Billboard Bits: Metallica, Latin Grammys, Warwick

Stories about Metallica, Latin Grammys and Dionne Warwick.

MetallicaElektra/Rhino Vinyl has set an Oct. 26 release date for Metallica's "Vinyl Box." The set will collect special editions of the veteran hard rock act's first four studio albums, plus the "Garage Days Re-Revisited" EP and the import-only "Creeping Death" picture disc.

The albums "Kill 'Em All," "Ride the Lightning," "Master of Puppets" and "...And Justice for All" have been expanded to double-vinyl sets on 180-gram audiophile vinyl with new gatefold jackets. "Vinyl Box" will be limited to 5,000 numbered copies and will carry a suggested retail price of $99.98.

Metallica is in the midst of a North American tour that rolls into Peoria, Ill., tonight (Aug. 24). Dates are on tap with Godsmack through Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CarlosCarlos Santana -- who,
as previously reported, is the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year -- will share the stage with Los Lonely Boys for a performance during the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, set for Sept. 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Robi Draco Rosa will also perform, joining a steadily growing list that already includes Bebo Valdés, Diego El Cigala, Paulina Rubio. Café Tacuba, Incubus, and Ozomatli, among others.

Additionally, Daisy Fuentes, Constance Marie, Jason Ritter, Shaun Robinson, Soraya, Amber Tamblyn and Carlos Vives comprise a new batch of presenters set to appear during the ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian/actor George Lopez and will be broadcast live on CBS.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DionneDionne Warwick has tapped Gladys Knight, BeBe Winans and Dave Koz as guests on her first album of Christmas music. Due Oct. 26 via DMI Records (distributed by Navare), "My Favorite Time of the Year" finds the veteran vocalist taking on a slate of holiday classics.

Knight and Warwick duet on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," while Koz adds saxophone to renditions of "White Christmas," "Joy to the World" and "Winter Wonderland." Winans, on the other hand, joins Warwick on "I Believe in Christmas," a song he composed specifically for this project.

"This being my very first Christmas project, I am truly excited, and I, like so many others wonder what took me so long," Warwick says. "Well, the wait is over, and I am certain all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.