Billboard Bits: Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry Manilow
News on Primus, Jerry Douglas, Barry ManilowPrimus' classic lineup of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander will hit the studio later this year to record its first album together since 1995's "Tales From the Punchbowl." It will be Primus' first new studio album since 1999's "Antipop." It is unknown if the new set will be released by Claypool's Prawn Song imprint or via another label.
Claypool, LaLonde and Alexander regrouped in the fall of 2003 for a North American tour and the Interscope release of a DVD/CD, "Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People."
On Saturday (July 23), the group will be the only performer at the revived Lollapalooza festival in Chicago that was a part of the event in its 1990s heyday. Claypool will also play a solo show the night before at the Vic Theatre.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
John Fogerty, Derek Trucks and Bela Fleck are among the guests who appear on "The Best Kept Secret," the forthcoming solo album from roots artist Jerry Douglas. Due Sept. 20 via Koch, the set also features bluegrass mainstay Sam Bush and Douglas' old pal Alison Krauss, with whom he frequently plays as a featured member of Union Station.
Dobro master Douglas' last solo album was 2002's Sugar Hill release "Lookout for Hope," which peaked at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart. At the same time, he appeared on the tally's top two titles as a contributor to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack (Lost Highway/Mercury) and on Krauss + Union Station's "New Favorite" (Rounder).
Douglas, Krauss and Union Station will soon hit the road in support of their latest release, last year's "Lonely Runs Both Ways" (Rounder), which bowed at No. 1 on the bluegrass chart and No. 29 on The Billboard 200. The North American leg of the tour opens July 29 in Branson, Mo., and is scheduled to run through an Aug. 18 show in Valley Center, Kan. Dates in Ireland and the United Kingdom will follow.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The 1992 Barry Manilow boxed set "The Complete Collection and Then Some" will be re-released Sept. 6 via Arista/Legacy, bolstered with a DVD of rare performances. Among them are a 1971 run through "Chapel of Love" with Manilow backing Bette Midler, a 1975 "Saturday Night Live" performance of "I Write the Songs" and clips from "The Midnight Special" and "The Mike Douglas Show" and Manilow's 1977 Emmy win for best comedy/variety special.
"The Complete Collection" features four audio discs with hits, live tracks and rarities. The set has sold 153,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Manilow resumes his Las Vegas show "Music and Passion" on July 27 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.