Billboard Bits: Floetry, Bright Eyes, Mercury

Stories on Floetry, Bright Eyes and Freddie Mercury.

FloetryFloetry is busy today (Dec. 17) taping a guest appearance on the UPN show "One on One." The R&B duo will be seen on an episode slated to air March 2. Starring Flex Alexander and Kyla Pratt, the sitcom revolves around a teenage girl and her relationship with her father, a single dad. The show airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Along with a step into television, Floetry is celebrating a Grammy nomination for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals. The nod comes for the track "Say Yes," which is included on the pair's debut album, "Floetic" (DreamWorks).

Released in October 2002, "Floetic" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 19 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 689,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Bright EyesIndie-rock prodigy Conor Oberst's band Desaparecidos has dropped off the politically-minded Plea For Peace tour, which Saddle Creek labelmate Cursive will headline starting in April 2004. Schedule conflicts will prevent Desaparecidos from taking part in the tour and finishing work on its second full-length album in the spring, but Oberst's other outfit Bright Eyes will be taking to the road in February with M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for a short U.S. tour.

That outing, kicking off Feb. 19 in Omaha, Neb., will hit 10 dates in the Midwest and Northeast, wrapping with a Feb. 29 Somerville, Mass., performance. The shows are expected to be low-key in nature, with solo performances and collaborations between all the artists.

For more information on the tours, visit Saddle Creek's official
Web site.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Queen"Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God," a one-man show about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, will open a three-month Off Broadway run Jan. 11 at New York's Triad Theatre. Starring Amir Darvish ("Two Men In Shoulder Stand", "Aida"), the show has received strong reviews during two previous limited engagements. For more information visit or call 212-352-3101.

"Mercury" is not to be confused with "We Will Rock You," a musical by Queen and Ben Elton currently playing in London, Spain and Australia. The show's
official Web site reports that plans are ongoing for 2004 openings in the U.S., Germany, and Russia, and Mexico, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, Canada and Italy are on the map for 2005-2006.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.