Billboard Bits: Fergie, 'Soundstage,' Nikki Sixx
Fergie's solo tour is going wireless. No paper tickets will be sold for the 20-city tour, sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Instead, fans can download a ticket to their mobile phones that can be presenteFergie's solo tour is going wireless. No paper tickets will be sold for the 20-city tour, sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Instead, fans can download a ticket to their mobile phones that can be presented at the door for entry.
Verizon Wireless subscribers can get a ticket via the following mobile tie-ins: by downloading any of Fergie's songs from the VCast Music full-song download service; attending one of several planned Verizon Wireless i-store events; downloading the new Fergie TV channel on VCast; buying select Motorola phones; participating in various "Try 2 Win" fitting events at Kohl's department stores; or through radio promotions.
The tour will also feature "green screens" similar to those used in motion picture special effects, allowing fans to dance to Fergie songs and have their image inserted into the show footage. The resulting video will be sent to fans' mobile phones, and fans creating the best videos will have the chance to join Fergie on stage during the finale of each stop.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
The fifth season of PBS' concert series "Soundstage" will feature performances from Rob Thomas, Macy Gray, Jewel and Dashboard Confessional. The next round of the hour-long television special will kick off June 14, with a taped performance from Thomas at Red Rocks outside Denver.
Macy Gray's set at Grainger Studio in Chicago will air July 5, while Dashboard Confessional's concert at Madison Square Garden is set for July 12. Two hours of Jewel's set at the Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Ill., will be aired on two separate nights, July 19 and 26.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx will release a new album, "The Heroin Diaries," on Aug. 21, as a precursor to his autobiography of the same name, which arrives Sept. 25. The album's 12 tracks each match up with one chapter in the book; first single "Life Is Beautiful" can be downloaded from the book's MySpace.com page.
Motley Crue will be back on the road this summer for a handful of dates, beginning June 1 in Winterthur, Switzerland.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.