Billboard Bits: Dave Matthews Band, Neil Finn, Korn
News on Dave Matthews Band, Neil Finn, KornDave Matthews Band will take to the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York's Times Square on Monday (July 15) to tape a performance for that night's episode of CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman." The taping of the one-hour show is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m., during which the production will cut away to a specially built platform and stage 13 stories above street level for DMB's live rendition of the single "Where Are You Going."
The performance comes on the eve of release of the band's latest RCA album, "Busted Stuff." First single "Where Are You Going" is No. 32 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 71 on the Hot 100.
The next single from that set, "Grace is Gone," will receive its worldwide premiere tomorrow beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET through AOL's "First Listen" program and Netscape Music.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance at Neil Finn's show in Seattle last night (July 10), joining him for covers of the Who's "The Kids Are Alright" and the Mono Men's "Watch Outside" as well as "History Never Repeats," popularized by Finn's former band Split Enz. Vedder previously guested with Finn in mid-March at a show in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Finn, who is on tour in support of his recent Nettwerk album "One All," has also been visited on stage by Grant Lee Buffalo frontman Grant Lee Phillips, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and singer/songwriter Lisa Germano. The latter two artists, plus Vedder and members of Radiohead and Soul Coughing, joined Finn for the live album "7 Worlds Collide," issued earlier this year by Nettwerk.
Finn's tour continues to Portland tonight (July 11) and wraps July 22 in New York. He will also make an in-store appearance July 20 at Newbury Comics in Cambridge, Mass.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Korn's Elementree label has begun accepting band demos at venues during its in-progress North American tour. The label, which is also home to Orgy, Deadsy, and Marz, "is looking for more raw, eclectic musical talent," according to a statement. Submission boxes will be set up next to merchandising stands, and demos will be evaluated first by an Elementree representative, "and if it's good," by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.
Korn, Puddle Of Mudd, and Deadsy hit Indianapolis tonight (July 11). The tour wraps Aug. 1 in Phoenix.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.