Billboard Bits: Beasties, 'Yu-Gi-Oh!,' Yo La Tengo

News on Beastie Boys, 'Yu-Gi-Oh!,' Yo La Tengo

BoysThe Beastie Boys have begun confirming dates for their fall North American tour, with rapper Talib Kweli in tow. Arena shows are set for Sept. 14 in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 16 in San Francisco and Sept. 19 in Seattle. Pre-sale information is available on the Beasties' official Web site.

The tour officially gets underway Aug. 7-8 at Japan's Summer Sonic Festival. The trio will also appear Oct. 16 at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Festival.

The Beasties will be touring in support of their latest Capitol album, "To the 5 Boroughs," which debuted last month at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

PeasThe previously unreleased Black Eyed Peas track "For the People" will anchor the soundtrack to the animated film "Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie," due Aug. 10 via RCA. Also featured on the set is "It's Over," the debut from five-piece student group Fatty Koo, signed to Columbia following a recording session on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Educational Bus tour in Columbus, Ohio.

The majority of the 12-track album consists of songs by studio musicians to soundtrack the character Yugi Muto's encounters with various monsters. The theme song of the "Yu-Gi-Oh!" WB television series is included as a bonus track.

The Warner Bros. film will open Aug. 13 in U.S. theaters. For more information on the franchise, visit the U.S. "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

YoYo La Tengo and John Wesley Harding have signed on to perform at the End of an Error, an evening of music and comedy with proceeds earmarked for presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign. The event will be held Aug. 12 at New York's Spirit club. General-admission tickets are $35; a package featuring a VIP reception is also available.

Other principals set to appear at the event include actor Eric Bogosian, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Rachel Dratch, author Jonathan Lethem and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" stars Kyan Douglas and Ted Allen.

For more information, visit End of an Error's
official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.