Billboard Bits: Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps & More
News on Siren Fest, Rockin' The Corps, Apollo, Pearl JamSpoon, Brendan Benson, the Dears, Mates Of State, VHS Or Beta, Dungen and the Q & Not U are the first acts confirmed for the fifth Siren Music Festival, sponsored by the Village Voice. The free event will be held July 16 at New York's Coney Island.
Last year's Siren Festival drew more than 170,000 people to witness sets by Death Cab For Cutie, TV On The Radio, Mission Of Burma, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Blonde Redhead, among others.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A recent concert featuring Destiny's Child, Godsmack and Kiss will be shown at movie theaters nationwide June 27 in an effort to raise money in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. "Rockin' the Corps" was filmed April 1 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego in front of more than 40,000 U.S. Marines and their family members.
The event also featured Hootie and the Blowfish, Richie Sambora and Ted Nugent and was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, Jay Mohr and Louie Anderson.
"Rockin' the Corps" will be shown at 132 Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters in 74 cities. Tickets are on sale at theater box offices and BigScreenConcerts.com. A portion of ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the non-profit group Support the Corps, which provides services to Marine Corps soldiers and families.
-- Jill Kipnis, L.A.
Boyz II Men, Gerald Levert and Bebe Winans will perform at the Apollo 2005 Spring Benefit, through which the Apollo Theater Foundation raises funds to preserve the legacy of the landmark New York venue. The event will take place June 20 at the theater, following a free outdoor community event in front of building that will pay tribute to Apollo legends.
Among other honors, the concert and awards ceremony will present filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, author Tonya Lewis Lee, with the inaugural Ossie and Ruby Award. The honor is named for late actor/activist Ossie Davis and his wife, actress/activist Ruby Dee, and will be presented annually to "a married couple who replicates the pair's commitment to family, community and to the craft," according to the Foundation.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Ten shows on Pearl Jam's September tour of Canada sold out in minutes on Saturday, forcing the addition of a second, tour-closing show on Sept. 25 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Only a handful of unobstructed seats behind the stages remain for shows in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton, and limited tickets are still available for shows in Saskatoon, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City.
As previously reported, the trek will begin Sept. 2 in Vancouver, and will feature new material from Pearl Jam's in-progress eighth studio album. The as-yet-untitled set is due later this year via J Records. Beyond a previously announced Sept. 28 opening slot for the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh, Pearl Jam has yet to announce additional U.S. dates.
In related news, frontman Eddie Vedder joined a jam session with a host of young musicians to celebrate the release of the documentary "Rock School" last Wednesday at Neumo's in Seattle. Vedder guested on a cover of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," Pearl Jam's "Corduroy" and played cowbell on the B-52's' "Rock Lobster."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.