Billboard Bits: Area: Two, Ozzy, Williams/Kid Rock
News on Area: Two, Ozzy Osbourne, Williams/Kid RockPerformance art troupe Blue Man Group and drum-and-bass titan Dieselboy have been added to the lineup for Moby's Area: Two tour, which, as previously reported, kicks off July 28 in Bristow, Va. A spokesperson says the trek is hoping to confirm U.K. rock outfit Doves for the bill but that no definitive news on that front is yet available.
Doves would likely join Moby, David Bowie, and Busta Rhymes on the main stage, while Dieselboy and Blue Man Group reinforce a stellar dance stage lineup of Tiesto, John Digweed, DJ Dan, the Avalanches, and Carl Cox.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
President George Bush teased veteran rocker turned television star Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday from the podium of the during the annual White House Correspondents dinner in Washington, D.C. Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, -- stars of MTV's hit series "The Osbournes" -- were the guests of Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.
"The thing about Ozzy is, he's made a lot of big hit recordings -- 'Party With the Animals,' 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,' 'Face in Hell,' 'Black Skies,' and 'Bloodbath in Paradise,'" said the president. "Ozzy. Your mom loves your stuff."
About 1,800 people attended the dinner, now in its 88th year. The White House Correspondents Association was formed in 1914 as a liaison between the press and the president. Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the dinner.
Hank Williams Jr. is planning a duet with rocker buddy Kid Rock at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) show, pending the approval of CBS, which will air the ceremony May 22. Williams will perform his song "The F Word" in a duet with Rock. A spokesperson said both artists have received confirmation agreements with show producer Dick Clark Productions to appear and perform the song, but there's some question about the network allowing it to air on a prime-time special.
Kid Rock often performs Williams' "A Country Boy Can Survive" in concert. The duet "The F Word" was released on Williams' recent Curb album "Almeria Club," which debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in January.
Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn are the top contenders for this year's ACM awards, with six nominations each. Both acts, plus Kenny Chesney, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Lee Ann Womack, are among the confirmed performers.
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