Billboard Bits: Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, SOAD

News on Kevin Richardson, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down

KevinThe Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson will reprise his role as Billy Flynn in the stage production of "Chicago" when he joins the show's U.S. touring company for its Aug. 5-24 stay at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre.

Richardson first played the part earlier this year as a member of the Broadway cast. "Flynn's a smooth operator; very powerful and in control at all times. And it just looked like a lot of fun," Richardson told Billboard while working in New York. "A lot of people still think of me as a kid, but I'm 31 years old, so this is an opportunity for me to do something on my own. It's a way for people to see me in a different light."

In March, the Backstreet Boys dashed hopes for the release of a new album in September when they announced that each member was concentrating on individual pursuits. It is unknown when the group will reconvene to record.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MaidenIron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain was arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car Saturday night, New York Newsday reports. The incident occurred backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., where the band was performing that night.

The attendant, who hurt his wrist after falling onto the hood of the car, claims the 51 year-old drummer intentionally hit him. McBrain was arrested by state park police and released prior to the start of the concert. His was charged with third-degree assault and is scheduled to appear in First District Court in Hempstead Sept. 16. When contacted, a representative for the band had no comment on the incident.

Iron Maiden's Give Me Ed ... 'Til I'm Dead tour continues tomorrow (July 29) in Columbia, Md. The veteran band's 13th studio album, "Dance of Death," is due Sept. 9 via Columbia.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

SystemSystem Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian will be among the celebrities taking part in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 45th annual Hollywood Stars baseball game. The Aug. 9 exhibition contest will start at 5 p.m. PT, prior to the team's scheduled game against the Chicago Cubs.

"I've been going to Dodgers games since I was a kid," Malakian said in a statement. "I can't believe I'm going to take batting practice and play baseball on the field at Dodger Stadium. This really is a dream come true for me."

The full list of participating celebrities has not yet been announced. Ticket information can be found on the
Dodgers Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.