Billboard Bits: Agassi, John Paul Jones, Tilbrook
News on Agassi, John Paul Jones, TilbrookJohn Mayer, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Josh Groban and comedians Robin Williams and Ray Romano will perform at the ninth annual Grand Slam for Children event, sponsored by the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation. The event will be held Oct. 2 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, with David Foster serving as musical director.
Tickets are $75, $100 and $125 and go on sale tomorrow (Aug. 28) via Ticketmaster. Sponsor tables are available for $30,000 and $75,000.
AACF utilize proceeds to assist at-risk youth in Agassi's Las Vegas hometown, including via donations to the YMCA of Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Philharmonic's Youth Concert Series and the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Having completed the Mutural Admiration Society tour with Nickel Creek and Glen Phillips, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is about to begin work on his next solo album.
"I hope now to spend the next few months writing and recording for my next solo album and attempt to turn all this inspiration into hard currency whilst the fingers are hot and the brain is buzzing," he writes on his official Web site.
The new album will be the follow-up to 2002's "The Thunderthief," which was released on King Crimson leader Robert Fripp's Discipline Global Mobile label.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
VH1 Classic will celebrate Glenn Tilbrook's 46th birthday on Tuesday (Aug. 31) by airing the video for his new single "Untouchable" at the top of every hour. The song can be found on his second solo album, "Transatlantic Ping Pong" (Compass Records/Quixotic London).
The video was shot in the spring in New York around the VH1 Classic's Greenwich Village studios. The cable music channel has sponsored the former Squeeze singer/guitarist's recent solo tours.
Tilbrook has dates around England and Ireland scheduled through the end of the year. He has a lone U.S. show on tap Oct. 29 in New York with the Smithereens. For more information, visit his official Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.