Billboard Bits: Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode

News on Billy Joel, GNR/Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode

Although details are still coming together, Columbia is eyeing a June 13 release for "12 Gardens Live," a double-disc concert album chronicling Billy Joel's record-breaking 12-night sell-out run at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows were part of Joel's first major tour in eight years, which will resume in Europe beginning June 26 in Vienna.

"People ask me how I get psyched up for a show," Joel recently told Billboard. "When I walk out and I'm standing on the stage when the lights go up and there's this huge roar, you're psyched up. We basically haven't changed our philosophy from the early days. Whether we're playing clubs, colleges, arenas or stadiums, tertiary markets or major cities, the focus is on that particular concert."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Seventeen years after their first stint opening for the Rolling Stones, Guns 'N Roses have been tapped to open for the English rock legends at two German shows this summer. GNR will support the Stones July 10 in Nurnberg and two days later in Leipzig.

The dates will come in the middle of GNR's summer European tour, which begins May 27 at Lisbon's Rock in Rio festival. The band will warm up for the jaunt with a May 12, 14-15, 17 stand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. As for GNR's eternally delayed new album, "Chinese Democracy," no release date is in the offing.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Depeche Mode has teamed with Live Here Now to produce authorized live recordings of 50 concerts from its 2006 tour. The first shows in the series will be April 27 in Mountain View, Calif., and April 29 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Taping will continue once the band hits Europe this summer for the final portion of the tour.

Live Here Now has previously set up similar campaigns for Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and Throbbing Gristle. Shows can be ordered at each venue or via

As previously reported, Rhino will on May 16 release expanded reissues of the group's classic albums "Speak and Spell," "Music for the Masses" and "Violator."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.