Billboard Bits: Incubus, Blind Boys, Will Smith
News on Incubus, Blind Boys, Will SmithIncubus' new album, "A Crow Left of the Murder," will be released Feb. 3 via Epic. The set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) and will be preceded by the single "Megalomaniac," due to hit U.S. radio outlets on Dec. 15.
As previously reported, the group is expected to begin a world tour in January. Incubus has also begun selling its own authorized bootlegs via the IncubusBootlegs.com site; the first release is "Live at Lollapalooza 2003." One cut from the set, "Pistola," is also expected to appear on "A Crow Left of the Murder."
Meanwhile, frontman Brandon Boyd has written a book, "White Fluffy Clouds," which can be pre-ordered from BrandonBoydBooks.com. The volume is described as a "collection of artwork, poetry, insights, reflections, ramblings, candid portraits and a general celebration of things interesting while on the tour bus and performing on the road."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A host of guests will perform with the Blind Boys Of Alabama at the group's Dec. 19 show at New York's Beacon Theatre. Expected collaborators are Chrissie Hynde, Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, Michael Franti, John Medeski and blues greats Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard. Most of the artists lent a hand to the group's first Christmas album, "Go Tell it on the Mountain" (Real World).
The show will come near the end of the vocal group's holiday tour in support of the set, which also features Staples. The nine-date tour kicks off Dec. 9 in Boulder, Col., and will close Dec. 21 in Philadelphia. The group's European tour visits London tomorrow (Nov. 21) and wraps Nov. 21 in Paris. A handful of U.S. shows are planned before the holiday tour gets underway.
Also in the offing are several television performances: Dec. 9 on the syndicated "Wayne Brady Show," Dec. 15 on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and a Christmas Day performance with Neville on the network's "Today" morning show.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Will Smith will star in the Columbia Pictures comedy "Last First Kiss," which is scheduled for a March production start. "Kiss" finds Smith portraying a date doctor who claims that he can match life mates in just three dates. When a beautiful female journalist enlists in the program, she attempts to expose the doctor as a scam artist.
Smith will also be seen in the sci-film film "I, Robot," which opens July 16 in U.S. theaters, and the animated feature "Shark Tale," due in October.
-- Josh Spector & Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter