Billboard Bits: Dinosaur Jr, Presley, 'Idol'

News on Dinosaur Jr, Presley, 'Idol'

Reunited rock trio Dinosaur Jr will film a live DVD during its Dec. 2-3 run at New York's Irving Plaza. The DVD will be produced by the German company Gold in Berlin, which is run by Dinosaur Jr vocalist/guitarist J Mascis' brother-in-law. The New York shows will be preceded by a Nov. 29-30 stand at Chicago's Metro.

Beforehand, bassist Lou Barlow is resuming his tour in support of his latest Merge solo album, "Emoh." The trek plays Providence, R.I., tonight (Oct. 12) and will run through Nov. 13 in Madrid.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Lisa Marie Presley will begin a short fall tour Nov. 6 in Portland, Ore., in support of her second Capitol album, "Now What," which debuted earlier this year at No. 9 on The Billboard 200. A video for new single "Idiot" was recently shot in Los Angeles with director Patrick Hoelk, who previously lensed the clip for Presley's cover of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry."

Here are Lisa Marie Presley's tour dates:

Nov. 6: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Nov. 8: San Francisco (Bimbo's)
Nov. 10: San Diego (House of Blues)
Nov. 11: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
Nov. 13: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Nov. 15: Denver (Gothic Theatre)
Nov. 16: Kansas City, Mo. (Ameristar Casino)
Nov. 18: Columbia, Mo. (Blue Note)
Nov. 19: Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Pierre's)
Nov. 21: Columbus, Ohio (Promowest Pavilion)
Nov. 22: Chicago (House of Blues)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The hit international "Idol" format, the template for "American Idol," will soon make its debut in Latin America thanks to a deal announced yesterday (Oct. 10) between Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and U.K.-based FremantleMedia.

The programming deal comes on the heels of the buoyant ratings SET has experienced in India with a local version of the "Idol" franchise.

Announcing the deal, SPTI Sr. VP, International Networks T.C. Schultz said SET becomes the first cable channel in Latin America to produce a format specifically for the market. "Like its international counterparts, 'Latin American Idol' will feature all the elements of reality, emotion and excitement that will make the Latin American audiences connect with it," he said.

-- Steve Brennan, The Hollywood Reporter