Billboard Bits: McGraw/Hill, Brian Wilson, Pedro Knight
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will reprise their Soul2Soul tour summer on a run that begins in June and will run through August. Further details have yet to be announced.Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will reprise their Soul2Soul tour summer on a run that begins in June and will run through August. Further details have yet to be announced. Last year's edition was the fifth top-grossing tour of 2006 with a haul of $88.8 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
First up for McGraw is the March 27 release of his next Curb album, "Let It Go." First single "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" climbed 18-13 last week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. As previously reported, Hill duets with McGraw on the new album tracks "Shotgun Rider" and "I Need You."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson will unveil a new musical suite this September at London's Royal Festival Hall. According to the artist's Web site, the Sept. 10-12, 14-16 stand will feature a new four-movement piece, "That Lucky Old Sun (A Narrative)" and contain "four 'rounds' with interspersed spoken word." The work was commissioned by Britain's Southbank Centre as part of its opening season.
The concerts will also find Wilson performing several, as-yet-unidentified songs he's previously never performed live before and one song to commemorate an important anniversary, according to his site.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Pedro Knight, the Cuban trumpeter, arranger and bandleader who was salsa icon Celia Cruz's longtime husband and perennial companion, died Saturday (Feb. 3) at a hospital in Arcadia, Ca. He was 85.
A well-known trumpet player in Cuba in the 1950s, Knight was the lead trumpeter with the fabled Sonora Matancera, through which he met his wife, who entered the orchestra as a singer. He immediately fell for her, but, in a story that has often been told, she initially rejected his advances. Eventually, Knight and Cruz fled Cuba, as did many other musicians, following Fidel Castro's rise to power. The couple wed in 1962 and were inseparable from that moment on, living one of the most public love stories in contemporary Latin music.
Knight abdicated his own career to help helm his wife's, and was with her virtually everywhere she went, often getting onstage with her. Cruz affectionately referred to the dapper Knight, a tall, slim man, as her "Cabecita de Algodon" (Cotton-head), in a reference to his white mane of curly hair.
-- Leila Cobo, Miami