Billboard Bits: Joel/John, Neil Young, AFIM
News on Joel/John, Neil Young, AFIM awardsBilly Joel and Elton John postponed a show on their Face to Face concert tour last night (March 11) in Tampa, Fla., after Joel became ill. The performer is suffering from "acute upper respiratory infection and laryngitis," and has been feeling under the weather for several days, said Max Loubiere, his tour manager.
Monday night's concert was the second of two scheduled at the Ice Palace. Arena officials said the concert will be rescheduled, but no date was released. Ticketholders are advised to keep their tickets. "We're trying to see what the schedule is, what Elton's schedule is," Loubiere told the St. Petersburg Times. "We'll just have to wait and see."
Joel's doctor advised against going ahead with Saturday night's show, but the artist did so anyway, performing a three-hour concert with John to a sold-out crowd at the Ice Palace, Loubiere said.
The duo's next scheduled performances are Friday and Monday at New York's Madison Square Garden. They will play four shows in Uniondale, N.Y., and one in Boston before closing the tour with a three-night stand (April 6, 8, 11) at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
Beginning today (March 12), Reprise Records is offering an online preview of Neil Young's upcoming solo album, "Are You Passionate?" Streaming audio of the entire album is posted on the label's official Young Web site, and will also be made available through a network of fan sites and other online music destinations through the set's April 9 release.
In addition, a download of first single "Goin' Home" will be offered, and online retailers will be able to provide streaming audio of the album to those who pre-order the set until those orders are fulfilled. The Reprise site's "Audio" section also features a Real Audio stream of Young's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."
As previously reported, "Are You Passionate?" features Young backed by Crazy Horse guitarist "Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, and Booker T & the MG's members Booker T. Jones (keyboards), Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass), and Steve "Smokey" Potts (drums). In addition, "Goin' Home" boasts the entire Crazy Horse lineup.
Young will be out on the road with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young through March 25 in Chicago. A solo tour is expected in support of "Passionate," although the only currently confirmed dates are May 18 and 19 performances during Germany's Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Five labels received two Association for Independent Music (AFIM) awards each last night (March 11) at a reception at the San Francisco Marriott. Rodney Crowell's "The Houston Kid" won in the American category and Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow" was honored in the bluegrass field, both for Sugar Hill. Palm Pictures won with Baaba Maal's "Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)" for contemporary world music and the soundtrack to PBS' "American Roots Music" for historical.
Red House's "Last Man on Earth" from Loudon Wainwright III won contemporary folk and Lucy Kaplansky's "Every Single Day" was named best pop album. Rounder Select earned nods with "All Wound Up!" from Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo for best children's music and storytelling, and the late John Hartford's "Hamilton Ironworks" for traditional folk. Kid Ramos' "Greasy Kid's Stuff" (best electric blues) and Phil Upchurch's "Tell the Truth" (best contemporary jazz) gave Evidence Music its two wins.
Other winners included Fugazi for best rock album with "The Argument" (Dischord), Aceylone for best rap album with "Accepted Eclectic" (Ground Control), and Michael Franti & Spearhead for best hip-hop album with "Stay Human" (Six Degrees).
-- Chris Morris, San Francisco
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