News on Nine Inch Nails, '100 Acts Of Support,' Eels

TrentNine Inch Nails have announced their first live dates in four years, which will take place March 30-31 at London's Astoria. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Jan. 22) to the general public but members of Nine Inch Nails' mailing list will have a 24-hour pre-sale opportunity beginning today.

The dates will come in advance of the Trent Reznor-led band's long-delayed new album, "With Teeth." No release date has been confirmed for the Interscope set, but sources say it should hit stores in late April or early May.

The band's live lineup has also yet to be announced. However, sources told Billboard.com last week that it will not include longtime NIN collaborators Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







KennyKenny G, the Shore, Ozomatli, Gomez, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hieroglyphics, Brazilian Girls, Archer Prewitt and Earlimart are among the 100 artists confirmed to perform at Virgin Megastores' 100 Acts of Support: The Concerts for Tsunami Relief. The performances will be held Thursday (Jan. 20) at 20 Virgin Megastores locations throughout North America.

Other acts appearing include Charlie Mars, Ricky Fante, the Ditty Bops, Dalek, Sister Hazel, Bobby Conn, Ari Hest and Chris Connelly.

The events are free, but attendees can purchase a bracelet in support of the event. There will be donation boxes at each location, and an auction will take place. Proceeds from all will go to the Music for Relief Fund. For more information, visit the event's official Web site.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Modern rock act Eels will return in late spring with a 33-track double-album, "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations." Due April 26, the set marks the Mark Everett-led act's first release for Vagrant Records. Eels were previously signed to DreamWorks, which issued the band's most recent album, "Shootenanny!," in 2003.

The new album will feature collaborations with Tom Waits, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian. Tracks include "Marie Floating Over the Backyard," "God's Silence," "Trouble With Dreams," "In the Yard, Behind the Church" and "Last Days of My Bitter Heart."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.