CURRENT TOURING WINDOW: July 5-September 10
KEY CITIES: Seattle, Washington (July 5); Los Angeles, California (July 14); Houston, Texas (July 24); Uniondale, New York (August 10); Indianapolis, Indiana (August 27); Vancouver, British Columbia (September 10)
Most women get three or four months for maternity leave. Sarah McLachlan took five years. To be fair, since the end of the groundbreaking Lilith Fair tours in 1999, the vegetarian songstress has produced more than a baby. Fans, disappointed by the mere 40 minutes and 13 seconds of first-rate music on her return-to-form CD, Afterglow, are already lining up for longer drinks from the fountain of Sarah.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
CURRENT TOURING WINDOW: Now through eternity
KEY CITIES: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (June 29); Hershey, Pennsylvania (July 10); Camden, New Jersey (July 20, 21); West Palm Beach, Florida (July 31, August 1); Phoenix, Arizona (August 24); George, Washington (September 3, 4, 5)
James Brown? Springsteen? Your loser brother who once roadied for Krokus? Forget 'em. The new hardest-working man in show biz is Dave Matthews, who apparently will stop touring when he stops breathing. For all this, the defy-all-labels jam-meister - the band's often-grating radio hits don't do justice to their emotional, virtuoso shows - hasn't worn out his welcome. According to Pollstar editor in chief Gary Bongiovanni, "Dave Matthews is one of the staples of summer. He'll be huge again."