Billboard Bits: Metallica, Rush, Leona Naess
Every song from Metallica's upcoming album "Death Magnetic" will be available for gamers to download and play on "Guitar Hero III" and its sequel "Guitar Hero World Tour" ...Every song from Metallica's upcoming album "Death Magnetic" will be available for gamers to download and play on "Guitar Hero III" and its sequel "Guitar Hero World Tour" on the same as-yet-unannounced day it is released to retail, the band said on its Web site.
Microsoft also mentioned the availability during its keynote at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. A dedicated Metallica "Guitar Hero" game in the vein of the recent Aerosmith title is also in the offing, but it's unknown when it will see the light of day.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
In a rare TV appearance, Rush will perform tomorrow (July 16) on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The group will play "Tom Sawyer" during its appearance, its first on American TV since "Don Kirschner's Rock Concert" in 1975.
Additional upcoming performers on "Colbert" include Nas on July 23, Toby Keith on July 28 and Crosby, Stills and Nash on July 30.
-- Ann Donahue, L.A.
After laying low for several years, singer/songwriter Leona Naess has signed with Verve Forecast for her next album, "Thirteens." The set is due Sept. 23; Naess will support it with two shows alongside Ray LaMontagne on Oct. 10 in Boston and Oct. 11 in New York.
Naess issued three albums for Geffen between 2000 and 2003. Her debut, "Comatised," spawned the minor Adult Top 40 hit "Charm Attack."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.