Billboard Bits: Tom Waits, R.E.M./Wilco, Fuse/Voodoo
News on Tom Waits, R.E.M./Wilco, Fuse/VoodooSinger/songwriter Tom Waits has joined the lineup of Healing the Divide - A Benefit Concert for Peace and Reconciliation. Set for Sept. 21 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the event will also feature performances by Hamza El Din, Philip Glass, Buddhist Monks from the Gyuto Tantric Choir, Nawang Khechog, Kronos Quartet, R. Carlos Nakai, Anoushka Shankar and Foday Musa Suso.
A highlight of the event will be an address by the Dalai Lama, who will be in New York for a rare visit that will also include a public talk held in the city's Central Park. Glass and actor Richard Gere will host the show, which will benefit Healing the Divide, a non-profit organization established to improve the lives of impoverished communities throughout the Himalayan region.
Tickets ranging from $35 to $250 are available through the Avery Fisher Hall box office, CenterCharge (212-721-6500) and online through Lincoln Center or Healing the Divide.
As previously reported, Waits is tentatively scheduled to release a new studio album in March via Anti Records.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The official Web sites of R.E.M. and Wilco will host a free Webcast of a concert by both bands Sunday (Aug. 31) in Missoula, Mont. The show is the first U.S. date on R.E.M.'s 2003 world tour, which kicks off its North American leg Friday (Aug. 29) in Vancouver.
The Webcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will be accessible to fans at Remhq.com and Wilcoweb.com.
Wilco is supporting R.E.M. through a Sept. 14 show at Morrison, Colo.'s Red Rocks Amphitheater. Other opening acts on the include Sparklehorse, Ed Harcourt and Pete Yorn.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Upstart cable video music channel Fuse has signed on as the exclusive broadcaster and main stage sponsor of New Orleans' three-day Voodoo Music Experience. Fuse will produce a 90-minute special on the Oct. 31-Nov. 2 festival to air in early December, as well as promote the event through its daily programming.
In addition, Fuse and Voodoo promoter Rehage Entertainment have created the Voodoo Fuse Radio Network, which will syndicate a one-minute daily festival preview to U.S. radio outlets throughout October. Fuse VJ Juliya will also host live reports from the event including backstage interviews and performances to be heard via participating stations.
As previously reported, about 80 artists are expected to perform on Voodoo's three stages. Already confirmed acts include 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, Paul Oakenfold, Staind, Queens Of The Stone Age, Cypress Hill, the Roots, Ludacris, String Cheese Incident and Gov't Mule.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.