Billboard Bits: Rod Stewart, Slint, 'American Dreams'
News on Rod Stewart, Slint, 'American Dreams'Rod Stewart will preview his new album, "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook: Vol. III," with performance Monday (Oct. 18) at New York's storied Apollo Theater. The show will be cybercast live via AOL Music. "Songbook: Vol. III" is due the same day internationally and next day in the United States via J Records.
Stewart is due to perform tomorrow (Oct. 13) at London's Royal Albert Hall and will be profiled Friday on the U.S. newsmagazine show "Dateline NBC." A world tour will kick off in February with shows in New Zealand and Australia.
The "Songbook" albums have been wildly successful, with the first, 2002's "It Had To Be You" selling 2.6 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last year's follow-up, "As Time Goes By," has moved 2.1 million.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Slint, one of the most influential underground rock acts of the past two decades, is reforming to curate and perform next year at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in East Sussex, England. The group will play its first shows since the early '90s on Feb. 25-27 at the Camber Sands Holiday Centre. Tickets go on sale Friday (Oct. 15) via ATP's official Web site.
Slint achieved iconic status thanks to its 1989 debut, "Tweez," and its 1991 follow-up, "Spiderland," both of which revel in an ominous vibe accented by guitar-heavy blasts of aggression, quizzical, whispered lyrics and sudden dynamic shifts. The group disbanded after the release of "Spiderland" but in 1994 issued a self-titled Touch & Go EP recorded in between the two full-lengths.
Slint's current lineup will feature core members David Pajo (Papa M, Zwan), Brian McMahan and Britt Walford. According to a spokesperson, there are no plans for additional shows beyond the ATP appearances.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Alanis Morissette, JoJo and "American Idol" champions Fantasia and Kelly Clarkson are among the guest stars set to appear on the third season of NBC's 1960s-themed drama "American Dreams." Morissette will play a folk singer performing her original composition "Fest on Scraps," while Barrino will portray "Aretha Franklin" for a rendition of "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."
Clarkson reprises her role as Brenda Lee for a performance of "Rock Around the Christmas Tree," while JoJo portrays Linda Ronstadt auditioning for "American Bandstand" with the song "That Will Be the Day."
R&B act 112 and rock combos Hawk Nelson (as the Who) and Phantom Planet (as the Zombies) are also confirmed to appear on the show.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.