Billboard Bits: Korn, B.B. King, Pearl Jam
News on Korn, B.B. King, Pearl JamKorn has recorded a new song, "Did My Time," to be featured in the movie "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." The song will not be on the soundtrack to the Angelina Jolie-starring film, due to hit U.S. theaters July 25. However, the band plans to make it available online as a promotional download later this month.
The song is also expected to appear on the group's sixth Epic album. The in-progress disc will be the follow-up to last year's "Untouchables," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Blues great B.B. King was the star attraction last night (June 17) at the third anniversary celebration for the New York nightclub that bears his name. After accepting a plaque from members of the Bensusan family, which owns the venue as well as the city's famed Blue Note jazz club, King sat down and performed for more than an hour.
Armed with his guitar "Lucille" and backed by a crack band, the 77-year-old artist performed such signature songs as "The Thrill Is Gone" to the delight of revelers. For the finale, King was joined by guitar legend Les Paul, fellow veteran blues artist Gary "U.S." Bonds, up-and-coming guitarist Chris Thomas King, and "Sopranos" crooner Dominic Chianese.
King's latest studio album, "Reflections," was released last week by MCA.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Pearl Jam's planned concert tomorrow (June 19) at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati has been canceled due to flood damage at the venue caused by "unprecedented amount of rain experienced by the entire Ohio Valley over the past several days," according to a statement. A number of shows are axed for this reason each year at Riverbend, which is located on the banks of the Ohio River.
Refunds are available at points of purchase. Pearl Jam's summer North American tour pulls into Chicago tonight, with support from Idlewild. A triple-disc live album chronicling the band's May 3 concert in State College, Pa., will be released July 15 via Epic.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.