News on Paul Simon/Herbie Hancock, 'Not Alone,' Bon Jovi

Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock will headline the Berklee College of Music's 60th anniversary concert, to be held Jan. 28 at Boston's Wang Theatre. The show will be produced by Phil Ramone and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby. Performances will also be featured from vibes player Gary Burton and vocalist Chiara Civello.

Proceeds will benefit the Berklee Presidential Scholarship Fund; Simon, Hancock and Cosby are donating their usual compensation to Berklee scholarships that will be created in their name.

Hancock and Simon teamed up earlier this year for a new version of the latter's "I Do It for Your Love," which appeared on Hancock's album "Possibilities." Simon is also progressing on his long-in-the-works collaboration with Brian Eno. Billboard.com understands a number of tracks are finished, but no release date has yet been announced.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Jim O'Rourke, Devendra Banhart, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Angels Of Light, Howie B, Matmos, Marc Almond, Coil, Nurse With Wound, Teenage Fanclub, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Bill Fay, Vashti Bunyan, Six Organs Of Admittance and Richard Buckner are among the 75 artists who have contributed rare or unreleased material to "Not Alone," a five-disc collection to benefit AIDS relief efforts in Africa.

Proceeds will be donated to the international humanitarian aid organization Medicins San Frontieres. The album will begin shipping in mid-January and can be ordered via Jnana Records' Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Cable operator Comcast is teaming with Bon Jovi to offer its subscribers exclusive, behind-the-scenes content from the band's "Sprint Presents Have a Nice Day Tour."

Available content includes backstage footage from the tour's kick-off Nov. 2 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, a special performance at the Fort Monmouth army base and behind-the-scenes footage from the sets of the "Who Says You Can't Go Home Again" and the "Welcome to Wherever You Are" music videos.

Comcast customers will be able to access the Bon Jovi content online or through Comcast's On Demand service. The tour continues through March.


-- Jill Kipnis, L.A.

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