Billboard Bits: Kiedis, Tori Amos, Hall & Oates
News on Anthony Kiedis, Tori Amos, Hall & OatesRed Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has inked a deal with Hyperion Books to publish his memoir, "Scar Tissue." Due in the fall of 2004, the tome will cover Kiedis' battles with drug addiction plus tales from his life with the Chili Peppers. Kiedis will be assisted in the writing process by Larry "Ratso" Sloman, perhaps best known for his work on Howard Stern's "Private Parts" and "Miss America."
"No rock star has ever been so eloquent about life on the edge as Anthony Kiedis, who will stand as naked in 'Scar Tissue' as he sometimes has appeared on stage," Hyperion president Bob Miller said in a statement. "We're thrilled to be his publisher and confident that this book will be a major bestseller in 2004."
The Chili Peppers play Glasgow tonight (March 5). A North American tour, featuring support at various points from Queens Of The Stone Age, the Mars Volta, and Snoop Dogg, begins May 1 in St. Paul, Minn.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The video for the Tori Amos single "A Sorta Fairytale" will be released April 8 on DVD. The clip was directed by Sanji (Maxwell, Lauryn Hill) and co-stars actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"). The artist's first commercial DVD will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot, as well as an Amos biography.
Taken from "Scarlet's Walk," her first album for Epic after a career spent with Atlantic Records, "A Sorta Fairytale" reached No. 11 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and No. 6 on the Canadian Singles chart. Released in November, the album debuted at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 448,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Amos is in the midst of a North American tour that touches down tonight (March 6) in New York for the first of three sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. The trek continues to grow, now stretching through newly added shows April 19 in Anaheim, Calif., and April 21 in Albuquerque, N.M.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Daryl Hall and John Oates will take the stage for the next edition of A&E's "Live by Request," which will air live March 24 from the John Jay College Center in New York, Billboard Bulletin reports. During the program, Hall & Oates will take song requests via an 800 number and E-mail. The show will be Webcast live at livebyrequest.com and simulcast over the Jones Radio network.
The duo's latest album, "Do It for Love," recently debuted at No. 77 on The Billboard 200, its first appearance on that chart since "Change of Season" reached No. 60 in December 1990. Late last year, the new album's title track hit No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The group plays Red Bank, N.J., tonight (March 7).
-- Carolyn Horwitz, N.Y.