Billboard Bits: Sinatra, Opry Cruise, Anthrax

News on Frank Sinatra, Opry Cruise, Anthrax

FrankReprise will issue "Sinatra at the Sands," the 1966 live album by Frank Sinatra featuring Count Basie and his Orchestra with conductor Quincy Jones, in the DVD-Audio format in August, Billboard Bulletin reports. The release, the first Sinatra album to be issued in DVD-A, will feature a 5.1-channel surround mix created by producer/engineer Elliot Mazer, plus bonus content. Mazer co-produced and mixed the DVD-A version of Neil Young's "Harvest," released last year by Reprise, as well as the original "Harvest" in 1972.

A Warner Music Group spokesperson says additional Sinatra DVD-A titles are planned.

-- Christopher Walsh, N.Y.

TraceTrace Adkins and Brad Paisley will join veteran artists Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens and Jeannie Seely on next year's Grand Ole Opry Cruise. Sailing Jan. 25-Feb. 1 from New Orleans on Carnival's M/V Conquest, the cruise will visit Montego Bay, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

Radio personality Eddie Stubbs of Opry broadcast station 650 WSM-AM Nashville will also be on board. Along with private concerts, special perks for Opry fans will include a Q&A session with the artists and a cocktail party. Prices begin at $929 per person; for more information, call 866-653-OPRY.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

AntrhaxAnthrax will launch its Taking the Music Back 2003 tour July 29 in San Diego. Joining the veteran metal act on the road will be a cast of the scene's emerging artists. Lamb Of God and Lacuna Coil will be on the tour through Aug. 13 and E Town Concrete through Aug. 29. For the full list of dates, visit Anthrax's
official Web site.

Anthrax is touring in support of its new Beyond album, "We've Come for You All." Released in May, the set debuted at No. 122 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.