Billboard Bits: Maroon 5, BB Dance Summit, Elton John
News on Maroon 5, BB Dance Summit, Elton JohnAs it begins work on its sophomore album, Maroon 5 will tide fans over with the Sept. 20 release of "Live at the Santa Barbara Bowl." Beyond such hits as "She Will Be Loved" and "This Love," the CD/DVD also includes the previously unreleased original "Wasted Years" and a cover of Oasis' "Hello." The DVD portion was directed by Russell Thomas, known for his work with Bjork and Coldplay.
In related news, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine will appear on a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," set for release later this year on J labelmate Alicia Keys' "MTV Unplugged" album.
Before getting down to serious work on the new album, Maroon 5 has a handful of summer tour dates on its plate, including appearances at England's V festivals in Chelmsford (Aug. 20) and Staffordshire (Aug. 21), as well as a trio of dates opening for the Rolling Stones.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
This year's Billboard Dance Music Summit will kick off Sept. 19 and will feature such panelists as DJ Rap, Armani Exchange's Patrick Doddy and Warner Bros. Records' Orlando Puerta as well as the induction of a new set of legends into the Dance Music Hall Of Fame, during a ceremony at New York's Manhattan Center.
The 2005 inductees include Chic, Gloria Gaynor and Sylvester (artists); Bee Gees -- "Stayin' Alive," Cheryl Lynn -- "Got To Be Real," Chic -- "Good Times," Gloria Gaynor -- "I Will Survive" and The Trammps -- "Disco Inferno" (songs); Francois K., Frankie Knuckles and John "Jellybean" Benitez (DJs); Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards and Quincy Jones (producers); and Francois K again, as the sole remixer.
-- Kerri Mason, N.Y.
Although it's not uncommon to see Elton John at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, where he has a contract to perform through 2008, Italian fans will soon have an opportunity to see him outside the real deal. The veteran artist is planning a free Sept. 3 show on Rome's Via dei Fori Imperiali, the boulevard that leads to the Colosseum. The same area last year hosted a free Simon & Garfunkel show and in 2003 a performance by Paul McCartney.
Two days prior, John will play Bergamo, Italy, with a brief slate of North American dates to follow in the lead up to his next Vegas run in October. A few more U.S. dates are planned in November, with a December European run also on the books.
At the tail end of a recent U.K. tour, John performed at the Live 8 concert in London and two days later staged a free July 4 concert in Philadelphia as part of an event that raised $2 million for HIV/AIDS awareness and research.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.