM OPENING ACTS WILL INCLUDE: LOTUSLAND: Comprised of members of the former TAG/Atlantic act Ugly Beauty, Lotusland combines Christy Schnabel's haunting vocals with a dark musical element to create a unique brand of eerie Alterna-pop. GRETA GAINES: The first Women's Extreme Snowboard Champion (Valdez, Alaska, 1992), Greta Gaines now channels her extreme energy into a more mellow songwriting craft, delivered with a passionate vocal style. SCI-FI LULLABY: Under the name Ultrahorse, Sci-Fi Lullaby recorded a critically acclaimed album for 911 Entertainment that showcased its penchant for writing catchy alternative rock and synth hybrids with pop sensibilities. CHLOROPHYLL: Taking cues from both modern rock and traditional folk styles, Chlorophyll is branding themselves as "an accessible cross between Radiohead and Jeff Buckley" -- a comparison they easily live up to. RAY LANE: British native Ray Lane is a consummate storyteller, utilizing the platform of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock to spin tales of life, love, loss and redemption without sacrificing an upbeat musical edge.
In addition to introducing these opening acts to the world, MP3.com has designed an exclusive concert website (www.alanisandtori.com) to promote and host tour events, including online chats, a live broadcast from the Minneapolis concert on September 16 and a VIP sweepstakes, featuring prizes such as a two-year lease of a new VW Beetle, free concert tickets, Diamond RIO MP3 players, CDs, T-shirts and more. The alanisandtori.com site will also provide access to exclusive Alanis and Tori scrapbook photos and daily concert coverage, as well as compilation CDs and ticket sales.
As part of its sponsorship of the ``5 1/2 Weeks Tour,'' MP3.com is also sponsoring an online chat with Alanis and Tori hosted by MTV.com and SonicNet. The chat gives anxious fans the opportunity to ask their favorite artists pre- concert questions about the tour and each other.
"5 1/2 WEEKS TOUR" DATES: Greta Gaines will open the following dates: 8/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 8/20 Tampa, FL 8/21 Atlanta, GA 8/22 Nashville, GA 8/24 Charlotte, NC Chlorophyll will open the following dates: 8/25 Baltimore, MD 8/27 Camden, NJ 8/28 Holmdel, NJ 8/29 Saratoga, NY 8/31 Boston, MA Ray Lane will open the following dates: 9/1 New York, NY 9/3 Buffalo, NY 9/4 Columbus, OH 9/5 Indianapolis, IN 9/7 Toronto, ONT 9/8 Cleveland, OH Lotusland will open the following dates: 9/10 Pittsburgh, PA 9/11 Chicago, IL 9/12 Detroit, MI 9/14 Cincinnati, OH 9/15 Milwaukee, WI 9/16 Minneapolis, MN Sci-Fi Lullaby will open the following dates: 9/19 Concorde, CA 9/20 Bakersfield, CA 9/22 Phoenix, AZ 9/24 Las Vegas, NV 9/25 Los Angeles, CA 9/26 Los Angeles, CA
MP3.com is pioneering a revolutionary approach to the promotion and distribution of music. The Company's website has grown into a premier online music destination. The Company uses the Internet and file formats that make music files smaller to enable a growing number of artists to distribute and promote their music to a broad audience, and to let consumers conveniently access this expanding music catalogue. The Company's website contains more than 130,000 songs from more than 23,000 artists, representing what the Company believes to be one of the largest collections of digital music available on the Internet. Consumers can search, sample and download music free of charge.
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Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical are ``forward-looking'' statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements include those statements regarding the schedule for the ``5 1/2 Weeks Tour'' and events anticipated to occur in connection with the tour and the tour website. These statements involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty that exist in the Company's operations and business environment. Such statements are predictions only and actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to differences include scheduling and performance risks associated with the tour, the Company's new and uncertain business model, uncertainty regarding acceptance of the Company's products and services, the Company's limited operating history and risks associated with the Company's rapid growth. These factors and others are more fully described under ``Risk Factors'' in the Final Prospectus included in the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-78545) as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and declared effective by the SEC on July 20, 1999.
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