Billboard Bits: Farm Aid, INC, Fleetwood & More
News on Farm Aid, INC, Fleetwood & MoreLucinda Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle, Marc Broussard, Tegan & Sara, Blue Merle, Kitty Jerry and Kate Voegele have been added to the lineup for the 2004 Farm Aid benefit concert, to be held Sept. 18 at White River Amphitheatre outside of Seattle. As previously reported, the event will also feature Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, plus Dave Matthews.
Fans can view a live Webcast of the show via FarmAid.org for a $10 donation.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Swedish rock act the (International) Noise Conspiracy has pushed the North American release date for its new studio album for Rick Rubin's American imprint, "Armed Love," to 2005. "No new date is set yet, but most likely it will be in February," the band's manager, Morgan Johansson, tells Billboard.com.
The delay is being caused by the in-progress switch of American's label affiliation from Island Def Jam to Interscope. Fronted by one-time Refused singer Dennis Lyxzen, the Swedish five-piece had previously been signed to Burning Heart/Epitaph in North America. The band's last record under that agreement was an EP, "Bigger Cages, Longer Chains," which included a cover of N*E*R*D's "Baby Doll."
INC just wrapped a stint on the Vans Warped Tour.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
Mick Fleetwood teams up not only with fellow Fleetwood Mac co-founder John McVie but former member Jeremy Spencer on "Something Big," the new album by the Mick Fleetwood Band. The set is due Sept. 27 in the U.K. on his own TallMan label via Sanctuary and a day later in North America.
The album showcases Fleetwood's latest protégé, co-producer/singer/guitarist Todd Smallwood, who handles most of the lead vocals. He also co-wrote all but one of the songs, a cover of Jackson Browne's "Looking Into You." Lauren Evans also sings on the set.
But the track "No Borders" will attract the most attention, since it features McVie, who like Fleetwood has been a constant member of Fleetwood Mac since 1967, as well as Spencer. The latter guitarist left the band abruptly in 1971 during an American tour, allegedly after telling his colleagues that he was "just popping out" to buy newspapers on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
It later transpired that Spencer had joined the religious group the Children of God. The new recording marks Spencer's first studio reunion with Fleetwood and McVie since that time.
-- Paul Sexton, London
Shellac, Mercury Rev, the Fall and Violent Femmes are among the acts confirmed for All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas event, to be held Dec. 3-5 at Camber Sands in East Sussex, England. The festival will be curated by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Other acts set to perform include Throbbing Gristle, Peaches, Wolf Eyes, Carl Craig, Lightning Bolt and surviving Minutemen members Mike Watt and George Hurley.
Tickets, which include a three-day festival pass and three nights of lodging on the site, can be purchased via ATP's official Web site.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.