Billboard Bits: Beatles, String Cheese, Lit
News on Beatles, String Cheese, LitInfinity Broadcasting has teamed with Apple Corps to present a premiere airing of "Let It Be...Naked," the new version of the Beatles' swan song. The album will be aired in its entirety Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on Infinity stations in 35 major U.S. markets. TV journalist Pat O'Brien will host the broadcast, which will be followed by a live roundtable discussion with musicians and other guests discussing the album and the Beatles' legacy.
In the 10 days leading up to the premiere, 72 Infinity stations across the U.S. will broadcast teaser "vignettes" of rare or unreleased excerpts from the original "Let It Be" recording sessions.
As previously reported, "Let It Be...Naked" will be released Nov. 18 on EMI. The album has been thoroughly remixed to remove the post-recording orchestral overdubs added by producer Phil Spector in the absence of the band, which was mired in interpersonal tumult at the time.
In other Beatles news, rare photographs of the group are compiled in Robert Freeman's book "The Beatles: A Private View," due in November via Big Tent Entertainment/ Freeman shot the album cover for "With the Beatles" and was the group's official photographer in its early years. A limited edition of the volume includes a signed and numbered print of a prospective photo submitted as a cover possibility for the Beatles' "Revolver" album.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Jam band String Cheese Incident's concert tomorrow night (Oct. 31) at Las Vegas' House Of Blues will be broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio's 17 JamON channel. Live excerpts of the show will also be cybercast through sirius.com/jamON.
As previously reported, String Cheese in August filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster claiming that the company has monopolized the concert ticketing industry by using its market power to prevent competition from selling concert tickets. The group will wrap its current tour leg Nov. 2 at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience. A new round of touring kicking off Dec. 2 in Los Angeles will close New Year's Eve with the last of three shows in Chicago.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
In an attempt to narrow down potential songs for its next album, modern rock act Lit will perform the material during a brief West Coast tour and ask fans to weigh in on their favorites. The band has more than 20 songs recorded for the set, tentatively titled "Weapons of Mass Distortion" and due sometime next year via Dirty Martini/RCA.
The band's recently relaunched official Web site is selling downloads of three new songs -- "Looks Like They Were Right," "Too Fast for a U-Turn" and "Lullaby." The new album will be the follow-up to 2001's "Atomic," which debuted at No. 36 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 163,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Lit's upcoming tour dates:
Oct. 26: Los Angeles (House of Blues; Trinity Kids Care benefit)
Nov. 8: Port of Spain, Trinidad (Decibel Festival)
Nov. 16: Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho)
Nov. 17: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin)
Nov. 19: Sacramento, Calif. (Boardwalk)
Nov. 20: Palo Alto, Calif. (Edge)
Nov. 21: Bakersfield, Calif. (Montgomery World Plaza)
Nov. 22: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Nov. 24: Los Angeles (House of Blues
Nov. 25: San Diego (Cain's)
Nov. 26: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.