Billboard Bits: Morrissey, Loretta Lynn, Bob Benjamin
News on Morrissey, Loretta Lynn, Bob BenjaminThe upcoming Morrissey live DVD, "Who Put the 'M' in Manchester," will be screened in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Washington, D.C., the evening before its March 29 release via Sanctuary. An additional screening will be held on the 29th in San Diego.
In addition to the DVD, which was taped in May 2004 in the former Smiths frontman's Manchester, England, home town, the screenings will offer a bonus, previously unreleased clip of "How Soon Is Now" from the 2004 Reading Festival.
Also on March 29, Sanctuary will release the concert disc "Live From Earl's Court," which features highlights from shows in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton and Dublin.
Here are the Morrissey DVD screening locations:
New York (Loews E-Walk 42nd Street)
Los Angeles (Universal City 18)
Chicago (Loews 600 N. Michigan Avenue)
Boston (Loews Theater Boston Common)
Detroit (Emagine Novi)
Washington, D.C. (Loews Cinexplex Rio 18)
San Diego (Del Mar Highlands, Chula Vista 10)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Veteran country artist Loretta Lynn will be honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award April 11 during the 2005 CMT Music Awards. Originally titled the Video Visionary Award, it was renamed last year in honor of Cash, who received the second such accolade in 2003. It has also been bestowed upon the Dixie Chicks (2002) and Reba McEntire (2004).
In first round nominations, Lynn is also up for the female video of the year award for "Miss Being Mrs." and collaborative video of the year with Jack White for "Portland Oregon." The latter also netted a nomination for director Sophie Muller. First round voting for the awards ends today (March 10) on CMT.com. Final nominations will be announced on Wednesday and voted on by fans through the site.
The ceremony, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, will take place at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. The two-hour event will air live on CMT, with McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson and Big and Rich slated to perform.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Former Billboard staffer Bob Benjamin will once again lead a team for New York's Parkinson's Unity Walk. The April 16 two-mile walk in Central Park will raise funds for research into the disease.
Manager of recording artist Joe Grushecky, Benjamin diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996. He also organizes the annual Light of Day Foundation benefit concerts in Asbury Park, N.J., each of which has boasted unannounced appearances by Bruce Springsteen.
Benjamin has set a personal goal of raising $5,000 through the Unity Walk and $10,000 for his team. For more information or to donate to the cause, click here.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.