Billboard Bits: Oasis/Jet, Grateful Dead, Himmelman

News on Oasis/Jet, Grateful Dead, Himmelman

OasisOasis has confirmed its first U.S. shows in three years, which will come in support of its as-yet-untitled new studio album, due May 16 internationally via Epic and late May or early June in North America. The band will play Toronto (June 17), Detroit (June 18), Chicago (June 20), New York (June 22) and Philadelphia (June 25), with support from Australian rock outfit Jet. Tickets for all shows go on sale Saturday (Feb. 12) via Ticketmaster.

The dates will be sandwiched between a run of European and U.K. performances, including previously announced visits to the German Hurricane and Southside festivals.

According to guitarist Noel Gallagher, the new album will feature 12 songs written by all four current members -- himself, singer Liam Gallagher, bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer. Among the tracks slated for inclusion are "The Importance of Being Idle," "Guess God Thinks I'm Able" and "Part of the Queue."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JerryA little more than four months after Monterey Video reissued "
The Grateful Dead Movie" on DVD with a host of bonus footage and music, Rhino will release a five-disc box set soundtrack to the landmark 1977 concert film. Recorded during a quintet of shows at the storied San Francisco venue Winterland in 1974, the new set will boast 20 recordings not included in the original film or the DVD reissue.

In addition to the first-time inclusion of such favorites as "Not Fade Away," "Wharf Rat" and "Dark Star," several songs and lengthy jams that had been edited for the movie are restored to their full glory on the box. Most notable is an hour-long exploration of "Sugar Magnolia," "He's Gone," "Caution Jam," drums/space, "Truckin'," "Black Peter" and "Sunshine Daydream" that consumes most of the fourth disc.

Rounding out the box is a 24-page booklet that includes rare photos and memorabilia associated with the film.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

PeterVeteran singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman steps outside of his perceived acoustic persona on his harder-edged forthcoming 11th solo album, "Imperfect World," due March 29 via Navarre-distributed Majestic Recordings (MRI). Recorded and self-produced at the artist's own studio near Los Angeles, the set features the drum work of the Attractions' Pete Thomas, bass by Sheldon Gomberg (Beck, Ryan Adams), Hammond B3 contributed by Jeff Young (Jackson Browne, Sting) and backing vocals by Willie Aron (Victoria Williams).

Himmelman, who is also the chief composer for the CBS series "Judging Amy," conceived the majority of the new album around the 9th of Av, a late summer Jewish day of fasting. "All this affliction made for a propitious few days of writing," he says. "The truly pious are encouraged to refrain from working but when I make music, I never think of it as work."

North American dates are planned through the spring and summer. Himmelman has not yet decided whether he'll be accompanied by his usual band or if he'll employ the Flying Baby, a band he utilizes when playing shows in Israel.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.