Billboard Bits: Bruce/Fox, Taking Back Sunday, Fire Relief
News on Bruce/Fox, Taking Back Sunday, Fire ReliefBruce Springsteen and actor Michael J. Fox were among those who performed Saturday (Nov. 1) at the first of the two-night Light of Day concert in Asbury Park, N.J. Springsteen played with longtime friend Joe Grushecky and his band the Houserockers for more than an hour at the end of the night, joined by Fox for the show's namesake song, also the name of a 1987 Fox film.
Also featuring performances by Gary U.S. Bonds, Freddie Scott, John Eddie and Dan Bern, among others, the weekend raised $100,000 for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Grushecky's manager Bob Benjamin -- a former Billboard staffer who, like Fox, suffers from Parkinson's -- organized the event.
As previously reported, Benjamin also compiled the two-disc collection "Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen." Proceeds from the covers set, released in May in Spain and in August in the U.S., benefit the PDF and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, which raises money for research and treatment of sarcoma.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Imagine having a number to call one of your favorite bands when it is on the road. Fans of Taking Back Sunday can do exactly that, as Nokia has set the band up with a phone and number (214-263-6208). Someone from the band will answer calls -- when not on stage or sleeping, of course -- through the Nov. 23 conclusion of Taking Back Sunday's tour with Saves The Day in New York.
The Nokia 3100 phone will be given away through a contest on Alternative Press magazine's Web site at the end of the tour.
Taking Back Sunday is touring in support of its latest album, "Tell All Your Friends" (Victory), which debuted at No. 183 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 252,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. New single "Your So Last Summer" is supported by a video featuring Public Enemy's Flavor Flav.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Thursday, Thrice and Coheed and Cambria donated a portion of the proceeds from a concert last night (Nov. 3) in San Diego to the wildfire-ravaged city's Fire Relief Fund. Island Records, home to Thursday and Thrice, will match the donation. The fund was started by the San Diego Chargers football team and the NFL; donations can be sent to PO Box 609609, San Diego, CA 92160.
As previously reported, the bands are on the road as part of a tour sponsored by Alternative Press magazine and MTV2. The trek lasts through a Nov. 23 show in Hartford, Conn.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.