Billboard Bits: Madonna, Allman Bros., Banderas

News on Madonna, Allman Bros., Banderas

MadonnaAn anticipated DVD stemming from Madonna's Re-Invention tour will likely surface towards the end of the year, according to the artist's official Web site. "We are currently looking at releasing the DVD sometime during the fourth quarter of 2005 in time for the holidays," the site says, although it makes no mention of the fate of a separate Jonas Akerlund-directed tour documentary.

The Re-Invention outing was the top tour of 2004, grossing $125 million in box office receipts, according to Billboard Boxscore, selling out 55 of 56 performances. "My Re-Invention tour was by far the most creatively satisfying experience I have ever had," Madonna told Billboard in December. "I was able to put everything I love into one entertaining event: film, music and dance."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BrothersThe Allman Brothers band has tacked on a special 10th show to its annual
New York run at the Beacon Theatre. The March 22 performance will raise funds for the Big House Foundation, which will turn utilize the money to turn the Allmans' original Macon, Ga., homebase into a museum.

Other acts on the bill include Gov't Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers and Jaimoe's Jassss Band. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Feb. 23) via Ticketmaster.

"The Big House" served as the Allmans' home from 1970-1973. The property was purchased in 1993 by the band's tape archivist, Kirk West, who refurbished it and began filling it with Allmans memorabilia. For more information on the museum, visit its official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CarlosAntonio Banderas has been added to the performance lineup for Sunday's (Feb. 27) 77th annual Academy Awards. The actor will join Carlos Santana for a rendition of best original song nominee "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries" during the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from Hollywood on ABC.

It was
originally thought that Enrique Iglesias would accompany Santana. At deadline, there was no official word available regarding the change. As previously reported, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Counting Crows will also perform nominated songs.

Banderas is no stranger to singing, having most recently contributed a version of "Livin' la Vida Loca" with Eddie Murphy to the "Shrek 2" soundtrack.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.