Billboard Bits: Sting, Rogers/Richie, Life Of Agony

News on Sting, Rogers/Richie, Life Of Agony

StingSting's 1986 home video/CD release "Bring on the Night" will be released on DVD for the first time next month, as well as a remastered double-disc CD package. Due March 29 via A&M, the projects chronicle Sting's foray into solo studio work and the live debut of his first post-Police band, dubbed the Blue Turtles.

Newly added are videos for the title cut, "Russians" and "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," a photo gallery and a customizable programming feature for seven live performance clips. The track list for the CD version is unchanged; the set is highlighted by performances of "Low Life" and "I Burn for You."

As previously reported, Sting will begin a North American tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

KennyVeteran artists and collaborators Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie will team up for an episode of "CMT Crossroads." To be staged in the coming weeks in front of an invited Nashville audience, the pairing will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first collaboration and will be taped to air later this year on the cable country music channel.

The duo's inaugural project was Rogers' Richie-written and -produced recording of "Lady," which held the No. 1 post on Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks in 1980. Over the next five years, Richie produced several Rogers tracks, including "I Don't Need You" and "Through the Years." They last worked together on 1986's "Hands on America."

Pairing like-minded artists from different genres, "CMT Crossroads" premiered a new episode last week John Fogerty and Keith Urban playing each others songs. The episode repeats tonight (Feb. 23) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

StingReunited hard rock act Life Of Agony will hit the road supporting Mudvayne in the spring, and will on May 31 release its first new album in eight years. "It's super-raw and aggro and has an energy all its own," lead singer Keith Caputo says of "Broken Valley," which will be released by Epic. "It's amazing that we've been able to come together after all these years and make an album like this."

Arriving on the New York club scene in the early 1990s, Life Of Agony made a name for itself with three studio albums released by Roadrunner and aggressive international touring. Lineup changes and internal strife led to a 1999 breakup. Caputo first regrouped with guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato last year for a pair of shows at New York's Irving Plaza.

"The process of recording was exciting," Caputo says. "But we're anxious to get out there and release that energy on the road." The band's tour with Mudvayne opens March 29 in St. Paul, Minn.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.