Billboard Bits: 'Music To My Ears,' Eagles, Meat Beat
News on 'Music To My Ears,' Eagles, Meat BeatA concert will be held July 20 at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, Mass., to benefit the Music to My Ears Project. Among those performing will be 11-year-old jazz pianist Matt Savage.
The Music to My Ears Project will launch next month as a one-week camp experience intended to help children with special needs achieve a high degree of musical ability. Providing a performance driven and skill oriented experience for kids affected by such disorders as autism was the goal of late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White and his wife, Judy Garlan-White. Along with a group of friends, she has continued the effort to make the camp a reality in the wake of White's death a year ago.
The organization's advisory board includes artists John Mellencamp, Sting and Don Henley, all of whom performed at the October Timothy White memorial concerts in Boston and New York. Also on the board is White's best friend, screenwriter Mitch Glazer, and Steve Jordan, who served as the musical director for the concerts.
For more information or to make a contribution to the Music To My Ears Project, contact Garlan-White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
The Eagles have put a series of front-row ticket packages for their summer tour up for bid at eagles.yahoo.com, Billboard Bulletin reports. All proceeds from the auction, powered by Stubhub.com, will benefit such band-supported charities as Mountain Restoration and Aspen Grassroots. Also up for bid are autographed guitars and boxed sets.
The ticket auctions end a few days before each concert. Bids have soared as high as $2,500 for a two-ticket bundle for the Aug. 9 show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Eagles begin a two-night stand tonight (July 16) in Boston and will be on the road through Aug. 24 in Auburn, Wash. The group is working on its first new studio album since 1979's "The Long Run."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Meat Beat Manifesto will release "Storm the Studio R.M.X.S" Sept 23 through MBM principal Jack Danger's own Tino Crop. Label. The set will see all of the tracks from MBM's 1989 debut, "Storm the Studio," remixed by the likes of Anti-Pop Consortium's High Priest, DJ Spooky, Merzbow, Scanner, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, Komet, DJ Swamp and others.
Dangers collaborated with his Tino Corp. partner Ben Stokes to recast the album's opener "Cease to Exist" under the moniker M.B.M vs. D.H.S." The pair founded the label in 1998 to curate unique beats and sounds used by turntablists, released through the "Tino's Breaks" series.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.