Billboard Bits: Roger Waters, Evanescence, Puffy AmiYumi
Roger Waters' 2000 double-disc concert album "In the Flesh Live" and the subsequent year's DVD of the same name will be packaged together for the first time in a new edition.Roger Waters' 2000 double-disc concert album "In the Flesh Live" and the subsequent year's DVD of the same name will be packaged together for the first time in a new edition. Now renamed "In the Flash," the CD/DVD is due Aug. 22 via Columbia/Legacy. Both the CD and DVD will remain available separately.
"In the Flesh Live" was taped June 27, 2000, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The track list goes heavy on Pink Floyd favorites, including "Another Brick in the Wall," "Brain Damage," "Comfortably Numb," "Wish You Were Here" and "Welcome to the Machine."
As previously reported, Waters' North American tour begins Sept. 6 in Holmdel, N.J. The shows will feature a complete performance of Pink Floyd's 1973 masterpiece "Dark Side of the Moon."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Evanescence bassist Will Boyd has left the group, according to a post from frontwoman Amy Lee on its message board. "A few weeks ago, Will decided to leave the band," she said. "He said that he just can't go through with another huge tour right now, and wants to stay a little closer to his family instead."
The search will now begin for a replacement, in advance of promotional activities in support of Evanescence's upcoming album, "The Open Door." As previously reported, the set is due Oct. 3 via Wind-Up. "We've been playing music together since I was in junior high," Lee said. "I miss him already."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi will release its next album, "Splurge," July 25 via Tofu Records. The set sports guests such as Jon Spencer ("Go Baby Power Now"), the Offspring's Dexter Holland ("Tokyo, I'm on My Way") and Butch Walker ("Radio Tokyo").
"Splurge" also includes two bonus tracks centered around collaborations with Jellyfish principal Andy Sturmer and Japanese rocker Tamio Okuda. Puffy AmiYumi is in the midst of a short North American tour with Tally Hall, which rolls into Cincinnati tonight (July 14).
Comprising Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, Puffy AmiYumi has expanded its audience on American shores since starring as the cartoons in the animated series "Hi HI Puffy AmiYumi," broadcast on Cartoon Network.
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.