Billboard Bits: Ozzfest, Lady Saw, the Hip & More

News on Ozzfest, Lady Saw, Tragically Hip, Satriani

HipThe final show on the 2004 Ozzfest tour, set for Saturday (Sept. 4) at Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been called off due to the approach of Hurricane Frances. Tickets will be refunded at points of purchase. Ozzfest's visit tonight to Tampa, Fla., is going on as planned.

The tour has been on the road since early July with a lineup featuring Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slipknot and Slayer, among others.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SawNotorious dancehall artist Lady Saw will release a new album, "Strip Tease," Sept. 14 via VP Records. Recorded in the artist's Jamaican home studio, the 17-track set features production by Sly & Robbie's Sly Dunbar, Dave Kelly, Black Shadow's Troyton, Tony Matterhorn and Don "Vendetta" Bennett.

The set provides plenty of tracks in the upfront, raunchy style for which Lady Saw is known, including "Man is the Least," "Strip Tease," "Coming Over," "Pretty P*ssy" and first single "I've Got Your Man." Surprising to some may be the tender "Dedicated to Mama," a remembrance of her mother, who died in 2002. "When I perform this song, people in the audience cry," she says.

Long known in dancehall circles, Lady Saw made a U.S. pop breakthrough in 2002 when she appeared on No Doubt's "Underneath It All." The cut reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100. She has posted two albums on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart: 1999's "99 Ways" (No. 10) and 1997's "Passion" (No. 8).

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

HipThe Tragically Hip's entire catalog will be reissued in the United States by Zoe/Rounder, through which the Canadian rock act issued its last two studio albums. The series will get underway Oct. 19 with the Hip's first three releases: the 1987 EP "The Tragically Hip," 1989's "Up to Here" and 1991's "Road Apples," all initially released through MCA.

The band's final album for MCA (1992's "Fully Completely") and two Atlantic releases (1994's "Day for Night" and 1996's "Trouble at the Henhouse") will be reissued Nov. 19. A final volley of 1997's MCA concert set "Live Between Us" and the Sire/Reprise studio sets "Phantom Power" (1998) and "Music @ Work" (2000) will follow on a to-be-determined date.

The Tragically Hip moved over to Zoe/Rounder to release 2002's "In Violet Light" and this year's "In Between Evolution."
As previously reported, the band will support its latest set with a U.S. tour kicking off Sept. 18 in Detroit.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

JoeGuitar whiz Joe Satriani has scheduled a U.S. tour that begins Oct. 6 in Atlanta. The first leg will run through an Oct. 30 show in Austin, Texas; a second leg will launch Dec. 26 with the first of two shows in San Francisco and end Jan. 1 in Anaheim, Calif.

Satriani is planning an intimate two-and-half-hour show in theaters and clubs. The run comes in support of his
latest album, "Is There Love in Space" (Epic), which debuted in April at No. 80 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.