News on Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, Kimberley Locke, Something Corporate
VH1 Classic will go behind the scenes of Rock and Roll Fantasy camp with a two-hour block airing April 2. The segment features interviews with such rock veterans as the Who's Roger Daltrey, the E Street Band's Nils Lofgren, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts and Poison's Bret Michaels. who coach campers and prepare them for a battle of the bands at Los Angeles' House of Blues.
The seg,emt also includes videos from bands whose members participated in the camp, such as Yes' "Owner of a Lonely Heart," the Who's "Pinball Wizard," Men At Work's "Down Under" and the Cars' "Hello Again."
Speaking of the Cars, guitarist Elliot Easton hinted to VH1 Classic host Lynn Hoffman that a reunion may be in the cards. After introducing him as the band's "former guitarist," Easton corrected her by adding, "And future as well." The Cars have not been heard from since 1987; bassist Benjamin Orr died of cancer in 2000.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Second season "American Idol" finalist Kimberley Locke is planning a return to reality television with the tentatively titled "Aren't You That Girl?" The show, which is being pitched to various networks by Stiletto Television, will follow the singer as she records her second solo album and plans her wedding to high school sweetheart Don Campbell.
"People stop her all the time -- airports especially -- and they ask, 'Aren't you that girl from "American Idol?"'," says Locke's manager Jerry J. Sharell of the proposed moniker for the series. "So it was either that title or, 'Is Simon Really That Mean?' and I don't think Cowell needs more press."
Following her third-place "Idol" finish in 2003, Locke signed with Curb and released her debut album, "One Love," in May 2004. The set debuted at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 202,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon plans to release an album by his side project, Jack's Mannequin, this summer through Maverick Records. Produced by the artist and Jim Wirt (Incubus, Letter Kills), "Everything in Transit" features Tommy Lee contributing drums and Wirt adding guitar, bass and vocals.
Although Jack's Mannequin made its debut live performance last week during the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, McMahon is back on the road with Something Corporate. The band plays Friday (March 25) at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and has dates on tap through April. A handful of summer festival shows are also in the works, including a July 1 appearance at Milwaukee's Summerfest and an Aug. 3 set at the Atlanta stop of the Warped tour.
Something Corporate is out behind its 2003 Drive-Thru/Geffen set "North," which debuted at No. 24 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 330,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.