Billboard Bits: Fergie/DeGraw/Bocelli, Davies, 'Idol'

BEP's Fergie, Gavin DeGraw and Andrea Bocelli plan sports-related appearances, Dave Davies compilation due, Interactive 'American Idol' game due.

Black Eyed Peas member Fergie and Gavin DeGraw have been tapped to deliver the National Anthem prior to a pair of upcoming NASCAR auto races, while Andrea Bocelli will perform during one of the National Basketball Association's All-Star events.

Fergie's rendition of the Anthem will precede the start of the Feb. 19 Daytona 500, while DeGraw will have the honor prior to the Hershey's Kissables 300. Both races will take place at Florida's Daytona International Speedway. Fergie's performance will be seen live on NBC, DeGraw's live on TNT.

Bocelli will be on hand Feb. 18 as part of "NBA All-Star Saturday Night," a celebrity-laden basketball celebration held the night prior to the NBA's annual All-Star Game. Presented by AOL, the event will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be broadcast live on TNT.

Bocelli will perform "Because We Believe," featured on his latest album, "Amore," as part of a segment highlighting the work of NBA Cares, league's global community outreach initiative.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Kinks co-founder Dave Davies will release "Kinked," a compilation of solo studio and live recordings, March 7 via Koch Records. Among the offerings is a liver version of his Kinks songs "Living on a Thin Line" and "Picture Book."

Also included is "God in My Brain," a song recorded in January that was inspired by his 2004 stroke. "It's not God as in the grey-haired old man sitting in the sky, but the person in my head who while the stroke was happening was sitting back and observing," says Davies, who co-founded the Kinks with his brother Ray.

Davies started the songs within the week he suffered the stroke on a guitar while his speech was still slurred and the right side of his body unresponsive. The lyrics were completed at the end of 2005. The cover of "Kinked" is an original painting he created as part of his therapy at the London Neurological Hospital.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

"American Idol" is coming home in the form of an interactive DVD/board game due in March via a partnership between FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide and game maker

The game utilizes clips from the show, questions and performance challenges. The game board has players traveling from auditions through to Hollywood to the show's finals. Utilizing an included microphone, player performances are "judged" by the show's Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.