Billboard Bits: Crue, 'Austin City Limits,' & More

Stories on Motley Crue, 'Austin City Limits,' Diamond Rio/Trace Adkins and Sigur Ros

CrueSources close to the situation tell that discussions are under way for a Motley Crue reunion tour featuring all four original band members -- Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars. "We're not there yet; we're at the 20 yard line," says the source.

If it happens, the reunion will include several new songs from the band to be released in "unconventional ways," along with a full-blown tour in the first quarter of 2005. The band hasn't toured with all four original members since 1999.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

FogertyThe 30th season of the PBS performance series "Austin City Limits" will kick off tomorrow (Oct. 2) with a one-hour episode starring John Fogerty. This season will also boast episodes featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band (Oct. 9), Damien Rice and Patty Griffin (Oct. 16), Michael McDonald and Joss Stone (Oct. 23) and Lyle Lovett and Jamie Cullum (Oct. 30).

"'Austin City Limits' is the source for authentic music on television," says Terry Lickona, who produces the series for KLRU Austin and Capitol Sports & Entertainment. "This season, we're enhancing the show by improving sound and lighting and debuting a new opening sequence with highlights from some of our best performances."

A pair of episodes slated for later this season will stem from the now annual Austin City Limits Music Festival: Sheryl Crow and former Phish guitarist/singer Trey Anastasio. Other shows will boast reunited modern rock act the Pixies, Latin groove group Ozomatli and modern rock acts the Flaming Lips and Bright Eyes.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

RioCountry acts Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins will perform during the inaugural Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert, set for Wednesday (Oct. 6) at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah, Ky. Joining Stewart at the event will be his fellow NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty.

Proceeds from the concert, presented in conjunction with Bass Pro Shops and Hultman Inc., will benefit Easter Seals West Kentucky, the Paducah chapter of Dream Factory and Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.

The show will be taped for a one-hour special that will air on Great American Country later this fall.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

SR"Von," the 1997 debut album from Icelandic rock act Sigur Ros, will see its first North American release Oct. 26 via One Little Indian U.S. The album was previously available only through the band's Icelandic label, Smekkleysa Records.

The band has been working on its next studio album, the follow-up to its 2002 MCA album "( )." The set debuted at No. 51 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 210,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was among the nominees for best alternative music album at the 46th Grammy Awards. Earlier this year, the group
released the music it composed for Merce Cunningham's dance piece "Split Sides" via Universal.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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