Billboard Bits: Disturbed, CMA Awards, Lifehouse

News on Disturbed, CMA Awards, Lifehouse

Disturbed has scrapped the last seven dates of its European tour after frontman David Draiman was diagnosed with severe vocal chord inflammation. The trek was to play Manchester, England, tonight (Oct. 17) and wrap Oct. 26 in Hamburg, Germany; fans are advised to keep their tickets for make-up dates that are likely to take place in March.

Draiman will have a few weeks to rest his voice before the planned Nov. 4 kickoff of the Jagermeister tour in Minneapolis. The group's latest Warner Bros. album, "Ten Thousand Fists," recently debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

The 39th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards has grown again with Martina McBride, Sugarland and Gretchen Wilson performances added to the bill. They join
previously announced talent Brooks & Dunn (who will also host the show), Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts.

Also added to the Nov. 15 ceremony, which will be held at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast live on CBS, is Billy Joel, who will be paired with Shania Twain to present the CMA's entertainer of the year award.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Lifehouse has set a Nov. 22 for the Geffen DVD "Everything," which blends live performances shot earlier this year in Portland, Ore., with all of the music videos it has shot to date. Among them are breakthrough single "Hanging by a Moment" and currently single "You and Me," which is in its ninth consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.

The group has scattered live dates on tap in the next few weeks: Saturday (Oct. 22) in Honolulu, Oct. 28 in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 30 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Nov. 1 in Tallahassee, Fla.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.