Billboard Bits: RFTC/Hot Snakes, Alan Jackson, Danzig

News on RFTC/Hot Snakes, Alan Jackson, Danzig

CryptRocket From The Crypt will play its only scheduled date of the year July 23 at New York's Irving Plaza as part of the Underground Garage Battle of the Bands. Eleven bands from across the country will compete that night for the chance to perform at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival, to be held Aug. 14 at New York's Randall's Island.

RFTC is planning to release a new album sometime next year via Vagrant. The group yesterday (July 6) reissued its 1992 album "Circa Now!" with five bonus tracks.

In related news, Hot Snakes, the group fronted by RFTC vocalist John Reis, will release its highly anticipated third album in September via Swami Records, has learned. The group is planning an October tour of both U.S. coasts in support of the set, which does not yet have a title.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

AlanA segment of Interstate 85 will be declared "The Alan Jackson Highway" during a ceremony Friday (July 9) in the artist's hometown, Newnan, Ga. The bill renaming the stretch of roadway between Palmetto and Highway 154, about an hour southwest of Atlanta, was introduced last fall and recently signed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

Jackson's U.S. tour with Martina McBride in tow resumes Aug. 5 in Nampa, Idaho, and will run through a Sept. 9-10 stand in Uncasville, Conn.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DanzigVeteran metal act Danzig will release its ninth studio album, "Circle of Snakes," Aug. 31 through frontman Glenn Danzig's own Evilive Records label. The set will feature "1000 Devils Reign," "When We Were Dead" and the title track.

Founded by Danzig in 1980 after the demise of legendary punk outfits the Misfits and Samhain, the group is rounded out by guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong), who has been with the band since the mid-1990s, and the more recent additions of bassist Jerry Montano (the Deadlights) and drummer Bevan Davies (Comes With The Fall).

In advance of the set's release, Danzig will play a handful of European festival dates, including Hungary's Effot Festival (July 23) and Slovenia's Metalcamp Festival (Aug. 20).

"Circle of Snakes" will be the follow-up to the 2002 Evilive/Spitfire set "777: Luciferi," which bowed at No. 14 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.