Billboard Bits: Travis, Nelson/Judd, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts

News on Travis, Nelson/Judd, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts

TravisScottish rock act Travis has wrapped its fourth Independiente/Epic album, "12 Memories," and will release the set in October. A single, "Re-Offender," will be released Sept. 29 internationally. "12 Memories" is the follow-up to 2001's "The Invisible Band," which debuted at No. 39 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 280,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new set was recorded in Scotland and at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England. Producer Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Suzanne Vega) was brought in during the Real World sessions to mix finished tracks and work with the band on five newly recorded songs.

Travis has three summer festival dates on tap in the coming days: Saturday (Aug. 9) at the Benicassim festival in Spain, Aug. 14 at the Frequency Festival in Salzburg, Austria, and Aug. 17 at the St. Malo Festival in St. Malo, France.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

WillieWillie Nelson and Naomi Judd will take part in the Denim & Diamonds liver disease awareness and fundraising event next month in St. Louis. Nelson will headline a Sept. 12 concert at the Pageant to benefit the Saint Louis University Liver Center and the Julia Spears Foundation for Liver Disease. Spears is the wife of Nelson's bassist, Bee Spears, who is being treated at the center.

The following night, Judd will speak at a black-tie dinner about the institution and how treatment there helped her overcome hepatitis C. An auction held in conjunction with the event will include a guitar autographed by Nelson, Nora Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Toby Keith and Sheryl Crow.

Tickets for the Sept. 12 concert are $65 and available through
Ticketmaster. Information on the Sept. 13 dinner can be obtained by calling Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center at 314-576-3078.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Crowe30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, the Australian band fronted by actor Russell Crowe, will stage a five-night stand Aug. 17-19, 21 and 23 at Chicago's House of Blues. The Grunts'
official Web site says "the band will be joined by some special guests for these shows."

While in Chicago, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts plan to tape an episode of PBS' "Soundstage" with singer/songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson. The group will make only one other North American stop this year with an Aug. 22 concert at Winnipeg's Centennial Concert Hall.

30 Odd Foot Of Grunts have a handful of dates remaining on an Australian tour: Thursday (Aug. 7) in Mildura, Friday in Hanwood and Saturday in Albury. Crowe and company are out in support of the album "Other Ways of Speaking." Released in April by Artemis in the U.S., the set debuted at No. 16 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums Sales chart and No. 34 on the Top Independent Albums tally.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.