Billboard Bits: Ramones Tribute, Lil' Kim, Sammy Hagar
News on Ramones Tribute, Lil' Kim, Sammy HagarThe release of "We're a Happy Family," the long-awaited Ramones tribute album spearheaded by Rob Zombie, has been pushed back one week to Nov. 12 on DV8/Columbia Records. As previously reported, the set features contributions from Pete Yorn, Metallica, the Pretenders, Tom Waits, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, Kiss, and more.
Zombie himself turns in a version of "Blitzkreig Bop," and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recorded two songs in collaboration with Seattle band Zeke, "I Believe in Miracles" and "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)," the latter of which will only appear as a limited-edition bonus track with initial pressings of the album.
In related news, Sessions Records will on Sept. 24 release the Foo Fighters' new single, "All My Life," on 7" vinyl. It will be backed by a cover of the Ramones' "Danny Says," featuring guitarist Chris Shiflett on vocals. The group's new album, "One by One," is due Oct. 22 on RCA.
-- Troy Carpenter & Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Hip-hop starlet Lil' Kim will appear in the indie urban Western "Guns and Roses." The film, written and directed by Jean Claude LaMarre ("Higher Ed"), is currently in production and features a cast that also includes singer Bobby Brown, LisaRaye ("The Player's Club"), Monica Calhoun ("The Best Man"), Marie Matiko ("The Art of War"), and Louis Mandylor ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding").
Set in the 1800s, the action film follows the turbulent journey of five female outlaws who are fighting to avenge the murder of one of their own. Combining elements of classic spaghetti Westerns with the gritty world of hip-hop, "Guns" is now shooting in Los Angeles.
-- Josh Spector, The Hollywood Reporter
Sammy Hagar will release a new studio album, "Not 4 Sale," Oct. 8 via 33rd Street Records. It's the follow-up to his 2000 set "Ten 13," which debuted at No. 52 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 127,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That album's lead single, "Serious Juju," reached No. 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
"Not 4 Sale" features first single "Things Have Changed" and such other numbers as "Whole Lotta Zep," "Stand Up," "The Big Square Inch," "Hallelujah," and the title cut. Hagar recently concluded his co-headlining tour with fellow former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth but is expected to tour later this year in support of the new album.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.