Billboard Bits: Juanes, George Michael, Tenacious D
News on Juanes, George Michael, Tenacious DColombian pop rocker Juanes has been added to the list of performers for the second annual Latin Grammy Awards. Juanes leads the nominations with seven, including album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, and best new artist. As previously reported, the Sept. 11 event was moved from its originally scheduled location of Miami to Los Angeles amid safety concerns.
Other acts confirmed to perform at the awards ceremony are Luis Miguel, Thalia, Alejandro Sanz, and Vicente and Alejandro Fernandez, who will duet together.
-- Leila Cobo, Miami
Pop star George Michael has kept his promise to a Beatles museum in Liverpool, England, and returned the piano used by John Lennon to record the song "Imagine." The Steinway Model Z upright piano was back on display today (Aug. 23) at the Beatles Story Museum, one year after Michael paid $2 million for the 31-year-old instrument at auction, museum staff said.
The piano had been on loan to the museum before its owner decided to sell it. Michael remarked that his new purchase was "not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people."
But after shelling out all that cash, he said he wanted to record a song with the piano for his next album. His publicist said it was unclear whether such a recording had been made. The piano, built in Hamburg in 1970 and bought by Lennon the same year, was delivered by police escort from Michael's London home, museum staff said.
Tenacious D, the comedy rock duo made up of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, has lined up a 17-city U.S. tour in support of its self-titled Epic debut, due Sept. 25. The tour begins Sept. 8 in New York and wraps Oct. 31 in San Francisco.
The self-proclaimed "greatest band on earth," which first caught the public eye as the stars of a short-lived HBO series, will also appear on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" during the tour.
"Tenacious D" was produced by the Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys, Beck) and features guest appearances by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Phish's Page McConnell, among others. The first single will be "Wonderboy," and will be accompanied by a video directed by Spike Jonze.
Here are Tenacious D's tour dates:
Sept. 8: New York (Town Hall)
Sept. 20: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Sept. 22: Atlanta (99X Radio Show)
Sept. 26: New York (Late Show with David Letterman)
Sept. 27: New York (Daily Show with Jon Stewart)
Sept. 28: Winooski, Vt. (Higher Ground)
Oct. 1: Detroit (State Theater)
Oct. 3: Minneapolis (State Theater)
Oct. 5: Chicago (Riviera Theater)
Oct. 7: St. Louis (American Theater)
Oct. 9: Cleveland (Agora Theater)
Oct. 11: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 12: New York (Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Oct. 13: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Oct. 15: Raleigh, N.C. (Ritz)
Oct. 17: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Oct. 19: Austin, Texas (Austin Music Hall)
Oct. 23: Phoenix (Web Theater)
Oct. 24: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theater)
Oct. 31: San Francisco (Warfield Theater)
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
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