Billboard Bits: 'Tomb Raider,' David Gray, and more
News on "Tomb Raider" soundtrack, David Gray, George Harrison, Goo Goo DollsAs first tipped here last month, several major artists have contributed new and unreleased material to the Elektra soundtrack to "Tomb Raider," expected to be one of this summer's biggest movies. A new mix of U2's "Elevation" will be the first single from the set, due June 5, and will be followed at radio by the new Nine Inch Nails song "Deep." The film opens in theaters on June 15.
Other artists offering new songs to the soundtrack include the Chemical Brothers ("Galaxy Bounce"), Outkast (the "Stankonia" outtake "Speed Ballin'"), Moby ("Ain't Never Learned"), BT ("The Revolution"), and Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins ("Illuminati"). Delerium, Basement Jaxx, Fluke, Leftfield, Groove Armada, Bosco, and Oxide & Neutrino round out the lineup.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A host of talent has been tapped to support David Gray's ongoing North American tour. Former Veruca Salt songwriter/guitarist Nina Gordon has been on board since the April 12 opening show and will handle those chores through tonight's (April 24) gig in Toronto. Newcomer Shea Seger will pick up the torch beginning Thursday in Burlington, Vt., and stay on through May 7 in Norfolk, Va. Singer/songwriter Seger is touring in advance of her debut "The May Street Project," due out June 5 in the U.S. on RCA.
Fisher will take over the reins May 8 in Raleigh, N.C., and stick with Gray through May 16 in Salt Lake City. Nelly Furtado, who has been on a North American club trek of her own, will join the tour from its May 18 stop in Universal City, Calif., until May 24 in Portland, Ore. Support for Gray's May 26-27 stand at Seattle's Moore Theatre, and May 28 closing night gig at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom has not been announced.
Gray is touring in support of the just released "Lost Songs 95-98" (ato/RCA), an acoustic collection of songs written in the three years following his exit from EMI, and his latest studio album, "White Ladder," which in January peaked at No. 35 on The Billboard 200.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Guitars made for George Harrison and Scottish performer/comedian Billy Connolly are among the 40 guitars showing at an exhibition in London, due to open tomorrow (April 25) in London. Sir George Martin will be on hand at the event, and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is also expected to attend. The exhibition will be housed in the city's Pimlico Road store, owned by budding guitarist David Linley, the son of England's Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
-- Adam White, London
A compilation disc to benefit safe school and youth leadership programs in the state of New York was released last Friday through the Musicians United organization. "Liberation: War is Over" features songs by the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, Patti Smith, and others.
The set was released Friday to coincide with the second anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., in which 13 people were killed by two students. The release follows the 1999 disc "War is Over - Musicians United for Safe Schools." Both are available from the Buffalo, N.Y.-based organization's Web site.
Other artists on the 20-track CD include 10,000 Maniacs, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, Willie Nile, and Nick Destefano.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.