Billboard Bits: U.K. Hall Of Fame, Jeff Beck, Next Music

Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart will be among the acts inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall Of Fame. The third annual gala will be held Nov. 14 at north London ven

Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart will be among the acts inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall Of Fame. The third annual gala will be held Nov. 14 at north London venue Alexandra Palace.

The acts will join Beatles producer Sir George Martin, who will receive honorary membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music. Martin will join past honorary members such as late broadcaster John Peel (2005) and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell (2004).

The event will feature either performances from the inductees or tributes to them. Brian Wilson and his band will perform, while Australian rock trio Wolfmother will dedicate a set to Led Zeppelin.

-- Lars Brandle, London






Jeff Beck has a special surprise in store for the audience at his Sept. 28 performance at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre. During the show, Beck will be joined by a 14-piece string section to perform for the first time a selection of material from his 1975 album "Blow by Blow" in the manner it was recorded. The string arrangements are being overseen by legendary producer George Martin.

As previously reported, Beck kicked off a North American tour last week in Tampa, Fla. He is also planning to conceptualize material for his next studio album while on the road, courtesy of a portable studio and Pro Tools setup.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






Peeping Tom, Diplo and Girl Talk will band together for a Sept. 29 show at New York's Irving Plaza as part of Wired magazine's Next Music series.
As previously reported, the Beck-curated event will kick off Sept. 26 at Irving Plaza with Jamie Lidell and Of Montreal. Proceeds from the Sept. 29 gig will benefit the copyright licensing organization Creative Commons.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.