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Billboard Bits: Young, A Great Night In Harlem & More

News on Neil Young, A Great Night In Harlem, Iceland Airwaves festival.

NellySanctuary has set a Sept. 24 release for the DVD debut of the Neil Young concert film "Rust Never Sleeps." Originally recorded Oct. 22, 1978, at San Francisco's Cow Palace, the film finds Young performing songs later included on the album of the same name. Three sound options, unreleased photos, and the original theatrical trailer are featured as bonus materials.

Young tackled a handful of the songs in a solo acoustic setting, while other cuts found him backed by Crazy Horse. Such tracks as "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)," "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)," "Powderfinger," and "Thrasher" went on to grace the following year's "Rust Never Sleeps" album. Favorites such as "Cortez the Killer," "Cinnamon Girl," "Tonight's the Night," and "After the Gold Rush" round out the nearly two-hour performance.

Young also directed the film, gracing it with a touch of his trademark eccentricities. Oversized amplifiers and microphones were utilized, having been set up by hooded figures with glowing eyes (deemed "roadeyes" by Young). An announcer is heard to tout the merits of "rust-o-vision," while characters dressed alternately in white coats and robes dance on stage.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

NellyGeorge Benson, Freddie Hubbard, and Ron Carter are among the more than 50 artists who will sit in on the open jam that is A Great Night In Harlem II, a Sept. 26 benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America's (JFA) Jazz Musician's Emergency Fund. Comedian Bill Cosby will be among the celebrity hosts for the event, which will take place at the historic Apollo Theatre, and will honor jazz greats Jimmy Owens and Clark Terry.

Also slated to be honored is Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) for his successful efforts to have jazz declared a national treasure, and Dr. Jack McConnell, who created the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. Fittingly, McConnell's son, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, will also be on hand to perform.

Tickets can be purchased through the JFA by calling 212-245-3999. For more information on the JFA or the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, visit the JFA's official Web site. Last year's inaugural event featured the likes of Cecil Payne, Cassandra Wilson, Etta Jones, and Roy Haynes, among many others, and raised more than $250,000 for the Emergency Fund.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyThe Hives, Fatboy Slim, Blackalicious, and Remy Zero are among the acts confirmed for the fourth Iceland Airwaves festival, running Oct. 16-20 throughout Reykjavik. A host of native artists will also appear, including Gus Gus, the Leaves, Vinyl, Apparat Organ Quartet, Trabant, Singapore Sling, Fidel, Minus, and Silt.

While the full schedule of events is still taking shape, adventurous concert-goers can obtain package deals -- including round-trip airfare, hotel, and a festival pass -- via Iceland Air, starting at $499. For more information, visit the festival's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.