Billboard Bits: Janet, System of a Down, Blind Melon
News on Janet, System of a Down, Blind MelonA bout with the flu has forced Janet Jackson to postpone two more shows on her All for You tour: last night's (Aug. 7) performance in Indianapolis and tonight's scheduled stop in Pittsburgh. The Indianapolis date has been rescheduled for Oct. 18; a new Pittsburgh date is pending, and will likely take place around the same time, before the European leg of the tour kicks off Nov. 2 in Helsinki. Jackson's next scheduled performance comes Friday at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.
To date, five dates on the tour have been postponed. The first flu-related postponement affected Sunday's show in Cleveland, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 5. Jackson's July 18 Milwaukee show didn't go off due to her need for emergency dental surgery. A new date for that show has not yet been worked out.
The opening date of the tour's North American leg in Vancouver, British Columbia, scheduled for July 5, was also postponed, but it had nothing to do with the performer's health. A piece of stage equipment didn't arrive in time for rehearsals and the planned premiere show, so the date was moved to a few days later.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
About 500 System of a Down fans were on hand yesterday (Aug. 7) at a motel in the seedier part of Hollywood, Calif., where the band shot a video for its new single, "Chop Suey." The track can be found on SOAD's sophomore album, "Toxicity," due Sept. 4 via American Recordings.
The fans -- selected via registry on the band's official Web site and decked out in black T-shirts specially made for the occasion -- braved near 100-degree temperatures for more than five hours. In between takes of the band lip-synching "Chop Suey," SOAD performed cuts from "Toxicity," as well as songs from its self-titled debut.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Blind Melon's 1996 documentary home video "Letters from a Porcupine" is about to get an upgrade and expansion for its initial release in DVD form. The new Capitol DVD will hit stores Sept. 11, providing a comprehensive look back on the short-lived rock group, which disbanded after only two full-length albums, following the 1995 drug-related death of frontman Shannon Hoon.
The new version of "Porcupine" will feature all eight of the group's videos, interviews, backstage and home movie footage alongside the 19 live performances that filled the original Grammy-nominated long-form video. The DVD will combine elements of the original VHS release and the enhanced-CD version of "Nico," the rarities album that accompanied its 1996 release.
Two days before the DVD will be released to retail, VH1 will air a Blind Melon episode of "Behind The Music." The group's 1992 self-titled debut reached No. 3 on The Billboard 200, fueled by the success of the sleeper hit "No Rain," which hit No. 1 on both Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.