Billboard Bits: Springsteen, Lou Reed, Hudson Rocks
News on Springsteen, Lou Reed, Hudson RocksBruce Springsteen & the E Street Band continue to expand their summer stadium tour, adding a Sept. 27 show at Milwaukee's Miller Park. Tickets will go on sale June 28 at the venue, its Web site, Tickets.com and several local outlets.
The group is currently on its second European tour, playing Oslo, Norway, tonight (June 19). The third U.S. leg will kick off July 15 with the first of an unprecedented 10 shows at New Jersey's Giants Stadium. So far there are 19 shows scheduled, hitting stadiums in Foxboro, Mass., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Denver.
The addition of the Milwaukee show, the first baseball stadium on the itinerary, will no doubt fuel further rumors about a Springsteen tour of similar ballparks. Although local reports suggest a show may also be staged at Boston's Fenway Park, a source close to the Boss recently told Billboard.com that while several additional stadium shows are expected, there are no plans to specifically tailor a tour to baseball parks.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
AOL will present a live broadcast Saturday (June 21) of Lou Reed's concert at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre. The program is available exclusively to AOL broadband subscribers; users will be able to access the performance for seven days. Reed's concert follows live AOL broadband events for the Foo Fighters and Staind.
AOL, which is promoting the Reed show on major-market radio stations, is also selling tickets to his North American tour at keyword: box office. Reed plays Tempe, Ariz., tonight, and will be on the road through July 16 in Graz, Austria.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.
Hudson River Rocks, a free, open-air concert series at New York's Pier 54 by the Hudson River, has set the lineup for its July 10 concert, which will feature Seattle's Pretty Girls Make Graves, Toronto's Broken Social Scene and Brooklyn, N.Y.'s the Natural History.
The concert is the second in this year's three-show series, following a June 8 event featuring the Headhunters, Topaz, and Radio Mundial. An August 7 show is also planned, with the Walkmen and additional performers to be announced.
Broken Social Scene, which just released its acclaimed sophomore album, "You Forgot It in People," in the U.S. on Arts & Crafts Records, has signed to Mercury Records for distribution outside of North America.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.