Billboard Bits: Michael Jackson, Corgan/New Order, Slash
News on Michael Jackson, Billy Corgan, New Order, SlashThe star-studded Michael Jackson concert originally set for Sept. 7 in New York will be broadcast this fall as a two-hour special on CBS, Billboard Bulletin reports. The event, which will celebrate Jackson's 30th anniversary as a solo artist, may encompass multiple nights at the venue, according to sources. As previously reported, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, and 'N Sync are among the artists expected to participate.
The festivities will come a few weeks before the tentative Sept. 25 release date for Jackson's "Invincible," his first album of new studio material for Epic since 1995's "HIStory." Jackson previewed many tracks from the single disc for key worldwide Sony executives June 12 in New York, sources say.
Louis Levin, who is rumored to be negotiating to become Jackson's new manager, could not be reached for comment.
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
As tipped last month, former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will join veteran U.K. electronic pop group New Order for six live appearances this summer, beginning with a July 18 "warm up" date in Liverpool, England. After the Fuji Rock Festival on July 28 in Naeba, Japan, the group will then hit four West Coast shows on Moby's inaugural Area: One tour.
Corgan guests on the track "Turn My Way" on the group's seventh album, "NEWORDERGETREADY," due Aug. 27 on Qwest/Warner Bros. in North America. The album will be New Order's first since 1993's "Republic."
Here are Billy Corgan's dates with New Order:
July 18: Liverpool, England (Olympia)
July 28: Naeba, Japan (Fuji Rock Festival)
July 31: Mountainview, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater)
Aug. 2: Vancouver (Thunderbird Stadium)
Aug. 3: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
Aug. 4: Los Angeles (Blockbuster Amphitheater)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is back on the road in the U.S. with the latest incarnation of Slash's Snakepit in support of last year's "Ain't Life Grand" (Koch). The album has sold 29,000 copies in the U.S., according to Soundscan. In 2000, the band toured arenas opening for AC/DC, and headlined shows in North America, Japan, and Europe. Amongst the current dates is a trio of shows -- June 26 in Chicago, June 27 in Detroit, and June 29 in Pittsburgh -- opening for Billy Idol.
Here are Slash's Snakepit's tour dates:
June 21: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
June 22: New York (Wetlands)
June 23: Old Bridge, N.J. (Birch Hill Nite Club)
June 25: Cleveland (Peabody's Down Under)
June 26: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
June 27: Detroit (Royal Oak Theatre)
June 29: Pittsburgh (Iron City Light Amphitheater)
July 1: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
July 2: Milwaukee (Summerfest)
July 3: Minneapolis (the Quest)
July 6: St. Louis (Pop's Annex)
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.