Billboard Bits: Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & More
News on Teenage Fanclub, Cowboy Junkies & MoreVeteran Scottish rock outfit Teenage Fanclub has signed with Merge, which will release the new album "Man-Made" on June 7. The 12-track set was recorded by John McEntire (Tortoise, the Sea & Cake) at his Soma Electronic Studio in Chicago. It's the follow-up to 2002's "Words of Wisdom and Hope," a collaboration with Jad Fair.
In the United Kingdom, "Man-Made" will be released May 2 on Teenage Fanclub's own PeMa label, to be followed on May 23 by the single "Fallen Leaves." The group will hit the road beginning May 6 in Belfast and hopes to tour North America later this summer. A show is also on tap tonight (March 31) in Glasgow.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Cowboy Junkies are beginning to confirm North American tour dates starting in late spring and lasting through August. At deadline, the trek is due to begin June 2 in Northampton, Mass., and will come in support of a new album and a live DVD due "later this spring," according to the band's official Web site.
Along with the core band of singer Margo, guitarist Michael and drummer Peter Timmins and bassist Alan Anton, the tour will include John Timmins, an original member of the band who has not appeared in the lineup regularly since the mid-1980s. He'll make his first appearance with the Junkies tonight (March 31) during a performance at a Toronto benefit for Out of the Cold and the Homelessness Action Network.
Last year, the Cowboy Junkies released the Latent/Zoe/Rounder album "One Soul Now," which debuted at No. 127 on The Billboard 200.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The 100th birthday of the city of Las Vegas will be celebrated with the "Road to Vegas" tour, featuring Collective Soul. Kicking off May 27 in San Francisco, the 10-date outing will offer interactive Vegas-themed pre-concert attractions, including gaming lounges, Elvis impersonators and showgirls.
At least one opening act will be attached to the tour, says Michael McGaw, managing director of national accounts for promoter Clear Channel Entertainment Properties. Local acts in each city might also be involved.
The tour, which runs through June 29 in Atlanta, will also stop in Los Angeles; Phoenix; Houston; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; and Chicago. Venues have not been finalized. A large-scale centennial concert is slated for July 2 near the Las Vegas strip, but it is not known what acts will participate in that event.
-- Jill Kipnis, L.A.