News on F. Lips, Depeche Mode, Charlie Daniels

F LipsWarner Bros. has set a July 16 North American release date for "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," the Flaming Lips highly anticipated next studio album. The set is the follow-up to 1999's critically hailed "The Soft Bulletin," which debuted at No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 97,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. Confirmed song titles include "Do You Realise?," "It's Summertime," and the title cut.

Although details for the tour in support of "Yoshimi" are not yet finalized, two Japanese dates are in the works in conjunction with the annual Summer Sonic festival. The Lips will play Osaka on Aug. 16 prior to a Summer Sonic appearance the next day in Tokyo. The event, which runs Aug. 17-18, will also feature performances by the Offspring, No Doubt, Cornershop, A, and Cave In, among others.

As previously reported, Lips principals Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd make guest appearances on "You Love Means Everything," the sophomore album U.K. DJ David Kosten's Faultline project. The set is due in the U.K. in May via Blanco Y Negro, with international release details still pending.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







depecheDepeche Mode's recent "One Night in Paris, the Exciter Tour" pay-per-view special will be released May 28 on DVD by Hip-O/Universal. The video, directed by Anton Corbijn, comprises a 2001 performance at Paris' Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy and will include bonus footage and special features.

The concert was shot with 13 cameras to give a multi-faceted view of the band's performance, allowing viewers to select their favorite camera angles or watch the Corbijn-created backdrop films the band utilized on the tour. The DVD will also include interviews with fans, backstage footage, and interviews with band members Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher.

The concert came in the middle of the Depeche Mode's world tour in support of its 2001 album "Exciter," which debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 last June. The DVD's setlist includes tracks from that album as well as songs from throughout the group's career.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.







CharlieCountry rebel Charlie Daniels is the latest artist to appear in delivery service UPS' NASCAR-related advertising campaign. In the new spot, set to premiere Sunday (April 7) during the Fox television broadcast of the Samsung/RadioShack 500, Daniels performs a revised version of his trademark song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

Like George Thorogood before him, Daniels has altered the lyrics of his song to urge NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett to switch from his car to a UPS truck. In the spot, Daniels sings: "Now Dale Jarrett is a racecar driver, let's give the man his due / But people love that big brown truck, it's time he raced it too." For more information on UPS' relationship with NASCAR, visit racing.ups.com.

A determined road warrior, Daniels will kick off a fresh round of touring Friday in Ft. Worth, Texas. According to his official Web site, he has scheduled dates stretching through to late October.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.