Billboard Bits: Streisand/Gibb, Alter Bridge, Pennywise

News on Streisand/Gibb, Alter Bridge, Pennywise

BabsBarbra Streisand and Barry Gibb are back in the studio working on a possible successor to "Guilty" to herald the 25th anniversary of that fruitful collaboration, Billboard has learned.

The album, which has been certified quintuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 5 million copies, counts as one of Streisand's top sellers, as well as one of Columbia Records' best movers. It spent three weeks atop The Billboard 200, while the title cut reached No. 3 on the Hot 100.

"They're collaborating and writing," a source says. "We don't know where it's going to lead yet, but we're optimistic."

-- Melinda Newman, L.A.

AlterCreed spinoff Alter Bridge will rock the California Speedway Feb. 26 as the headliner of the Miller Lite Rock'n'Racing Concert, which is part of a weekend of events leading up to the next day's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500. Tickets and information are available at the race track's
Web site.

The Speedway gig will be the band's last Stateside appearance for a while, as it has plans to kick off a European run March 3 in Manchester, England. Alter Bridge is touring in support of its debut album, "One Day Remains" (Wind-Up), which debuted in August 2004 at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 379,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Alter Bridge's U.S. tour dates:

Feb. 18: Baltimore (Club Sonar)
Feb. 19: Lynchburg, Va. (Cattle Annie's)
Feb. 20: Raleigh, N.C. (Disco Rodeo)
Feb. 26: Fontana, Calif. (California Speedway)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

PennywiseRemastered versions of the first four Pennywise studio albums -- "Pennywise" (1991), "Unknown Road" (1993), "About Time" (1995) and "Full Circle" (1997) -- will be reissued March 8 via Epitaph. While no tracks have been added to accompany the upgraded audio, each title will boast artwork expanded from the initial releases.

The stalwart Southern California punk act is in the midst of recording its eighth studio album, which is targeted for release late in the year. The as-yet-untitled set will be the follow-up to 2003's "From the Ashes," which bowed at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 54 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 93,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.