Billboard Bits: The Who, $2 Bill Concert, Hawkins

News on The Who, $2 Bill Concert, Hawkins

WhoVeteran U.K. rock act the Who will stage its only planned U.S. performance of the year June 13 at Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity dinner at New York's Gotham Hall.

Jon Bon Jovi will be among the event's "American Legends" honorees for his work to benefit children and families. Other honorees are hockey star Wayne Gretzky, basketball player Magic Johnson, baseball manager Joe Torre, golfer Arnold Palmer, football player/broadcaster Boomer Esiason and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. The evening will be hosted by television personality Regis Philbin and his wife Joy and will include many celebrity appearances.

Individual seats for the event cost $1,500, while prices for tables range from $10,000 to $30,000 and can be purchased by calling Susan Knapp at 781-772-1021.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

FatSome of hip-hop's biggest names will descend on Chicago's Vic Theatre for a May 26 taping of MTV2's $2 Bill Concert Series. The show will feature performances by Fat Joe, T.I., Juvenile, Ja Rule, Jadakiss, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Webbie and surprise guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (May 21) at the venue box office and must be paid for in cash.

The show will premiere June 19 on MTV2 and will also be broadcast as part of MTV Radio's show on XM Satellite Radio.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

TaylorFoo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has inked with Thrive Records, which will release his solo debut early next year. Hawkins' Coattail Raiders also includes recent Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, with whom he previously played in Alanis Morissette's band, plus guitarist Gannin. Several demos can be sampled on Hawkins'
official Web site.

As previously reported, the artist swaps places with frontman Dave Grohl and takes the mic on the track "Cold Day in the Sun," which will be found on the Foos' upcoming double-album, "In Your Honor."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.