Billboard Bits: Phish, Weezer, 'Attack Of The Clones'
News on Phish, Weezer, 'Attack Of The Clones'Phish may be on a long-term hiatus, but its four members recently regrouped to record dialogue for the April 7 episode of Fox's "The Simpsons," according to a spokesperson. The episode features a previously recorded live version of the vintage track "Run Like an Antelope" -- as well as a quick run through the "Simpsons" theme song -- at a rally to advocate the legalization of marijuana for medical use.
The group's appearance continues the tradition of guest spots by musicians, including Paul and Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Aerosmith, the Smashing Pumpkins, Kid Rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Who, and Cypress Hill. As previously reported, Mick Jagger has also been tapped to guest on the show later this season.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Weezer has christened its fourth Interscope/DGC album "Maladroit" and is planning to release it in late April. The album, whose title was suggested by a fan on the band's online message board, will feature such tracks as "Dope Nose," "Take Control," and "Keep Fishin'." Earlier this month, demos for a host of the new songs were posted on Weezer's official Web site, and incredibly, some of them are already getting airplay at U.S. college and commercial radio outlets.
As previously reported, the band's Hyper Extended Midget Tour with Ozma and Saves The Day kicks off Feb. 5 in Charlotte, N.C., and wraps Feb. 25 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The next night, the group will join No Doubt and the Offspring for a previously announced show as part of the Recording Artists Coalition's (RAC) artists rights benefits.
The new album is the follow-up to last year's "Weezer," which is No. 184 on The Billboard 200 in its 35th week. The single "Photograph" is No. 35 in its 12th week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Sony Classical will release the soundtrack to "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" on April 30, Billboard Bulletin reports. The album will feature a new score by Academy Award-winner John Williams, who wrote the music for the four previous "Star Wars" films. Recording with the London Symphony Orchestra will begin this month.
Sony Classical released the soundtrack to "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" in 1999; it has sold 2 million units worldwide, according to the label. "Attack of the Clones" opens May 16 in North American theaters.