Billboard Bits: Ozzy, Billy Joel, TV On The Radio

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OzzyOzzy Osbourne will make a surprise appearance tonight (Sept. 8) in Foxboro, Mass., as part of ABC's "NFL Kickoff" show, has learned. As previously reported, Green Day, Trisha Yearwood and Santana with Michelle Branch will also play at the event, which will be followed by the first game of the NFL season between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.

"NFL Kickoff" will also feature highlights from a show tonight at Los Angeles Coliseum, with performances from Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte and Rihanna, as well as a live song from the Rolling Stones' concert in Detroit.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JoelBilly Joel has established a fund with the goal of providing seed money, scholarships and endowments for music education at East Coast United States colleges, universities and music schools.

The singer/songwriter/pianist has taught master classes on college campuses for more than two decades. Among his endeavors have been class programs benefiting the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation and the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at New York's City College.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ChrisNew York rock act TV On The Radio has posted a new song, "Dry Drunk Emperor," on the
Web site of its label, Touch & Go Records. The track makes no bones about its frustration with President Bush and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq via such lines as: "Did you buy the bull they sold you / that the bullets and the bombs / and all the strong arms / would bring home security?"

"In the absence of a true leader, we must not forget that we are still together," the band writes on the site. "Hearts are sick; minds must change. It is our hope that this song inspires, comforts, fosters courage and reminds us [that] this darkness cannot last if we work together."

According to a spokesperson, TV On The Radio is putting the finishing touches on its next album, which will be released early next year. The group will also support Franz Ferdinand during its October North American tour.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.