Billboard Bits: Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Smash Mouth

News on Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Smash Mouth

AxlGuns N' Roses has been confirmed to headline the Rock in Rio-Lisbon Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 30, the second night of the five-day event. This is the first word of any live dates from the Axl Rose-led band since the plug was pulled on the band's disastrous Chinese Democracy tour last December with 13 dates remaining. That outing was marked by rioting in Vancouver and Philadelphia, when the band failed to take the stage.

Late last month, Geffen issued DVD editions of the 1998 home video "Welcome to the Videos" plus the separate 1992 releases "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II: World Tour -- 1992 in Tokyo."

-- Ray Waddell, N.Y.

JackoEpic will on Nov. 25 release a five-track CD and 12-inch vinyl single for Michael Jackson's "One More Chance." Both will feature the original version, a Paul Oakenfold mixes, and remixes by METRO and Ron G. The original version can be streamed from Jackson's
official Web site, while one of Oakenfold's remixes can be purchased from online download retailer iTunes.

As previously reported, the R. Kelly-penned "One More Chance" is the lone new track on Jackson's "Number Ones" album, due Nov. 18. The cut is No. 45 this week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

As tipped here last month, Jackson will star in a Nov. 26 CBS special. The content and format of the show has not yet been announced.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SmashAdding another cover to its film soundtrack resume, Smash Mouth contributes a version of the Beatles' "Getting Better" to "The Cat in the Hat." Due Nov. 18 from Decca, the set is largely comprised of David Newman's score, as well as a pair of songs by the film's star, Mike Myers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman ("Hairspray") wrote "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Clean Up," which Myers performs in the film.

Smash Mouth scored a hit with its cover of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" on Universal's 2001 "Shrek" soundtrack. The song reached No. 4 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and No. 25 on the Hot 100. The group's version of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?" for the 1998 "BASEketball" soundtrack (Uptown/Universal) reached No. 28 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally. Smash Mouth also contributed a rendition of Steely Dan's "Do It Again" to 2000's "Me, Myself & Irene" (Elektra/Asylum), while this year's "Jungle Book 2" featured the band's run through "Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)," performed by Louis Prima in the original Walt Disney film.

The group's own "All Star" has appeared on soundtracks for "Mystery Men," "Digimon" and "Rat Race," while the band has placed other of its own cuts in "Snow Day," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Clockstoppers" and "Austin Powers in 'Goldmember'."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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