Billboard Bits: The Police, Locke/Aiken/Studdard, Grammys
The Police have added six more shows to their fall North American tour itinerary, including a fifth at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2. The other new dates are Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.; NThe Police have added six more shows to their fall North American tour itinerary, including a fifth at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2. The other new dates are Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C.; Nov. 6 in Charlottesville, Va.; Nov. 15 in Charlotte, N.C.; Nov. 18 in Atlanta; and Nov. 20 in San Antonio.
Before the end of the year, the reunited trio will visit Mexico and South America, and will hit New Zealand, Australia and Japan in 2008. As it did earlier this year, Fiction Plane will support on the fall North American leg.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
"American Idol" graduates Kimberley Locke, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are in talks to embark on a collective concert tour next year. According to Locke, Aiken and Studdard are game. "Now it's up to our agents and managers to book it," she tells Billboard. Locke says the trek will not be about "us as opening acts for each other. We'll be using the same band and will be on the stage singing duets and trios throughout the concert." The tour, with the working title Reunited: 5 Years Later, is expected to hit the road next spring.
Locke's latest single, a cover of Freda Payne's '70s hit "Band of Gold," is currently top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Also in the offing is the album "Christmas," due Oct. 9 from Curb Records.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.
The Recording Academy is opening its video vault with a Web site that allows fans to vote on their favorite Grammy performances over the years. Selected clips will be shown on a television special in November.
Mynightatthegrammys.com, which launches today (Sept. 10), offers 50 video clips of Grammy performances from such artists as Prince, Beyonce, U2, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kanye West, Elton John, Tina Turner, Madonna and Eminem, among others. Online fans will select their top five choices, with a voting deadline set for Oct. 7.
The top 25 performances that receive the most votes will then be featured on the two-hour "My Night at the Grammys" television special, scheduled to air Nov. 30 on CBS. Along with the video clips, the special will feature artists sharing personal stories about performing at the Grammys, along with behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals and how the show is produced.
-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.