Billboard Bits: SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells

News on SOAD/Volta, Faith Hill, Rock The Bells

SystemSystem Of A Down has unveiled dates for the second leg of its fall tour with the Mars Volta. That portion of the run will begin Sept. 17 in Vancouver and wrap Oct. 6 in Portland, Ore. As previously reported, the tour will kick off with an Aug. 4-5 stand in Long Beach, Calif.

Tickets for some of the new dates go on sale Friday (July 8) and Saturday via Ticketmaster, although SOAD's official Web site is hosting presales beginning today.

Here are System Of A Down/Mars Volta's new tour dates:

Sept. 17: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)
Sept. 19: Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
Sept. 20: Edmonton (Rexall Arena)
Sept. 22: Winnipeg, Manitoba (MTS Centre)
Sept. 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Center)
Sept. 29: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
Sept. 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Oct. 2: Denver (Pepsi Coliseum)
Oct. 5: Seattle (Key Arena)
Oct. 6: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






FaithFaith Hill fans will get a taste of her new album via a Nashville-based radio special set to air nationwide July 28-29. The event will be taped at Music City's intimate Ford Theater and feature Hill discussing the songs on "Fireflies," due Aug. 2 via Warner Bros. She will also offer up an acoustic performance of first single "Mississippi Girl," which is No. 7 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

As previously reported, "Fireflies" also includes a duet with Hill's husband Tim McGraw, "Like We Never Loved at All."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






BustaA second show has been organized under the Rock the Bells Festival banner and will be held Aug. 1 outside Club Mighty in San Francisco. Among the first confirmed performers are Busta Rhymes, Method Man and Redman, Ghostface and Raekwon's Cuban Linx project, Q-Bert, Gang Starr's Guru, Dead Prez, Supernatural and Zion I.

As previously reported, Rock the Bells will also be held July 30 in San Bernardino, Calif., and feature performances by Nas, Redman, Sage Francis, Cuban Linx and Cut Chemist. RZA and Cypress Hill's B-Real will host.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.