Billboard Bits: Jagger, Mission Of Burma, Berry/Richard
News on Mick Jagger, Mission Of Burma, Chuck Berry/Little RichardMick Jagger will appear on an episode of the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" this season, according to the network. The Rolling Stones vocalist recorded his voice-over for the program last week, but the details surrounding his storyline are being kept secret. Jagger joins a long list of rockers who have appeared on the show over the years, 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.
-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y.
Mission Of Burma got a little help from some friends and admirers over the weekend during the group's second and third reunion shows since its 1983 dissolution. On Saturday (Jan. 12) at New York's sold-out Irving Plaza, the Boston-based underground rock trio was joined by Sonic Youth guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo for the instrumental "All World Cowboy Romance," which required extended wrangling with the amplifiers beforehand. "The last time I saw a blown fuse on stage must have been '82," Moore was heard to exclaim.
The following night at the same venue, Burma tackled the song again with Moby (who covered the group's classic "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" on his 1996 album "Animal Rights"), Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, and Versus' Richard Baluyut (whose band had opened the show). Both gigs were filmed for possible future release. Burma's reunion schedule continues Friday (Jan. 18) at the Avalon in Boston.
For a review of Saturday night's show, visit Billboard.com's Live Reviews section.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Rock'n'roll legends Chuck Berry and Little Richard are teaming up for a pair of appearances. First the duo will show up Jan. 24 on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," where they are set to perform Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." Two nights later, they will play what's being billed as a "Legends Concert" at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre.
While the two have performed on the same bill in the past, they have never before performed a song together, according to Little Richard, and have not yet determined what songs they will collaborate on during the Legends Concert. Tickets for that show, which is sponsored by L.A. radio outlet K-EARTH 101 FM, are available via Ticketmaster.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.