Billboard Bits: Kid Rock, 'Unlimited Sunshine,' Franz Ferdinand
Kid Rock plans live album, shows... Cake schedules another Unlimited Sunshine tour... Franz Ferdinand releases live DVD set.Although officially unconfirmed, Kid Rock is said to be preparing a live album for release in February. He has also been recording with an eye on releasing a new Atlantic studio album sometime in 2006.
The release of the live disc would coincide with a pair of Kid Rock shows scheduled for Super Bowl weekend in Detroit. All tickets for a Feb. 3 concert at the Joe Louis Arena sold out in just six minutes, according to the artist's label, Atlantic Records, with a Feb. 4 show following suit only nine minutes after it was added.
Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band will warm up for the hometown shows with shows in Uncasville, Conn. (Jan. 20), Verona, N.Y. (Jan. 21), Grand Rapids, Mich. (Jan. 26) and Saginaw, Mich. (Jan. 28). According to his official Web site, Rock is planning to ring in 2006 with a DJ set at Las Vegas' Jet Mirage Nightclub.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Cake will stage a winter version of its occasional traveling Unlimited Sunshine festival early in the New Year. With sibling duo Tegan and Sara, Gogol Bordello and comedian Eugene Mirman in tow, the tour will open Jan. 19 in Worcester, Mass. At deadline, 11 shows were confirmed through a Feb. 1 stop in San Francisco.
Previous versions of the eclectic festival have included such artists as De La Soul, Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick, Charlie Louvin and the Flaming Lips, among others.
For Cake, the run will be another in support of 2004's "Pressure Chief" (Columbia), which debuted at No. 17 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 237,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group will follow the run with a brief trip to Japan in March; a full itinerary can be found at cakemusic.com.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Franz Ferdinand released a two-disc live DVD in the today (Dec. 6) boasting footage of the band captured around the world and special bonus features. The first disc in the Domino/Epic set contains performances from Scotland's T in the Park festival, the Avalon in Los Angeles and the Brixton Academy in London, among other international venues. Bonus features include karaoke films of the singles "Matinee" and "Take Me Out" and behind-the-scenes footage from recent tours.
The second disc boasts two full performances from 2004 shows in London and San Francisco, in addition to video interviews from the band's tour bus. Also included are three songs from tour stops in Australia and New Zealand.
Franz Ferdinand's sophomore album, "You Could Have It So Much Better," peaked at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 202,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Clover Hope, N.Y.