Billboard Bits: The Police, Gill/Tillis, UNKLE
The first leg of the Police reunion tour has been an overwhelming success, grossing $107,592,002 from 38 shows that drew 929,941 people. That does not include stops at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in MThe first leg of the Police reunion tour has been an overwhelming success, grossing $107,592,002 from 38 shows that drew 929,941 people. That does not include stops at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in June, or the V Fest in Baltimore last weekend.
The highest gross of the first leg was July 5-6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, which took in $9,494,248 from an attendance of 79,458. The Police start up again Aug. 28 in Stockholm and play Europe through Oct. 20. The band returns to North America Halloween night for a sellout at Madison Square Garden in New York, will play three more weeks in the U.S. and then head to Latin America.
Plans call for the Police to play Australia and Japan in the first quarter next year.
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
Country stars Vince Gill and Mel Tillis as well as DJ and television host Ralph Emery are set to be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The invitation-only induction ceremony takes place in October at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Emery will be inducted in the "non-performer" category, awarded every third year. Gill will become the third artist to enter in the "Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present" category, and Tillis will be inducted in the "Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975" class.
Inductees are chosen by the CMA's Hall of Fame panel of electors, a group of more than 300 anonymous voters appointed by the CMA board of directors. The inductions of Gill, Tillis and Emery will grow the Hall's membership to 101.
-- Ken Tucker, Nashville
As expected, James Lavelle is taking his UNKLE project on the road in North America this fall for the first time with a live band. The six-date trek begins Oct. 18 in New York and will proceed to Toronto (Oct. 19), Chicago (Oct. 20), Los Angeles (Oct. 26) and San Francisco (Oct. 27) before wrapping with a previously announced Oct. 28 show at the Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas.
UNKLE's new album, "War Stories," debuted last week at No. 16 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.