Billboard Bits: Velvet Revolver, Alabama, Crash Radio

News on Velvet Revolver, Alabama, Crash Radio

ScottThe new group featuring Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland, Guns N' Roses' Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, and Suicidal Tendencies' Dave Kushner has been christened Velvet Revolver. The group's track "Set Me Free" is off to a fast start at rock radio outlets such XTRA San Diego and WBCN Boston. As previously reported, the cut appears in the upcoming film "The Hulk" and its Decca/UMG soundtrack, due Tuesday (June 17).

The band has recorded a number of songs for its label debut but has yet to ink a deal. Weiland also has outstanding legal issues to attend to, following a recent arrest for drug possession. He is due back in court July 11.

The long-term status of Stone Temple Pilots is unknown. Group members Robert and Dean DeLeo produced Alien Ant Farm's upcoming album, "truANT," due Aug. 19 from DreamWorks.

-- Melinda Newman, L.A.

DaveRetiring country music act Alabama has joined the lineup of the June 28 Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
As previously reported, the event will also feature performances by Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Delbert McClinton.

"We knew each other for quite awhile," Alabama's Randy Owen says of Earnhardt in a statement. "Around 1982, a friend of mine called and said he wanted to bring this racing boy by the house. I didn't know who Dale was because he was just getting started. All my friend said was, 'that this guy could drive a darn race car.'"

The concert will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, which the late race car driver's wife Teresa established to carry on his name and charitable work. Tickets available through the Earnardt Web site and Ticketmaster.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ScottPop/punk act Crash Radio will be the sole artist performing on the 10-city BMX Movie tour. The trek will herald the Ride BMX film "Reincarnation," and feature a screening, chances to meet professional riders, and a set by the band. Los Angeles-based Crash Radio's self-titled debut is due Aug. 19 via Melisma/Virgin.

Here are the BMX Movie Tour dates:

July 21: New York (Knitting Factory)
July 22: Boston (Harpers Ferry)
July 23: Philadelphia (The Trocadero)
July 24: Washington, D.C. (Zanzibar on the Waterfront)
July 25: Richmond, Va. (The Canal Club)
July 29: San Diego (The Scene)
July 30: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory)
Aug. 1: Vancouver (Sonar)
Aug. 2: Seattle (Showbox)
Aug. 3: Portland, Ore. (Paris Theatre)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.