Billboard Bits: Limp Bizkit, Hudson Fest; Nickelback

News on Limp Bizkit, Hudson Fest; Nickelback

DurstThe ongoing postponement of Limp Bizkit's next Flip/Interscope album has forced the group to back out of five European festival dates next month. As previously reported, "Panty Sniffer," due Sept. 8, will feature new guitarist Mike Smith. Limp Bizkit had nearly completed the album earlier this year but scrapped the project in favor of new material written since Smith came on board.

The group is eyeing to hit Europe in August and September and promises "surprise free events" in addition to appearances at high-profile festivals. Frontman Fred Durst said in a statement that "since ticket prices are so high these days and worldwide everybody's economy sucks, we think some free concerts are in order."

Limp Bizkit joins Metallica, Linkin Park, and the Deftones on the Summer Sanitarium tour, which begins July 4 in Detroit. Durst previously said a new single would be issued beforehand, although no information on the track has been released.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

BranUpstate New York will get an eclectic mix of some of rock, folk, and jazz's elder statesmen May 31 and June 1, when the Summit on the Hudson Music Festival welcomes Chuck Berry, Arlo Guthrie, Branford Marsalis, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Little Feat, and more to Croton Point Park in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y.

The lineup also includes guitarist Steve Kimock, storyteller Reid Genauer & the Assembly of Dust, funk/jamband the Radiators, and soulful singer/songwriter Martin Sexton. The event will host local craft and food vendors, roving entertainers, and booths set up by non-profit organizations.

The festival site, set at the same waterfront area that in 1997 hosted the Gathering of the Vibes festival, is located on 508 acres of land overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisade Cliffs.

Tickets are available now through promoter Terrapin Presents'
official Web site for $50 per day or $80 for a two-day pass. Summit on the Hudson attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a local charity organization, the Westchester County Food Patch.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

NickelCanadian rock group Nickelback will tour Atlantic Canada for the first time this June. The group, which is currently working on a new album, will play four dates beginning June 23 in St. John's, Newfoundland, before hitting Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

According to the band's
official Web site, tracking for a new album, set for release by Roadrunner this summer, has already started. "No title has been chosen yet," says a posting, "however they do have about 30 songs to chose from, some of which they played on tour." The set will be the follow-up to Nickelback's 2001 breakthrough, "Silver Side Up."

Here are Nickelback's tour dates:

June 23: St. John's, Newfoundland (Mile One Stadium)
June 26: St. Ephrem, Quebec (Woodstock En Beauce)
June 28: Halifax, Nova Scotia (Citadell Hill)
June 30: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Festival of Lights)

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto