News on Coldplay, Joe Jackson, Burning Spear

coldColdplay's May 31 show at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl will be broadcast live across the U.S. by Westwood One. The two-hour special is set to air on more than 150 stations, including WXRK New York and KROQ Los Angeles.

The U.K. act will kick off its 17-date North American tour Tuesday (May 20) in Edmonton. The run, which comes in support of Coldplay's sophomore Capitol album "A Rush of Blood to the Head," will close June 13 in New York.

Released in September, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 1.58 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Latest single "The Scientist" is No. 23 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

JoeVeteran pop artist Joe Jackson has come out against New York's ban on smoking in public places. In an Op/Ed piece in today's (May 16) New York Times titled "Want to Smoke? Go to Hamburg," the U.K. born, New York City resident says, "Smokers are being demonized and victimized all out of proportion," and suggests that the law takes away part of Gotham's charm.

"I never thought I'd say this, but I'm thinking of leaving New York for a city that's free and tolerant and treats me like an adult," he writes. "Can't we just be grown up? Besides, a bit of haze in the air makes the lights look better."

Along with his complaints, Jackson makes several suggestions, including separate smoking rooms or establishments, and clean-air ventilation units. "We just want somewhere to enjoy a legal product in a sociable environment," he says. "This can be resolved in a spirit of tolerance, which is increasingly rare in this increasingly joyless city."

Jackson is on tour in Europe in support of "Volume 4" (Restless/Ryko). Released in March, the set debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 25 on the Top Internet Album Sales tally.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BurningThree albums by roots reggae elder Burning Spear (real name: Winston Rodney) have been digitally remastered and are set for reissue June 3 via Island/UME, as part of the label's Reggae Classic Albums series. "Man in the Hills" and "Dry & Heavy" will be combined onto a single CD, while the artist's definitive "Social Living" album will get a separate presentation complete with two extended-mix bonus tracks. Each of the discs will feature liner notes by reggae historian David Katz.

One of reggae's brightest stars, Burning Spear broke through in 1975 with the widely acclaimed "Marcus Garvey" (Mango). It was followed by "Man in the Hills" (1976), "Dry & Heavy" (1977), and "Social Living" (1978). His latest release, "Live at the Montreaux Jazz Fest" (Burning), debuted at No. 14 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart in March.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.