Billboard Bits: Guns N' Roses, Eva Cassidy, Sawyer Brown
News on Guns N' Roses, Eva Cassidy, Sawyer Brown, Everly BrothersGuns N' Roses has begun rescheduling the summer European tour canceled due to health concerns relating to guitarist Buckethead. Merck Mercuriadis of Sanctuary Music Management tells Billboard.com that Buckethead has been diagnosed as having a gastric ailment by one doctor and tuberculosis by another, and that the shows will not resume until the winter to allow Buckethead adequate time to recover.
The trek was set to begin June 1 at the Rock Im Park festival in Nuremberg, Germany. As for Guns N' Roses' eternally delayed new Interscope/Geffen/A&M album, Mercuriadis said there was no update as to when the set may see the light of day.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Led by the compilation "Songbird," all five posthumous albums by Blix Street artist Eva Cassidy took the top spots on Amazon.com's best-seller chart over the weekend, following a lengthy feature on the artist Friday on ABC-TV's "Nightline." Three titles remain in the top three spots at deadline.
It's the third large sales spike for the Washington, D.C.-based singer, who died of cancer in 1996. Last December, following a 10-minute segment on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program, her albums took four out of the top five Amazon slots.
In early March, following airplay on BBC-2, "Songbird" hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart; it still resides in the top-20. Any sales gains that result from the "Nightline" broadcast, as monitored by SoundScan, will be reflected on this week's Billboard charts. Cassidy's music has yet to crack mainstream U.S. radio.
-- Bill Holland, Washington, D.C.
Country act Sawyer Brown will fill out the lineup for the 14th Everly Brothers Homecoming concert in Central City, Ky., this fall. But the group might be upstaged by hosts Phil and Don Everly, who have said this could be the last year they'll perform with their full band.
A spokesperson for the Sept. 1 concert, the centerpiece of the Central City Music Festival is unsure what role the brothers would play in the future. The music festival attracted crowds of up to 20,000 in the early 1990s. In later years, attendance has dwindled, especially when the Everly Brothers didn't perform.
The Everly Brothers recorded the hit "Bye Bye Love," which reached No. 1 on the country music charts and, as a crossover hit, peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 100 singles chart in 1957. The pair's other hits include "Wake Up Little Susie" and "When Will I Be Loved," which reached No. 1 and No. 8, respectively.
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