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Billboard Bits: Cocteau Twins, Daltrey & More

Stories on the Cocteau Twins, Roger Daltrey, Stereophonics and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

CTThe Cocteau Twins have pulled out of their previously announced April 30 performance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. According to a spokesperson, group member Elizabeth Fraser has opted out of the show, which would have been the band's first in eight years, due to undisclosed personal reasons.

According to a spokesperson, this news puts an end to plans for additional Cocteau Twins shows this year. Last month, the group said on its official Web site that it was planning "engagements [that] will run from June and into the fall."

It is understood that Cocteau Twins' Coachella slot will be filled by another act, but a festival spokesperson did not respond a request for further comment by deadline.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






RDThe Who lead singer Roger Daltrey has signed on to the cast of a WB Network's drama pilot from Spelling TV. The premise centers on a mermaid to be played by Nathalie Kelley who tries life on land in Miami. Daltrey will play the antagonist on the show.

After his screen debut in the title role of the rock opera "Tommy," Daltrey has appeared in dozens of movies and TV projects, mostly in his native Britain.

As previously reported, Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been working on what may become the first new Who album in more than two decades. Daltrey is also among the artists who will perform in London's annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts next month at Royal Albert Hall.

-- Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter






SPIn addition to traditional and online retail outlets, the new album by Welsh rock trio Stereophonics will be available through
Kazaa and other online peer-to-peer networks through an agreement between the band's label and Altnet. Users can download the entirety of the V2 set "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" for $9.99 or individual tracks for 99 cents.

Released yesterday (March 14) in the United Kingdom, the band's fifth album was led by the single "Dakota," which recently bowed at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. The track is available for free to Kazaa users. "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" will be released March 29 in the United States.

Stereophonics have set a slate of late summer U.K. and Ireland tour dates, opening Sept. 3 in Dublin. Outside of a May 1 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., the band has not announced any North American shows.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






JJewel, Wilco and Bobby McFerrin are among the latest artists added to the lineup for the 32nd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Set in the mountains of Colorado, the June 16-19 event has lined up a typically eclectic bill, with Alison Krauss + Union Station, Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty, David Bromberg, Earl Scruggs, Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Gillian Welch, Sam Bush, Kathleen Edwards and the John Butler Trio among the confirmed artists.

Telluride ticket prices range from $55 for a single day's admission to $275 for a four-day pass and premium camping location. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Planet Bluegrass
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.








The Who; Roger Daltrey; Jewel; Wilco; Bobby McFerrin; Alison Krauss; Union Station; Stanley Clarke; Bela Fleck; Jean-Luc Ponty; Earl Scruggs; Leo Kottke; Mike Gordon; Gillian Welch; Sam Bush; Kathleen Edwards; John Butler Trio;

Billboard Bits: Daltrey, Stereophonics, Telluride

The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey has signed on to the cast of a WB Network's drama pilot from Spelling TV. The premise centers on a mermaid to be played by Nathalie Kelley who tries life on land in Miami. Daltrey will play the antagonist on the show.

After his screen debut in the title role of the rock opera "Tommy," Daltrey has appeared in dozens of movies and TV projects, mostly in his native Britain.

As previously reported, Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been working on what may become the first new Who album in more than two decades. Daltrey is also among the artists who will perform in London's annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts next month at Royal Albert Hall.

-- Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter






In addition to traditional and online retail outlets, the new album by Welsh rock trio Stereophonics, will be available through
Kazaa and other online peer-to-peer networks through an agreement between the band's label and Altnet. Users can download the entirety of the V2 set "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" for $9.99 or individual tracks for 99 cents.

Released yesterday (March 14) in the United Kingdom, the band's fifth album was led by the single "Dakota," which recently bowed at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. The track is available for free to Kazaa users. "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?" will be released March 29 in the United States.

Stereophonics have set a slate of late summer U.K. and Ireland tour dates, opening Sept. 3 in Dublin. Outside of a May 1 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., the band has not announced any North American dates.




-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.



Jewel, Wilco and Bobby McFerrin are among the latest artists added to the lineup for the 32nd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Set in the mountains of Colorado, the June 16-19 event has lined up a typically eclectic bill for this year's event, with Alison Krauss + Union Station, Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty, David Bromberg, Earl Scruggs, Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Gillian Welch, Sam Bush, Kathleen Edwards and the John Butler Trio among the confirmed artists.

Telluride ticket prices range from $55 for a single day's admission to $275 for a four-day pass and premium camping location. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Planet Bluegrass
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.