Billboard Bits: Sum 41, Ringo Starr, BRMC, Hornsby

News on Sum 41, Ringo Starr, BRMC, Hornsby

SumAlthough details are scant at deadline, Canadian rock act Sum 41 will be subject of an MTV2 reality show dubbed "Road To Ruin." The network describes the project as a "half reality [show], half mockumentary," and is filming the group in the midst of its current North American tour. A spokesperson says no airdate for the show has yet been scheduled.

Sum 41 is on the road in support of its sophomore Island album, "Chuck," which has sold 406,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. North American dates are on tap through June 18 in Los Angeles, to be followed by a European tour through July 21 in Switzerland.

As previously reported, Sum 41 will then open a series of dates on Motley Crue's Carnival of Sin tour, beginning Aug. 9 in Maryland Heights, Mo.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

RingoRingo Starr will play his only live dates of the year June 19 at New York's Irving Plaza and June 25 at Chicago's Genesee Theater. The latter gig will be taped for future broadcast as part of PBS' "Soundstage" series. The former Beatles drummer will be performing in support of his
new album, "Choose Love," due June 7 via Koch.

In addition, Starr is scheduled to either appear or perform in the coming weeks on ABC's "Good Morning America," Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BRMCBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club will play its first concert of the year Saturday (May 28) in downtown Los Angeles. Only 200 tickets will be available for the performance and will be distributed Friday at a yet-to-be announced location. The show is sponsored by online radio site
Little Radio and will be held at the station's new warehouse.

BRMC has been ensconced in rehearsals of late, preparing live arrangements of the tracks on its upcoming album, "Howl." As previously reported, the set is due Aug. 23 in North America via RCA and a day earlier in Europe via Echo.

The group begins a seven-date U.K. tour June 11 in Nottingham, with support from Brian Jonestown Massacre.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BruceDue July 26 via Columbia, the "Three Nights on the Town" DVD will chronicle a unique trio of Bruce Hornsby concerts staged last October in New York. The run included a theater show at Town Hall, a club gig at venerable jazz venue the Blue Note and a rare solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

The centerpiece of the DVD is the career-spanning Live at Town Hall concert. Shot in high-definition video, the disc also includes a documentary with backstage, rehearsal and offstage footage and interviews with Hornsby and his band, the Noisemakers.

Hornsby will finish out this month with shows in Boston (Saturday, May 27), Philadelphia (Sunday) and Princeton, N.J. (May 31). A solo show is scheduled for June 21 in Washington, D.C., with a full band tour opening July 15 in Henderson, Ky. That run will close in late August with a half-dozen co-headlining dates with Bob Weir & Ratdog.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.