Billboard Bits: Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago

News on Chemical Bros./Flaming Lips, Solar Fest, Chicago

ChemThe Chemical Brothers have collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a track that will appear on the former's upcoming retrospective album, "The Singles: 1993-03." According to the Lips' official Web site, "The Golden Part" features frontman Wayne Coyne on lead vocals and "a few other sound contributions from the whole band."

Due in September, the album will come bundled with a second disc of rare tracks and remixes. It will be augmented by a separate comprehensive DVD packed with videos and concert footage.

The Chemical Brothers will play the Glastonbury Festival June 28 in Pilton, England. The group will return to North America for DJ gigs in September.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

HarryHarry Belafonte, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and John Hiatt & the Goners featuring Sonny Landreth are among the acts lined up for the fifth annual Taos (N.M.) Solar Music Festival. Set for June 27-29, the event will also feature performances by Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Dar Williams, the reunited Subdudes, Michelle Shocked, and Gaelic Storm, as well as a slate of local artists.

Set in Taos' Kit Carson Park, the festival promotes alternative and renewable energy sources and solutions. Proceeds benefit the non-profit New Mexico Solar Energy Association. Prices range from $16 for a single day ticket to a $58 three-day pass. For more information, visit the event's
Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DaveDue July 15, Rhino's elaborate "Chicago - The Box" will survey the band's career across five discs. Amongst more than 100 songs are three previously unreleased cuts. A bonus DVD will feature archival footage of Chicago captured in 1972 at the Arie Crown Theatre in the Windy City, and a 1979 promotional film for the album "Chicago XIII."

Selections on the five audio discs are arranged chronologically, with single versions and special edits of many songs included. The previously unreleased cuts "All the Years," "Stone of Sisyphus," and "Bigger Than Elvis" appear on the fifth disc.

In conjunction with the release of "The Box," a recently taped 90-minute performance by the band will be broadcast nationally July 26 by PBS television outlets. The band's ongoing tour will last through the summer; visit Chicago's
official Web site for details.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.