2017 BET Awards
Billboard Bits: Goo Goo/Hootie, Sub Pop, Opry
News on Goo Goo Dolls/Hootie and the Blowfish, Sub Pop, OpryGoo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish have been added to the lineup for the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, which, as previously reported, will be held June 28 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The new acts join previously announced performers Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, and Brooks and Dunn. Earnhardt was killed Feb. 18, 2001, in a racing accident that occurred during the last lap of the Daytona 500.
Tickets to the concert, the first non-racing event ever to be held at the Speedway, go on sale Saturday (March 22). All concert ticket holders will also receive free admission to the July 2 Kraft/Nabisco Qualifying Night at the racetrack. Net proceeds from the tribute concert will benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.
"I grew up in NASCAR country and have always been a big racing fan," said Hootie frontman Darius Rucker in a statement. "I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with the memory of one of the greatest drivers in history."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Although details are still being hammered out, a spokesperson confirms that Sub Pop Records will on June 3 release "Terminal Sales," a two-disc compilation celebrating the label's 15th anniversary. Look for the album to feature tracks from Nirvana, White Stripes, Soundgarden, Ween, Sonic Youth, Sunny Day Real Estate, Sebadoh, Bright Eyes, Rapeman, Mudhoney, the Shins, and many more.
Named after the location of the original Sub Pop office in the Terminal Sales Building, the collection is expected to include both "greatest hits and rarities," such as cuts originally released via Sub Pop's Singles Club that have yet to appear on CD.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House is in the midst of a $7.5 million renovation that began earlier this month. Without shutting down or affecting scheduled performances, improvements will be made to the venue's audio system, the theater will be given an acoustical treatment, and the stage lighting will be enhanced upon the project's planned October completion.
The Gaylord Entertainment Company-owned building will also see two additions to its structure, which will house a new gift shop, box office, and public restrooms for the Opry Plaza. New concessions areas and other improvements will be noticeable in the public areas of the Opry House.
"By making this sizeable investment in this world-renowned facility," Gaylord Entertainment president/CEO Colin Reed said in a statement, "our company is making certain that the experience of going to the Grand Ole Opry is the best possible for our customers, as well as providing an outstanding environment in which the artists perform their great music."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.