Billboard Bits: Idols Live, Copeland, Gabriel

Idols Live tour adds dates, pioneering booking agent Ian Copeland dies, Peter Gabriel joins video company's advisory board.

A total of 19 dates have been added to the American Idols Live! Tour, which will now kick off July 5 with the first of two shows in Manchester, N.H. The trek now extends through to a Sept. 24 show in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

As previously reported, the tour will feature season five "American Idol" finalists Paris Bennett, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Mandisa, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker, Elliott Yamin and Ace Young, as well as those who will find out if they will be crowned and "Idol" tonight (May 24), Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale today and tomorrow. More details are available at

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

One of the most colorful careers in music came to a close today (May 24) as pioneering booking agent Ian Copeland died in Los Angeles of melanoma. He was 57.

The sons of a CIA agent, Copeland and his brothers were part of a "law enforcement" clan in the music business: Ian founded Frontier Booking International (F.B.I.), younger brother Stewart was the founder and drummer of the Police; and older brother Miles was the founder of International Records Syndicate (I.R.S.), a record label whose acts included R.E.M., the Go-Gos, Black Sabbath, Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo and General Public. Older sister Lorraine (Lennie) is a writer and producer.

"I was the luckiest kid brother in the world," Stewart Copeland tells, which has more information on Ian Copeland's life and career.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

A pioneering talent in the field of music video, Peter Gabriel has joined the advisory board of
Image Metrics, a performance capture technology solutions company.

"The video for his chart-topping single 'Sledgehammer' set a new benchmark by which all subsequent music videos were judged," said company founder Gareth Edwards in making the announcement of Gabriel's appointment and the Manchester, England-based company's new Santa Monica, Calif., offices.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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