Billboard Bits: Rock On The Range, Menudo, Bon Scott
ZZ Top, Evanescence and Velvet Revolver are among the acts scheduled to play this year's inaugural Rock on the Range festival, set for May 19 at the 22,555-seat Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OhioZZ Top, Evanescence and Velvet Revolver are among the acts scheduled to play this year's inaugural Rock on the Range festival, set for May 19 at the 22,555-seat Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
"We took a hard look at the entire region and tried to come up with a location that would be central to several major markets, as well as secondary and tertiary markets," AEG Live VP of Midwest operations Joe Litvag tells Billboard.com. "Secondly, I have an incredible partnership in place with our allies at Crew Stadium. We have a large space conducive to the festival atmosphere with plenty of room to grow in future years."
Also booked to appear at Rock on the Range are Hinder, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, the Operator and Black Stone Cherry.
-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.
Casting calls for the new Menudo kick off Mar. 31 near Los Angeles, with the
cameras rolling for reality shows on MTV and MTV Tr3s. A recording contract with Epic Records is already in place for the reincarnated Latin supergroup once it forms after a nationwide talent search.
Bilingual MTV Tr3s will document the "Road to Menudo" in a four-part special beginning May 12. MTV will broadcast a 10-episode show around the final five finalists this fall, with a debut album from Epic scheduled to drop in December.
Veteran boy-band manager Johnny Wright and a panel of celebrity judges will supervise auditions for boys who are at least 15 years old and "appear to be less than 19."
Contestants will be asked to sing an English or Spanish song from a list on mtvtr3s.com. Auditions take place Mar. 31 at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, Calif.; on April 14 at Miami's Bayside Marketplace; April 21 at Dallas' Valley View Mall; and on April 28 at the Queens Center Mall in Queens, N.Y.
-- Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.
A concert held in Western Australia to fund a $100,000 bronze statue of late AC/DC singer Bon Scott ended up raising $250,000. More than 10,000 fans congregated at Claremont Showground on Feb. 24 to hear top Aussie hard rock bands the Angels, Rose Tattoo, Screaming Jets and six other acts. Some audience members flew in from the United States, Europe and New Zealand.
It was a reunion of sorts for two past AC/DC members. Original singer Dave Evans flew in from Los Angeles, and the band's mid-1970s bassist Mark Evans also appeared on stage. The entire cast finished the night with a rendition of "It's a Long Way to the Top" featuring bagpipes from the Caledonian Society Scot Pipeband, whom Scott had played with in his teen years.
The leftover money will go to Support Act Ltd., which aids musicians with financial and health problems. The statue of Scott will be unveiled next year. It is still being decided whether it will be erected outside the Fremantle railway station or one of the major parks in Perth.
-- Christie Eliezer, Sydney