Selected by Dan Grunebaum



Probably like most readers, this writer had never heard of Dido until rapper Eminem sampled her hypnotic track “Thank You” for last year’s hit single “Stan.” A subsequent thorough listen to Dido’s debut album, No Angel, proved her talent to be real, matching a seductive voice with thoughtful songwriting. An upcoming first appearance in Japan by the English songstress, then, should make for one of this fall’s most looked forward to musical moments.

The sister of Faithless leader and UK dance music producer, Rollo, Dido showed musical promise from an early age, attending London’s Guildhall School of Music and touring with a classical ensemble in her teens.

Exposed to pop and electronica through her brother, Dido began singing with London-based bands before getting involved with Rollo’s project, Faithless. She contributed vocals to the track “Flowerstand Man” on Faithless’ 1996 debut Reverence, and when the album turned into a million seller, she dropped her day job to go on tour with the band.

Meanwhile, Dido was busy writing her own material. Gradually putting together an album’s worth of demo songs, she was able to ink a deal with the US arm of Arista Records in 1999. No Angel, co-produced by her brother, was released in June 1999 and received considerable attention when the song “Here With Me” was used as the theme for the hit US television series "Roswell," and when “Thank You” was used on the soundtrack for the Gwyneth Paltrow film Sliding Doors.

Following the success of Eminem’s “Stan,” the moody, downtempo No Angel went on to multi-platinum sales. Dido then launched her own solo headlining tour across the US this summer, while also appearing on the soon-to-be-released third Faithless album, Outrospective.
Meanwhile, Launch reports that she is currently at work on a follow-up to No Angel.

Zepp Tokyo, 10/18, 7pm,
JY6800. Info: H.I.P. 3475-9999. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana