Billboard Bits: Depeche Mode, 'Funky Soul,' New Order
Depeche Mode has cancelled its Thursday (Aug. 3) concert in Tel Aviv due to the current crisis in the Middle East, according to the band's Web site.Depeche Mode has cancelled its Thursday (Aug. 3) concert in Tel Aviv due to the current crisis in the Middle East, according to the band's Web site. The show at Hayarkon Park was slated to be the final date on the band's world tour and will not be rescheduled. Deep Purple recently axed a show in Lebanon as the warfare mounted.
Depeche Mode's tour in support of 2005's "Playing the Angel" will be chronicled on the upcoming CD/DVD set "Touring the Angel: Live in Milan," die Sept. 26 via Reprise.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Unheralded funk and soul music will be on display on "What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1976)", a four-disc compilation due Oct. 3 via Rhino. The 91-track set will include classic tunes from artists such as Wilson Pickett, Sly Stone, Little Richard, Allen Toussaint and Curtis Mayfield.
Also featured are rarities such as Darrow Fletcher's "Improve" and the Gaturs' "Cold Bear," as well as an unreleased version of "Rock Steady," recorded in 1970 by Aretha Franklin.
Additionally, the set will include a booklet with vintage photos and track-by-track commentary and testimonials from Fred Wesley, Howard Tate and Hank Shocklee, among others. Wax Poetics contributor Oliver Wang will provide liner notes.
-- Jill Menze, N.Y.
New Order will tour South America in November for the first time since 1988. Four of the five shows are in Brazil, beginning Nov. 11 in Belo Horizonte. The trek concludes Nov. 18 in Buenos Aires.
Also on tap for the legendary synth-pop outfit is a Sept. 2 appearance at Ireland's Electric Circus festival, to be followed by a seven-date U.K. tour beginning Oct. 9 in Bournemouth.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.