Billboard Bits: Oysterhead, Rollins, Madonna
News on Oysterhead, Rollins, MadonnaRock supergroup Oysterhead will donate net proceeds from its shows tonight (Nov. 13) and tomorrow at New York's Roseland Ballroom to the New York Police and Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The group had to cancel a Sept. 15 warm-up show in New York following the terrorist attacks on the city.
In other news, portions of Oysterhead's Oct. 27 show in Hollywood, Calif., will be featured in an episode of HBO's "Reverb," airing Nov. 21. Expect 30 minutes of concert footage along with interviews with group members Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, and Stewart Copeland.
Oysterhead's tour in support of its Elektra debut, "The Grand Pecking Order," wraps Sunday (Nov. 18) in Gainesville, Fla. The group's official Web site is featuring video clips of recent rehearsal sessions plus a montage of studio scenes and footage from Oysterhead's maiden show in New Orleans in May 2000.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Punk icon Henry Rollins will make his first foray into live video Nov. 18, when Pioneer Entertainment releases the full-length comedy/spoken-word performance "Up for It" on VHS and DVD. "Up for It" features Rollins in a 90-minute performance filmed May 30 at London's Astoria Theatre.
The DVD version will also include a half-hour interview, a documentary on the making of "Nice" (Sanctuary) -- Rollins' latest album with his Rollins Band -- and the music video for "Your Number Is One," the first single from the album.
"Nice" debuted at No. 178 on The Billboard 200 in September. Rollins' latest spoken-word album, "A Rollins in the Wry," was released in February on Quarterstick.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Since 1999, the remixes/productions of Thunderpuss (aka DJs Barry Harris and Chris Cox) have resulted in 18 No. 1 postings on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. This week's chart includes such Thunderpuss-enhanced tracks as Enrique Iglesias' "Hero," which climbs five spots to No. 10.
Recently, the duo made its "Total Request Live" debut via the Madonna-fronted "Thunderpuss GHV2 Megamix" (Maverick/Warner Bros.). Delivered to radio the week of Oct. 29, the promo-only track finds the twosome creating a musical collage of nine Madonna hits (including "Deeper and Deeper" and "Don't Tell Me") culled from her "GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2," which is released today (Nov. 13).
In other Madonna news, the label will service club DJs with "GHV2" Nov. 20. The noncommercial single features six Madonna tracks seamlessly woven together by DJ/remixer Tracy Young. Next month, club DJs will receive a promotional three-disc set featuring the singer's best remixes of the past 10 years. One new remix (That Kid Chris' overhauling of "What It Feels Like for a Girl") will also be included.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.