Billboard Bits: Setzer, Locke, Schneider

News on Setzer, Locke, Schneider

SetzerThe Brian Setzer Orchestra has booked a brief run in December in support of "Boogie Woogie Christmas", to be released Oct. 12 on Surfdog Records. On the books are shows on Dec. 16 at the Pala (Calif.) Casino, Dec. 17 at the Trump 29 Casino in Coachella, Calif., Dec. 18 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., and New Years Eve and Day at Caesar's Atlantic City (N.J.).

In other news, Surfdog will release the Stray Cats' "Rumble in Brixton" Nov. 9 on CD and DVD. Both boast concert footage of a performance at London's Brixton Academy during a summer reunion tour that brought Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker back together for a month of shows. Surfdog will also release 15 Stray Cats live CDs from the tour in early 2005.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

LockeKimberley Locke will kick off a U.S. tour Saturday (Oct. 2) in West Springfield, Mass. The run is set to close Nov. 30 in New York, and boasts shows with fellow second-season "American Idol" finalist and winner Ruben Studdard on Nov. 26-27 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Locke is touring in support of her debut album, "One Love" (Curb). Released in May, the set debuted at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

FredFred Schneider has signed on to host the weekly Sirius Satellite Radio program "Party Out of Bounds." Set to air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, the three-hour show kicks off Oct. 1, and will feature the B-52's vocalist choosing material from his extensive personal music collection (reportedly numbering more than 60,000 vinyl albums and singles).

"Believe me, I know how to throw a good party, and my show ... will be one of my best," Schneider says. "I'll spin 12-inch mixes, club favorites and obscure gems, along with classic tracks you don't get to hear much anymore."

As previously reported, the B-52's recorded a cover of the Beatles' "Paperback Writer" for a Buick TV commercial that recently began airing in the United States. The act is in the midst of working on a new album, which Schneider hopes to have out in summer 2005.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.