Billboard Bits: R. Kelly, Springsteen/Scialfa, The Alarm

News on R. Kelly, Springsteen/Scialfa, The Alarm

KellyR. Kelly will perform tomorrow (Oct. 24) at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton, Texas, with proceeds to benefit the families of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq. Along with attracting personnel from nearby Fort Hood, the show will be seen via satellite by troops in the Middle East.

"I'm going to do this show like I've never done any show before," Kelly says in a statement. "I have a special place in my heart for the soldiers. They have my utmost respect because if it wasn't for them protecting our land, none of us would be able to live the way we do."

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Texas Military Family Foundation to send care packages to Iraq. Soldiers who have served in the region will be admitted to the show free.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BruceE Street Band guitarist/singer Patti Scialfa and her husband Bruce Springsteen have recorded a new version of her song "Love's Glory" for tomorrow's (Oct. 24) episode of the CBS drama "Joan of Arcadia." The song originally appeared on Scialfa's sole solo album, 1993's "Rumble Doll" (Columbia), and was re-tracked in the couple's home studio with her singing and Springsteen playing guitar.

A high school friend of show executive producer Jim Hayman, Scialfa offered a song for the freshman drama, which has featured music prominently in its first few episodes. A new version of Joan Osborne's 1996 hit "One of Us" serves as the theme, while songs by White Stripes, Warren Zevon, Rhett Miller and Nick Drake have also been heard.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MikeThe four original members of Welsh rock act the Alarm will reunite for a single performance Tuesday (Oct. 28) in London. The concert will mark the first time since the band's 1991 split that lead singer/guitarist Mike Peters, guitarist/singer Dave Sharp, bassist Eddie MacDonald and drummer Nigel Twist have performed together.

The performance will be taped for television at an unspecified venue before a limited audience. Fans can sign up for a VIP list at the band's
official Web site.

Peters has been the most visible since the Alarm's break-up, recording and touring as a solo act and fronting a touring version of the band in which he is the sole original member. As previously reported, he'll bring that band to the U.S. next month for residency series in New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. A U.K. tour will kick off in late January.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.