Billboard Bits: Kiss, Angie Stone; Boz Scaggs
News on Kiss, Angie Stone, Boz ScaggsKiss will close the KIIS-FM Wango Tango set for Pasadena's Rose Bowl on May 17. According to the concert's offical Web site, the lineup will also include Nelly, Christina Aguilera, Santana, Michelle Branch, and Craig David with special guests Sting and Tyrese. Other performers include Daniel Bedingfield, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bowling For Soup, O-Town, 'N Sync's JC Chasez, Amanda Perez, and Lisa Marie Presley.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday (April 12) to the general public, with members of the KIIS Club having access to an Internet pre-sale the day before. As previously reported, Kiss and Aerosmith are teaming for a North American tour this summer which is expected to kick off Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
R&B singer Angie Stone is set to make her Broadway debut when she joins the cast of "Chicago," starting with an April 14 performance. Stone is replacing B.J. Crosby in the role of jail warden Matron "Mama" Morton, portrayed in the hit film version of "Chicago" by Queen Latifah. The musical is currently playing six nights a week at New York's Ambassador Theatre.
Stone has been working on a new album, her second for J Records and third overall, for which the Trackboyz (Joe "Capo" Kent and Mark Williams) have lent their production skills. The as-yet-untitled set will be the follow-up to 2001's "Mahogany Soul," which debuted at No. 22 on The Billboard 200 in November of that year and has sold 758,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Veteran artist Boz Scaggs tackles standards on "But Beautiful - Standards Volume 1," due May 6 via his own Gray Cat Records. Backed by a jazz quartet, Scaggs interprets such well-known selections as "Sophisticated Lady," "What's New," the title track, and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."
In May, Scaggs will kick off a tour in support of the album in Japan, playing five-night stands at Blue Note venues in Nagoya (May 5-10), Osaka (May 12-17), Fukuoka (May 19-24), and Tokyo (May 26-31). Along with plans to play North American and European jazz festival dates, including Colorado's Jazz Aspen Festival (June 21), a full U.S. tour is in the offing for late in the summer.
"But Beautiful" is the follow-up to Scaggs' 2001 Virgin set "Dig," which was his first album since 1997's "Come on Home."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.