Billboard Bits: Dirty Pretty Things, Dulli/Lanegan, Chuck Berry
News on Dirty Pretty Things, Dulli/Lanegan, Chuck Berry"Waterloo to Anywhere," the debut album from ex-Libertines principal Carl Barat's new band Dirty Pretty Things, will be released Aug. 1 in North America via Interscope. The set has been out since last month internationally; first single "Bang Bang You're Dead" reached No. 5 on the U.K. singles chart, while the album debuted at No. 3.
Dirty Pretty Things will be on the road all summer, including a June 10 set at the U.K.'s Isle of Wight festival and two support slots for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Ipswich and Coventry.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers will be adding frequent collaborator Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees) to its ranks beginning with a June 7 show in New Orleans. Lanegan will then accompany the band for the remainder of its U.S. tour, which wraps up June 21 in Hollywood, Calif.
Dulli recently spoke to Billboard.com about returning home to a post-Katrina New Orleans to finish recording Twilight Singers' latest One Little Indian album, "Powder Burns."
"There is probably a conscious and subconscious influence based on just what I saw and the way we all had to live down there after all of that happened," he said. "Recording under a martial law curfew situation is probably not the ideal circumstance but I do have a deep abiding love of New Orleans and a loyalty to that city, which has given me so much. What that city needed more than anything was life; people living in it. And that was a small gesture on my part to a place that has given me so much."
-- Jill Menze, N.Y.
Coffee merchant Starbucks, already a major player in the music business, will enter the home video game June 27 with the release of an exclusive DVD/CD version of Taylor Hackford's 1987 Chuck Berry documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll."
"Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" -- which will be issued day-and-date to conventional retail outlets by Image Entertainment in two- and four-disc editions -- centers on rock pioneer Berry's 1986 60th birthday concert in St. Louis, which featured a house band led by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and guests including Eric Clapton, Etta James and Linda Ronstadt. Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison and Bruce Springsteen are interviewed in the feature.
Starbucks' release comprises a single-disc DVD version of the Hackford feature that includes 40 minutes of bonus footage selected and edited by Hackford and an exclusive 14-track CD compilation of '50s and '60s Berry hits. The package will be sold for $19.95 at more than 5,200 U.S. Starbucks locations.
-- Chris Morris, The Hollywood Reporter