Billboard Bits: Dick Clark's NYE, Bob Berg, Local H
News on Dick Clark's NYE, Bob Berg, Local HPop vocal group O-Town and R&B newcomer Nivea have joined the lineup for "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" specials on ABC. They join fellow performing artists B2K, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Rod Stewart, Third Eye Blind, and Uncle Kracker, all of whom will perform on a pair of specials that will feature Clark reporting from New York's Times Square and musical performances in Hollywood. Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, and Las Ketchup will not be taking part in the festivities as was previously announced.
As previously reported, Clark will have a total of three New Year's Eve specials airing on ABC. The first will be "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve," which will air at 10 p.m. ET and will boast reports from Times Square along with footage from many of the year's biggest tours, including performances by Alabama, Coldplay, LL Cool J, and the Who. "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" parts one and two will follow at 11:35 p.m. ET and 1:05 a.m. ET, with coverage of the ball dropping in New York and the performances from Hollywood.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Jazz saxophonist Bob Berg died Thursday (Dec. 5) in Amagansett, N.Y., when a cement truck collided with his vehicle, Billboard Bulletin reports. He was 51. Inclement weather was a major factor in the accident. Berg's wife, Arja, also suffered multiple injuries but is expected to recover.
A New York native, Berg studied at the Juilliard School before apprenticing in hard-bop bands led by Horace Silver and Cedar Walton. In 1984, he joined Miles Davis' band for a two-year stint. As a leader, Berg recorded albums for the GRP, Denon, and Concord labels, among others. He recently completed a new release for the Sirocco label that is expected in the spring.
-- Steven Graybow, N.Y.
Modern rock act Local H will perform Saturday (Dec. 14) at a bar/restaurant in Crystal Lake, Ill., for Kevin Krak, winner of a summer eBay auction for a concert by the band. "I have been a fan of Local H for several years but had not seen a show when I won the auction," Krak said in a statement. Krak's $9,701 bid was the winner among 75 placed through the site.
The band will perform a free show at Duke O'Brien's -- a favorite haunt of Krak's -- in Crystal Lake, about 50 miles outside of Chicago. According to the band schedule on the venue's official Web site, a limited number of advance tickets are available for the 11 p.m. show.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.