Billboard Bits: Anselmo, Inland Invasion, George Clinton

News on Phil Anselmo, Inland Invasion, George Clinton

PhilPhil Anselmo made his first public appearance since the on-stage murder of his former Pantera bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott last night (Aug. 15), playing rhythm guitar for New Orleans sludge-metal merchants Eyehategod at CBGB in New York.

Before launching into their set, the band shared a joint onstage and Anselmo took the microphone, dedicating the performance to "his brother, Dimebag Darrell."

However, the artist, who also fronts Superjoint Ritual and has played with EHG guitarist Jimmy Bower in the band Down, did not sing. After Abbott's death in December, Anselmo said in a statement, "this is the last you'll be seeing of me for a long time."

As for the frequently on hiatus Eyehategod, the group's one-hour set favored songs from its 1993 sophomore album, "Take As Needed for Pain."

-- Bram Teitelman, N.Y.

BeckA host of modern rock's top acts will appear at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Inland Invasion. The fifth annual event will be held Sept. 17 at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore, Calif., and will feature Beck, Bloc Party, the Bravery, Cake, Garbage, Jet, Live, Madness, Oasis, 311, the Arcade Fire and Weezer.

Tickets go on sale Saturday (Aug. 20) at 12 p.m. PT via Ticketmaster. Members of the station's Street Team will also have multiple opportunities to win free tickets to Inland Invasion as it approaches.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GeorgeHaving already established itself as a major player in the field of instant live concert recordings, DiscLive will begin selling instant DVDs at an Aug. 25 show featuring George Clinton and the band All Funk Radio at Dallas' d'Jango on the Parkway. The DVD will be free with each ticket purchased and will be distributed within 15 or 20 minutes after the end of the concert.

Proceeds from the Dallas event will benefit the Texas Music Project, which is working to bolster music education in the state's public schools.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.