Billboard Bits: Shania Twain, Doors, Madonna
News on Shania Twain, the Doors, MadonnaShania Twain was in London last night (April 14) to announce her only European date of the year. She'll play a large-scale, one-off show July 12 at London's Hyde Park. A portion of the proceeds from tickets, which went on sale this morning, will be donated to the Prince's Trust charity. It will be Twain's first U.K. show in more than four years.
Twain said she is viewing the show as a separate event from her upcoming tour, which she is currently planning but for which no dates are yet confirmed. The multi-platinum singer is in London this week for further promotion in advance of the release of "Forever and For Always" as the next U.K. single from her latest Mercury album, "Up!," which the label says has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. A video for "Forever and For Always" was recently shot in New Zealand with director Paul Boyd.
-- Paul Sexton, London
The reformed Doors have confirmed four North American tour dates, starting April 24 in New York and proceeding to Boston (April 25), Philadelphia (April 26), and Wallingford, Conn. (April 28). The group is also scheduled to play July 25 in Costa Mesa, Calif. This incarnation of the Doors features original members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger augmented by Cult vocalist Ian Astbury, bassist Angelo Barbera, and drummer Ty Dennis.
As previously reported, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland was initially tapped to fill in for original Doors stickman John Densmore, but left the group earlier this year under auspicious circumstances. He later filed a $1 million breach of oral contract suit against Manzarek and Krieger. Densmore is also suing his bandmates, alleging that prior agreements mandate the Doors name and logo can only be used by the complete original band.
Here are the Doors' tour dates:
April 24: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
April 25: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
April 26: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
April 28: Wallingford, Conn. (Careerbuilder.com Oakdale Theatre)
July 25: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Pacific Amphitheatre)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A newly created performance-only video for Madonna's "American Life" will see its world premiere tomorrow (April 16) at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. The clip will air following the cable channel's special "Madonna Speaks," in which the artist discusses fame and the state of the world with actress Megan Mullally (NBC's "Will & Grace") and, in a separate interview, the decision to pull the original "American Life" video.
As previously reported, earlier this month Madonna canceled the release of the anti-war imagery-laden "American Life" clip to video outlets. She said in a statement that she did not want to risk offending anyone and did not want the video to be misinterpreted.
The title track from her Maverick/WB album "American Life" debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and is No. 67 this week on the Hot 100. The album is due April 22, the same day Madonna will perform live for an MTV special, "Madonna On Stage & On the Record."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.