Billboard Bits: Carl Wilson, Mike Gordon, Dope

News on Carl Wilson, Mike Gordon, Dope

EltonElton John, Sugar Ray, In Bloom and Wilson Phillips will be among the performers at "Brian Wilson and Friends," a benefit concert for the Carl Wilson Foundation, Billboard Bulletin reports. The event is set for Oct. 16 at UCLA's Royce Hall.

The Carl Wilson Foundation, named for the lead guitarist of the Beach Boys, was established in 1999 to raise funds for cancer research. The foundation makes contributions to organizations that include the City of Hope, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians, the Silver Lining Foundation and the Musicians Assistance Program.

-- Carolyn Horwitz, N.Y.

Mike GordonPhish bassist Mike Gordon will embark on his first-ever solo tour next month, with nine dates stretching from an Oct. 5 engagement in San Francisco to an Oct. 16 gig in New York. The musician is supporting his solo debut, "
Inside In" (Ropeadope Records), the companion disc to Gordon's experimental feature-film "Outside Out."

Gordon has assembled a seven-piece band for the tour, including Phish collaborators James Harvey (keyboards) and Gordon Stone (banjo, pedal steel guitar). Guitarist Kaki King will open all dates. Tickets will be available starting Friday (Sept. 12) via a not-yet-launched dedicated site; more information can be found at the tour dates section of Phish's official Web site.

Gordon made news last month when he was arrested at a concert by the Dead in Wantagh, N.Y., and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing in a closed area. He is due Sept. 29 in Nassau County District Court.

Here are Mike Gordon's tour dates:

Oct. 5: San Francisco (The Fillmore)
Oct. 7-8: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 10: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
Oct. 11: Cincinnati (Bogarts)
Oct. 13: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
Oct. 14: New Haven, Conn. (Toad's Place)
Oct. 15: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 16: New York (Irving Plaza)

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

dopeHard rock act Dope will release its third album, "Group Therapy," Oct. 21 via Recon Records/Artemis. The enhanced disc will feature videos created by frontman Edsel Dope for all 13 songs on the album; Edsel also produced the set. Anthemic single "I Am" will lead the release.

The band has a handful of tour dates ahead of it, beginning Friday (Sept. 12) in Olean, N.Y. Footage of shows Saturday in New Castle, Pa., and Sunday in Cleveland will be filmed for use in an "I Am" video. For the full list of tour dates, visit the band's
official Web site.

"Group Therapy" will be the follow-up to 2001's "Life," which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and has sold 73,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's 1999 debut, "Felons and Revolutionaries," opened at No. 25 on that tally and has moved 236,000 copies. Flip Records/Epic released both sets.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.