Billboard Bits: Depeche Mode, AMAs, Motown

News on Depeche Mode, AMAs, Motown.

Depeche Mode has canceled its planned North American tour opener tomorrow (Nov. 2) at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.'s BankAtlantic Center due to power outages and curfew limitations in the area stemming from the recent Hurricane Wilma. The tour, which comes in support of the group's new Reprise album, "Playing the Angel," will now begin Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tickets from tomorrow's show will be honored for the St. Petersburg date, but refunds are also available to fans that cannot make Thursday's gig.

Depeche Mode warmed up for the tour with a rare club show last Friday at New York's Bowery Ballroom. The 16-song set ran the gamut from oldies like "I Feel You," "Personal Jesus," "Policy of Truth" and "Enjoy the Silence" to such new album cuts as the single "Precious," "A Pain That I'm Used To," "Suffer Well" and "John the Revelator."

-- Jonathan Cohen, L.A.

Sheryl Crow, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan have joined the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, which will air Nov. 22 live on ABC from Los Angeles. Lohan will perform the
single "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" from her upcoming album, "A Little More Personal (Raw)," due Nov. 22 via Casablanca.

Among the previously announced performers are top nominee Mariah Carey, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, the Rolling Stones, Rob Thomas and Keith Urban.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson will headline a Saturday (Nov. 12) benefit at Detroit's Marriott-Renaissance Center for the Motown Historical Museum, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The event will also pay tribute to Esther Gordy Edwards, a former senior VP for the label and the founder of the Motown Historical Museum.

For ticket information, visit or call 313-875-2264.

Robinson will begin a string of 2006 performances Jan. 11 in Morgantown, W. Va., and has dates on tap through April 22 in Marion, Ohio.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.