Billboard Bits: Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA

News on Limp Bizkit, Skip Battin, Sondre Lerche, WNBA

FredLimp Bizkit will play an invitation-only concert at New York's Webster Hall Wednesday (July 16) that will be broadcast on AOL for Broadband's "BroadBAND Rocks!" concert series. The concert will be the fourth live broadcast for the series, which makes archival concert performances available on a weekly basis for AOL for Broadband users.

The show will be streamed starting at 9 p.m. ET for AOL for Broadband users at AOL Keyword: Broadband Rocks. Additionally, it will be available on-demand for one week. The show follows live "BroadBAND Rocks!" concerts by Foo Fighters, Staind and Lou Reed; more are expected to take place later this year.

As previously reported, an as-yet-untitled forthcoming album from the Fred Durst-led band is tentatively due in September. The album will feature new guitarist Mike Smith.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the '70s and '80s, died Sunday near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease,
Billboard Bulletin reports. He was 69. Battin appeared on the Byrds' 1970-71 albums "Untitled," "Byrdmaniax" and "Farther Along." He also played with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded solo albums for Signpost and Appaloosa.

Battin got his start as part of the duo Skip & Flip, who scored two country hits between 1959-1960 with "Cherry Pie" and "It Was I."

-- Chris Morris, L.A.

SondreAstralwerks will on Sept. 23 release "Don't Be Shallow," an eight-song EP from Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche. The set includes four rare studio tracks and four cuts recorded live on Lerche's recent U.S. tour, including a cover of Cole Porter's "Night and Day."

As previously reported, Lerche will play dates this summer with Liz Phair and Jason Mraz, beginning Aug. 1 in Dallas and wrapping Aug. 27 in Pittsburgh. The artist is on tour in support of his Astralwerks debut, "Faces Down."

Here are Sondre Lerche's tour dates:

Aug. 1: Dallas (Granada Theater)
Aug. 2: Austin, Texas (Stubb's)
Aug. 3: Houston (Verizon Wireless Theater)
Aug. 5: St. Louis (Pageant)
Aug. 6: Cleveland (Agora)
Aug. 12: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Aug. 13: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
Aug. 16: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Aug. 18: Indianapolis (Egyptian Room)
Aug. 20: Murray, Ky. (Murray State, w/ Jason Mraz only)
Aug. 22: University, Miss. (University of Mississippi, w/ Jason Mraz only)
Aug. 24: Raleigh, N.C. (Ritz, w/ Jason Mraz only)
Aug. 26: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion, w/ Jason Mraz only)
Aug. 27: Pittsburgh (Rock Jungle, w/ Jason Mraz only)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Lucy WoodwardTomorrow's (July 12) Women's National Basketball Assocation's (WNBA) All-Star game will feature several musical acts to entertain before and during the game. Prior to the game, Lucy Woodward will perform a free concert outside New York's Madison Square Garden. Once the festivities hit ABC-TV at 4 p.m. ET, fans tuning in will catch Stephanie Mills performing the National Anthem prior to the game, and Tamia on the hardwood during the halftime break.

As previously reported, hip-hop veteran MC Lyte and up-and-comer Cee-Lo will perform during the WNBA All-Star Weekend events Saturday in the city's Herald Square and the next day at NBA Rhythm 'n Rims event presented by Rbk & Sprite at the city's South Street Seaport.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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