News on Bruce Springsteen, KCRW, Joe Jackson
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are confirmed to appear on two separate broadcasts of CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." As previously reported, the act had been set to perform on the Aug. 1 episode of the show, and will now also appear on the following night's program as well.
A CBS spokesperson tells Billboard.com that the appearances will both be taped on Aug. 1, as Letterman typically tapes Thursday and Friday night shows on Thursdays. Two separate audiences will be in attendance, and a different song will be performed for each taping.
In other news, yesterday (July 24) Springsteen filmed a tour of his adopted hometown of Asbury Park, N.J., with Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC's "Today." As previously reported, Springsteen and company will perform several songs live on the morning show on Tuesday, the day his new Columbia album, "The Rising," is released. Springsteen also recently taped an interview at his home with ABC newsman Ted Koppel that will air that night on "Nightline" and "Up Close."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Live tracks by Coldplay's Chris Martin, R.E.M., Zero 7, Air, and Dido highlight "Sounds Eclectic Too," a compilation of cuts recorded on Los Angeles radio station KCRW's morning show "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and set for release Sept. 24 on Palm. The album, which also includes performances by Norah Jones, Tom McRae, Starsailor, Shelby Lynne, and Nick Cave, follows last year's release of "Sounds Eclectic" (Palm), which featured David Gray, Beck, Badly Drawn Boy, and others.
Here is the track listing for "Sounds Eclectic Too":
"Yellow," Chris Martin of Coldplay
"Distractions," Zero 7
"Radio #1," Air
"I've Been High," R.E.M.
"Casa Abandonada," Julieta Venegas
"You Cut Her Hair," Tom McRae
"Jesus on a Greyhound," Shelby Lynne
"Into My Arms," Nick Cave
"Here With Me," Dido
"You My Lunar Queen," Cousteau
"Feeling the Same Way," Norah Jones
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
The reunited Joe Jackson Band has slated a handful of U.K. dates in September to warm up for planned recording sessions that will, as previously reported, yield an album celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jackson's debut, "Look Sharp!" (A&M). So far, five dates have been set, starting Sept. 17 in Bristol, England, and ending 10 days later in Northampton. A London show is also in the planning, according to the artist's official Web site.
The tour and as-yet-untitled project will reunite bassist Graham Maby, guitarist Gary Sanford, drummer Dave Houghton, and Jackson on vocals and piano. The group formed in 1978 and stayed together through constant recording and touring until late 1980. Along with "Look Sharp!," the group produced two of Jackson's subsequent classic albums, 1979's "I'm the Man" and 1980's "Beat Crazy," both on A&M.
Here are the Joe Jackson Band's upcoming tour dates:
Sept. 17: Bristol, England (Fleece and Firkin)
Sept. 19: Brighton, England (Concorde)
Sept. 21: Oxford, England (Zodiac)
Sept. 23: Portsmouth, England (Wedgewood Rooms)
Sept. 27: Northampton, England (Soundhaus)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.