News on Mariah Carey, Faithless, Grammys, Spinal Tap
Mariah Carey has been chosen to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the National Football League's Super Bowl XXXVI, to be played Feb. 3 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Carey will join last year's singers, the Backstreet Boys, on the list of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, which includes such notables as Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, and Garth Brooks.
As previously reported, U2 is set to perform during the E*Trade Super Bowl Halftime Show this year. Performers for the pre-game show are expected to be announced soon.
The Super Bowl is the nation's highest-rated TV program each year. Fox expects to broadcast the game to 130 million viewers in the U.S., and 800 million worldwide.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Electronic act Faithless has cut short its current U.K. tour after singer Maxi Jazz was injured in a car accident, Billboard Bulletin reports. The act, which topped Music & Media's European Dance Traxx chart for six weeks in a row earlier this year with "We Come 1," called off the remaining five dates after Jazz fractured his pelvis while motor racing in London last weekend.
A spokesperson at BMG tells Bulletin the dates will be postponed until January, when it's hoped the singer will have recovered. Otherwise they may be combined with the band's U.K. arena tour in March. The postponed dates are: Bristol (The Rock / Dec. 11), Southampton (Guildhall / Dec. 13), and London (Brixton Academy / Dec. 14-15).
The group's latest album, "Outrospective," debuted at No. 4 on the U.K. album chart in July. In addition to its European chart achievements, "We Come 1" reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music: Club Play chart in August.
-- Adam Howorth, London
Joni Mitchell, Al Green, and Rosemary Clooney, as well as the late Perry Como and Count Basie, will receive lifetime achievement awards from the Recording Academy during Grammy Week in February. Engineer and producer Tom Dowd and the late rock DJ Alan Freed will be honored with Trustees awards. The 44th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Last year's ceremony bestowed Tony Bennett, the Who, Sammy Davis Jr., the Beach Boys, and Bob Marley with lifetime achievement awards and producers Arif Mardin and Phil Ramone with Trustees awards.
Beloved mock heavy metal act Spinal Tap will be the special guests of comedy/rock duo Tenacious D at a Dec. 20 benefit for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) at Los Angeles' House of Blues. As previously reported, tickets for the show are $100 and $50, with the more expensive ones offering admission at a post-show party with "the D." Also appearing at the show is the Naked Trucker, the L.A.-based musical comedy act of David Koechner and Dave Allen.
Tenacious D wraps its stint opening for Weezer and Jimmy Eat World tonight (Dec. 11) in Portland, Maine. The duo has already lined up two dates next month: Jan. 22 at New York's Roseland Ballroom and Jan. 24 at Toronto's Guvernment. Tickets for both shows go on sale to the public Friday (Dec. 14), following an Internet presale that starts tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST and ends Thursday at 11 p.m. EST.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.