Billboard Bits: Courtney Love, Godsmack, Yazbek
Not one to let legal wranglings slow her down, Courtney Love plans to head into a studio next week to begin work on a one-off "femme punk supergroup" project dubbed Bastard. Love, former Hole drummerNot one to let legal wranglings slow her down, Courtney Love plans to head into a studio next week to begin work on a one-off "femme punk supergroup" project dubbed Bastard. Love, former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, Veruca Salt singer/guitarist Louise Post, and bassist Gina Crosley of Rockit Girl are planning, according to Love "a South of France, AC/DC, f**k-off record." The final product is due out on the independent Epitaph label.
As previously reported, Love and Doll Head Inc., the corporate entity of Hole, filed a wide-ranging, stingingly worded cross-complaint against Geffen Records and Universal Music Group at the end of last month. The action, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, rebuts allegations in a breach-of-contract suit filed last year by Geffen and UMG against Love, Doll Head, and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Godsmack is planning to release a DVD/VHS of it sold-out hometown concert last Friday in Worcester, Mass. The show was filmed with 13 cameras, including three that were positioned over the crowd. "It's going to be a whole day event of Godsmack, from before the show, to the concert itself, to the after-show parties," says frontman Sully Erna.
The band is currently on the road in support of its sophomore Republic set "Awake," which is No. 72 on The Billboard 200 in its 18th week. The tour continues on tomorrow (March 9) in Orlando, Fla.
Yazbek will release its third album, "Damascus," in June on What Are Records? The follow-up to 1998's "Tock" promises to be chock full of self-described "challenging pop" songs, laced with the trademark wit of the band's leader David Yazbek.
Perhaps best known as a producer (XTC, Spacehog, Tito Puente) or as composer/lyricist of the Broadway version of "The Full Monty," David Yazbek collaborated on some of the new album's songs with kindred spirit Andy Partridge of XTC, as he did on his 1995 debut, "The Laughing Man."
Co-produced by Yazbek and drummer Dean Sharenow, the album also features guest vocals by Crash Test Dummies singer Brad Roberts. Rounding out the line-up is the former Urban Blight horn section of Paul Vercesi, Tony Orbach, and Kevin Batchelor, and bassist Chris Smylie. Live dates in support of the release are expected.