Billboard Bits: Celine, Madonna, ATP & More
News on Celine Dion, Madonna, N. Miss. Allstars, All Tomorrow's PartiesNew York adult contemporary station WLTW (Lite FM) has scored Celine Dion as the headliner for its upcoming One Night at Lite concert. It is the singer's only scheduled U.S. performance outside of her current three-year run at Casear's Palace in Las Vegas, which just reached its halfway point.
Joining Dion for the Oct 15 event at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, are AC staples Josh Groban, Martina McBride and Five For Fighting. WLTW will offer a limited number of tickets for Lite-FM Listener Club members in an Internet pre-sale beginning Sept. 15. Tickets to the general public go on sale Sept. 20.
Proceeds will benefit the Celine Dion Foundation, which offers funding to various charities across North America, including Cystic Fibrosis.
-- Chuck Taylor, N.Y.
CBS has canceled its planned Madonna concert special, which was set to tape Monday (Sept. 13) during the first of two shows in Lisbon, Portugal, and air later this year. Reps for CBS and Madonna say that the reasons for the cancellation included the network and the artist not agreeing on production details for the concert.
Madonna also reportedly wanted the concert special to be aired without commercials, but CBS declined. The artist has previously taped concert specials for commercial-free HBO.
The North American leg of Madonna's Re-invention tour grossed $79.5 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. A film crew was on hand throughout the trip, but it unknown when the footage may surface.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
Modest Mouse will curate the next edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Nov. 6-7 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. Although the lineup is still being finalized, Modest Mouse will headline the first day of the event, while the Flaming Lips and the Shins are confirmed to perform on the second night.
Tickets for ATP are on sale now via the event's official Web site and will be available via Ticketmaster on Sept. 16. Single-day tickets are $55, while a two-day pass is $90.
The most recent American incarnation of ATP was curated by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening last fall. As previously reported, the next U.K. edition will be held Dec. 3-5 at Camber Sands and will feature Shellac, Mercury Rev, Throbbing Gristle and the Violent Femmes, among others.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The North Mississippi Allstars will release their first live album, "Hill Country Revue," Oct. 12 via ATO Records. Recorded during the band's appearance at June's third annual Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, the set boasted guest appearances by bluesman R.L. Burnside, former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson, Widespread Panic's Jojo Herman and keyboardist/producer Jim Dickinson, the father of group members Luther and Cody Dickinson.
The group will support the release with a U.S. tour kicking off Sept. 16 in Baton Rouge, La., and closing with a Nov. 12-13 stand in Boulder, Col.
As previously reported, the Allstars contribute a cover of "Whiskey Rock a Roller" to "Under the Influence -- A Jam Band Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd," due Oct. 5 via Sanctuary.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.