Billboard Bits: Peter Gabriel, RFTC, Billy Joe Shaver

News on Peter Gabriel, RFTC, Billy Joe Shaver

NellyThe Sean Penn-directed video for "The Barry Williams Show," the first single from Peter Gabriel's forthcoming Geffen album "Up," will receive its world premiere tomorrow (Sept. 6) online via AOL Music First View (AOL keyword: First View) and Netscape Music. While the song in no way references the "Brady Bunch" actor of the same name, Barry Williams does make a cameo appearance in the clip, which will be exclusively available for three days beginning at 12:01 AM ET, and archived on the site through November.

As previously reported, the 11-track "Up" is Gabriel's first non-soundtrack studio album in 10 years. The set is due Sept. 24, with a fall tour planned to support its release. Beforehand, Gabriel has three European dates on tap, beginning Sept. 16 in Milan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyVagrant Records has set Oct. 22 as the release date for Rocket From The Crypt's latest studio album, "Live From Camp X-Ray." The set follows the San Diego-based band's 2001 set, "Group Sounds," which was RFTC's first set for Vagrant after a major label dalliance that saw the band issue two albums through Interscope.

Sporting 10 tracks, the efficient "Live From Camp X-Ray" will clock in at just 28 minutes. "[It] is kinda about hope in the midst of growing mediocrity and ignorance," the band's John Reis said in a statement. "It's about fighting desperately to extract some modicum of understanding whilst engulfed in blinding disgust. It is that and it is so much more... or maybe it's actually much less. But you probably don't even really care, cuz you just wanna jump on the night train, get lowdown and dirty and shake your tail feathers to the righteous Rocket Racket and forget how f***ed up everything is for a little while."

The band will undoubtedly preview songs from the set Sunday (Sept. 8) during an appearance at the annual San Diego Street Scene festival. A full U.S. tour in support of "Camp X-Ray" is expected. In the meantime, Reis can be heard fronting the side project Hot Snakes, whose sophomore Swami album, "Suicide Invoice," has drawn critical raves.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyVeteran Texas artist Billy Joe Shaver will release "Freedom's Child," his first solo studio album since the late 1980s, Nov. 19 via Houston-based independent label Compadre Records. Shaver is in the midst of finishing work on the set with producer R.S. Field. A September tour of his home state with Kinky Friedman is planned, as is a national club tour with labelmate Billy Ray Reynolds in November.

The artist's last solo set was 1987's "Salt of the Earth" (Lucky Dog). Since that time he collaborated with his son, guitarist Eddy, under the Shaver moniker, releasing four albums. Eddy Shaver died in December 2000. The pair's last Shaver release, "The Earth Rolls On," was released in March 2001 via New West.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.