toby keith plays the delaware state fair in harrington on july 28 and has two shows slated for september (champlain valley expo in vermont and allegan county fair in michigan), all of which suggests a larger shock 'n y'all presence in the offing. on the diva front, last spring's beyonce, alicia keys, and missy elliott verizon ladies first tour could be extended this summer. virtually everyone in the biz claims a norah jones tour of north america is off the table, although official word from her management group is that "there are no 2004 dates scheduled … yet." r.e.m.'s website takes a similar tack: "there are no tour dates scheduled at this time. stay tuned!" after a busy year that included their infamous presidential pr debacle followed by one of the most successful tours of 2003, the dixie chicks are likely taking the summer off. producers who put together 2002's down from the mountain tour (artists from the o brother, where art thou? soundtrack) confirm that they're working on a similar cold mountain tour, based on folk music and artists from the soundtrack of the oscar-nominated movie. paul mccartney is spending the summer playing shows in europe. blondie is doing the same, mostly in the u.k. busy and/or burned out from recording a new album, the white stripes say they're "not looking to tour in 2004." american idol phenom william hung is either spending his summer as an intern at microsoft, conquering singapore, or bagging groceries in daly city. tenacious d's website promises that, "tour dates will be posted as soon as they are announced!" since we can practically feel jack black's insistent sincerity in that exclamation point, we'll keep checking.