Billboard Bits: John Lennon, KROQ Invasion, Rob Zombie
Let the speculation resume about when the full Beatles catalog is coming to iTunes. For the first time, 16 of John Lennon's solo albums and exclusive videos from EMI Music made their digital debut onLet the speculation resume about when the full Beatles catalog is coming to iTunes. For the first time, 16 of John Lennon's solo albums and exclusive videos from EMI Music made their digital debut on the service today (Aug. 14). Like all other EMI tracks, they will be available free of DRM in higher-quality files for $1.29.
The "Lennon Legend" and "Acoustic" albums are making their worldwide digital debuts as part of the initiative. And for a 30-day window, exclusive video content is bundled with the albums "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," "Sometime in New York City," "Walls and Bridges" and "Milk and Honey" and the collections "Anthology" and "Working Class Hero."
The solo catalogs of two of Lennon's Beatles bandmates -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr -- are available on iTunes already.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver
Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Chris Cornell and Kid Rock will topline the bill for Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Invasion concert, which is moving from its longtime home in Devore, Calif., to the Home Depot Center at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
Also confirmed for the Sept. 15 concert are Cypress Hill, Perry Farrell's Satellite Party, Hot Hot Heat, Against Me! and Paramore. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Aug. 18) via Ticketmaster.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
With his directorial take on the horror classic "Halloween" set to hits theaters at the end of the month, Rob Zombie is also eyeing an Oct. 23 release for "Zombie -- Live" via Geffen/UMe, his first concert set. The album was recorded last year during the tour in support of "Educated Horses," which debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200.
Backed by guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Tommy Clufetos, Zombie here offers up tracks such as the White Zombie staples "More Human Than Human," "Thunder Kiss '65," "Black Sunshine" and "Super Charger Heaven." Among his solo tracks making the cut are "Dragula," "American Witch," "Living Dead Girl" and "The Devil's Rejects."
A DVD companion to the live album is slated to arrive next spring.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.