Billboard Bits: Sting, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie
News on Sting, Simon & Garfunkel, David BowieStevie Wonder will be on hand Wednesday night (Dec. 10) in Las Vegas to present the Century Award to Sting at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the show will air live on Fox beginning at 8 p.m. ET (tape delayed on the West Coast).
The Century Award is Billboard magazine's highest accolade. Previous, the award has been presented to George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, John Mellencamp and Annie Lennox.
For full information on the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, including an in-depth Q&A with Sting, the list of finalists, profiles of performers, and who will be appearing on the show, click here.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
With Simon & Garfunkel's first major tour in 20 years doing monster business at the box office, organizers say the trek has the potential to extend into next year. "We're in very preliminary discussions about extending dates into next spring," Art Garfunkel's manager, John Scher, tells Billboard. "There is a possibility we could continue and do more. We're getting interest from all over the world."
The tour has dates on the books through Dec. 21 in Tampa, Fla. A camera crew was present at the duo's hometown concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden this week, prompting speculation that a chronicle of the tour may be in the works. A spokesperson says there are no plans to release anything at present, and that the taping was for archival purposes only.
Simon & Garfunkel's recent "Essential" collection was released via Sony's Legacy imprint, but the pair is understood to not be formally tied to that or any other label at this point.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
David Bowie has postponed the first two shows of the North American leg of his A Reality tour after contracting the flu. The rocker has put off shows scheduled for tomorrow (Dec. 6) at Atlantic City, N.J.'s Borgata venue and Sunday (Dec. 7) at Washington, D.C.'s Patriot Center. Fans are advised to retain their tickets, as the shows will be rescheduled.
According to a statement from Bowie's publicist, the artist's "doctors have ordered him to remain in bed for a number of days until he shakes the flu."
Bowie has just completed the European/U.K. leg of the tour, supporting his current album "Reality" (ISO/Columbia) which debuted at No. 29 on The Billboard 200 in October. The set has sold 96,800 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.