Billboard Bits: Radiohead, Springsteen, Tantric
News on Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, TantricPrior to commencing work on the band's next album, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway says he "will foolishly be running in the London Marathon 2002." The musician has issued a plea to the band's fans to sponsor his entry in the April 14 foot race in an effort to raise fund for the Samaritans, a U.K.-based crisis and suicide prevention charity that is part of the global organization Befrienders International.
"I'm hoping to run the Marathon in four hours," Selway writes in an E-mail sent out through the band's W.A.S.T.E. fan organization. "In those four hours, the Samaritans will take around 2,200 calls from people who are in need of emotional support. The Samaritans will listen to them, giving them the time and space to say how they are really feeling."
Selway says he wants to raise £4,500 (approx. $6,400), but is "hoping that the total will be much higher." Those who donate will be entered into a contest to win the drum set Selway used during the recording of the tracks "Exit Music (For a Film)" and "Paranoid Android," from the band's 1997 album "OK Computer" (Capitol).
For more information, visit the W.A.S.T.E. Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A New Jersey charity for local victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. is creating an educational foundation and a wellness center with help from native son Bruce Springsteen. The Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County said the foundation will provide financial aid and assistance to spouses and children of attack victims. The wellness center will offer services to meet the emotional needs of families and the community, the group said.
Springsteen asked that the amount of the donation not be disclosed, according to one of the group's founders. "He's always been very generous with his time and I am personally overwhelmed with how much he has given to this organization," she said.
Along with Bon Jovi, Phoebe Snow, Joan Jett, and others, Springsteen appeared at a pair of October benefit concerts for the organization at the 1,400-capacity Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. For more information, or to contribute to the Alliance of Neighbors, visit the group's Web site.
Following the conclusion of its ongoing tour, Tantric plans to head into the studio next month to begin recording its sophomore album for Maverick. The group plans to reteam with producer Toby Wright, as it did for its self-titled debut, which peaked last June at No. 71 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 606,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.
The as-yet-untitled new album will be recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. Maverick anticipates releasing the set late this year, although a specific date has not yet been scheduled.
Tantric is currently supporting its debut on the Miller "Rellim" tour. The trek is made up of shows at intimate venues, with backstage access granted to contest winners; Mesh STL is also on the bill.
Here are Tantric's remaining tour dates:
April 2: Las Vegas (Rain in the Desert)
April 3: San Diego (4th & B)
April 4: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
April 6: Sacramento, Calif. (Crest Theatre)
April 7: San Francisco (Ruby Skye)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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