Billboard Bits: Roy Orbison, Wyclef Jean, Del McCoury

News on Roy Orbison, Wyclef Jean, Del McCoury

RoyFour live Roy Orbison shows have been bundled together under the banner "Authorized Bootleg Collection" and will be released Tuesday (Oct. 19) by Eagle Rock Entertainment. The titles are drawn from concerts on May 9, 1969, in Batley, England; Oct. 18, 1975, in Hornchurch, England; March 25, 1980, in Stockton, England; and July 13, 1980, in Birmingham, Ala.

In general, the shows feature identical set lists, powered by hits such as "Only the Lonely," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Crying" and "In Dreams." But they are also sprinkled with rare covers, including the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda," the Fats Domino/Chris Kenner favorite "Land of a 1000 Dances" and Lawrence Chandler's "Drift Away."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

ClefWyclef Jean will perform tomorrow (Oct. 16) at an Atlantic City, N.J., rally in support of striking casino workers there. The artist is expected to perform around noon and then lead a march through the streets of the famed resort town.

Members of Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees walked off the job Oct. 1 at seven of Atlantic City's 12 casinos. Among the issues on the table are pay increases, health care and the length of a new contact.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DelThe Del McCoury Band is planning a New Year's Eve bluegrass blowout at Nashville's storied Ryman Auditorium. The bill for the event at the former home of the Grand Ole Opry will also feature the Hackensaw Boys, the Waybacks, King Wilkey and Whitey Johnson. Tickets priced between $29.50 and $49.50 are on sale via Ticketmaster and the Ryman box office.

The Del McCoury Band, which
last week won the International Bluegrass Music Association's entertainer of the year award for an unprecedented ninth time, plays tonight (Oct. 15) in Los Angeles and tomorrow in Phoenix before taking a few weeks off of the road. Along with scattered dates through the end of 2004, the act already has dates on its itinerary stretching into the middle of next year.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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