News on Metallica, Simon/Taylor, Jewel, Elbow

MetallicaMetallica will cram into New York's 500-capacity Bowery Ballroom on Aug. 29 for a show open only to fans who will win tickets from local radio station WXRX (K-Rock). The station will begin distributing tickets Friday (Aug. 22).

As previously reported, Metallica is among the performers set for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, to be handed out Aug. 28 at Radio City Music Hall. "We're in town to do the MTV shindig the day before," drummer Lars Ulrich explained via phone from Dublin. "That's gonna be so cool. We're gonna make that floor shake."

The group plays the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend and will return to the road beginning Oct. 25 in Buenos Aires. Metallica's latest Elektra album, "St. Anger," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

PaulThe 2003 American Drummers Achievement Awards (ADAAs), set for Sept. 13 at Boston's Berklee Performance Center, will feature performances by Paul Simon and James Taylor honoring accomplished rock drummer Steve Gadd, with whom both the singer/songwriters have worked.

Sponsored by the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal and Drumstick Company, the ADAAs are held every five years. The most recent edition, in 1998, featured performances by Gadd, Peter Erskine and Marvin "Smitty" Smith in honor of drummers Louie Bellson, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and Max Roach.

Comedian Bill Cosby will host the 2003 awards, which will also feature a performance by jazz drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and others to be named.

Gadd has been in the music business since the 1950s, and has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Nancy Wilson, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

JewelJewel will guest star in three episodes of the new NBC drama "The Lyon's Den." The singer/songwriter will play a Department of Justice lawyer trying a case against her former fiancé Jack Turner, played by series star Rob Lowe. "The Lyon's Den" will air Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning this fall.

As previously reported, Jewel has plans to star in "Wave," an independent film project she is developing and producing. She has previously appeared in the films "Standing Still" and "Ride With the Devil."

A North American tour in support of Jewel's latest Atlantic album, "0304," kicks off Sept. 19 in North Charleston, S.C.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ACHaving toiled for a decade making its 2001 Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut, "Asleep in the Back," U.K. rock act Elbow made a swift return this week with its sophomore album on V2, "Cast of Thousands." Guests range from family and friends to the London Community Gospel Choir and the entire Glastonbury Festival crowd singing "We still believe in love, so f*** you."

"'Asleep in the Back' was the best of 10 years' work, so there was no way we could do that again," bassist Pete Turner says. "I think with the new album, we've ended up with the same sort of attention to detail and willingness to experiment. But it was made in a pressure cooker, so it has a very different vibe."

"Cast of Thousands" won't be released in North America until Jan. 13, but Elbow will spend the better part of the fall on tour. The group plays the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, followed by a 12-date U.K. trek that begins Sept. 24 in Stoke.

-- Christopher Barrett, London