Billboard Bits: Kings Of Leon/BRMC, 'Wild Style,' 'Rock Band'
Kings Of Leon will tour North America this fall with RCA labelmates Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as the opening act. The outing begins Sept. 4 in San Francisco and will run through an Oct. 18 show in NKings Of Leon will tour North America this fall with RCA labelmates Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as the opening act. The outing begins Sept. 4 in San Francisco and will run through an Oct. 18 show in Nashville. Several festival shows are sprinkled into the itinerary, including Sept. 2 at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and Oct. 28 at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.
Kings Of Leon will be out in support of their third RCA album, "Because of the Times," which has sold 120,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are King Of Leon's tour dates:
Aug. 2-3: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Aug. 5: Chicago (Lollapalooza)
Sept. 2: Seattle (Bumbershoot Festival)
Sept. 4: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
Sept. 7: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Sept. 8: San Diego (SDSU Open Air Theatre)
Sept. 10: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Sept. 11: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Sept. 14: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Sept. 15: Council Bluffs, Iowa (Harrah's Casino)
Sept. 19: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
Sept. 21: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
Sept. 23: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 28: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Sept. 29: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's)
Oct. 4: Detroit (Fillmore)
Oct. 9: Atanta (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 10: Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama Theatre)
Oct. 18: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Oct. 28: New Orleans (Voodoo Music Experience)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The 1982 film "Wild Style," which chronicled the hip-hop explosion in New York's South Bronx, will be released in a 25th anniversary edition Sept. 25 via Rhino. Among the new features are a mini-documentary with artists from the original film like Fab 5 Freddy and Busy Bee, footage from a 20th anniversary concert and commentary from director Charlie Ahearn.
"Wild Style" has long been considered the definitive film about early hip-hop. It features appearances by Grandmaster Flash, the Rock Steady Crew and Cold Crush Brothers, among others. Also in celebration of the 25th anniversary, the film will be screened July 29 in New York as part of the Central Park SummerStage series.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The upcoming music simulation video game "Rock Band" will feature the Who's entire "Who's Next" album as a digital download direct to the game console. While the game will ship with a number of songs to play along with immediately, Electronic Arts and developer Harmonix are also making additional music available for purchase and download after its release on a week-by-week basis.
"Who's Next" is the first post-purchase content to be announced, as well as the first full-length album available. "Rock Band" allows players to assume the role of one of four band members on either guitar, bass, drums or lead vocals and "play" along to the songs on the soundtrack using virtual instruments. It is scheduled to be released this holiday season.
The game developers have also established a music advisory board to help the select the artists, albums and tracks to be included in the soundtrack. "Little Steven" Van Zandt has been named the head of the advisory group. No other members have been announced.
-- Antony Bruno, Denver