Billboard Bits: Fashion Rocks, PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman
News on Fashion Rocks, PJ Harvey, Tracy ChapmanFor the second time in recent weeks, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood offered an unannounced Faces mini-reunion last night (Sept. 8) at the Fashion Rocks concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The pair performed "Maggie May" and "Stay With Me" after Stewart offered a cover of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," which appears his album, "The Great American Songbook Vol. III," due Oct. 19 on J Records.
Other surprise guests at the show included Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik, who joined Avril Lavigne for a duet on the Goos' "Iris." The three members of Destiny's Child made an unannounced appearance to introduce Stewart, while Usher was joined by guitarist Dave Navarro on "Bad Girl."
Fashion Rocks was presented by the Conde Nast Media Group and also included performances from Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill, Black Eyed Peas, OutKast's Andre 3000, Alicia Keys, Pussycat Dolls and Hoobastank. Actor/comedian Denis Leary hosted the show, which the Fox network will air on Sept. 26 as a two-hour special.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
U.K. rock act PJ Harvey has begun lining up dates for a fall North American tour, beginning Oct. 1 in Minneapolis. Ten shows are set, with more to be added. Tickets for some shows begin going on sale today (Sept. 9); visit the Polly Jean Harvey-led band's official Web site for full details.
The group is touring in support of its latest Island album, "Uh Huh Her," which debuted in June at No. 29 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 102,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set was recently among the nominees for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize, which will be handed out Nov. 10 in Los Angeles.
Here are PJ Harvey's tour dates:
Sept. 9: Cambridge, England (Corn Exchange)
Sept. 11: Birmingham, England (Carling Birmingham Academy)
Sept. 12: Bristol, England (Carling Bristol Academy)
Sept. 14: Brighton, England (the Dome)
Sept. 15: London (Carling Apollo Hammersmith)
Oct. 1: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Oct. 2: Chicago (Riviera)
Oct. 3: Indianapolis (Vogue)
Oct. 6: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Oct. 9: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 10: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 11: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's)
Oct. 13: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 14: Detroit (State Theatre)
Oct. 15: Toronto (Phoenix)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman will play six dates in western U.S. swing states, beginning Sept. 24 in Portland, Ore. Proceeds will benefit Driving Votes, which is dedicated to ensuring that registered Democrats vote in the upcoming presidential election. Tickets for the shows go on sale Saturday (Sept. 10).
"The upcoming presidential election is one of the most critical in our nation's history," Chapman says. "More than ever, every single vote counts, and I want to do whatever I can to urge every American to make their voice heard. By doing these small shows in these swing states, I hope to remind each individual in those rooms that they can take action and make a real difference."
Here are Tracy Chapman's tour dates:
Sept. 24: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theatre)
Sept. 25: Seattle (Century Ballroom)
Sept. 27: Sparks, Nev. (New Oasis)
Sept. 29: Santa Fe, N.M. (Paramount)
Sept. 30: Albuquerque, N.M. (KiMo Theatre)
Oct. 1: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.