Billboard Bits: Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454

News on Cold, Ron Sexsmith, Reach454

ColdModern rock outfit Cold has been added to this summer's rejuvenated Lollapalooza festival. The band will headline the second stage over 11 dates from July 23-Aug. 10, and join the performers on the main stage -- including Jane's Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jurassic 5, and the Donnas -- from Aug. 12-30, a stretch of nine shows.

As previously reported, Cold's forthcoming Flip/Geffen album "Year of the Spider" is due May 13. First single "Stupid Girl," featuring Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, is No. 24 this week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 29 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

RonSinger/songwriter Ron Sexsmith will be support his latest album, "Cobblestone Runway" (Nettwerk), with opening slots on upcoming tours with the Wallflowers and another run with Coldplay. A 15-show trek with the Wallflowers begins with an April 14-15 stand at New York's Bowery Ballroom; the tour with Coldplay kicks off May 24 in George, Wash., and ends June 13 in New York at Madison Square Garden. Sexsmith previously opened a string of dates on a Coldplay North American tour earlier this year.

"Cobblestone Runway" features the forthcoming single "Gold in Them Hills," a duet with Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Martin also appears in recently finished video for the track.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ReachReach454, formed by former Sick Of It All bassist Richie Cipriano, will release its self-titled debut album in June through Lava Records/Atlantic. Produced by Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Drowning Pool), the 12-track album will be led by the single "New Scar."

Cipriano plays guitar in the new group, which is rounded out by vocalist Rene Mata, bassist Danny Martinez, and drummer John Kamoosi (Primer 55). The group is finishing up a string of U.S. dates with Papa Roach, whose frontman, Jacoby Shaddix, adds his vocals to the song "Come Apart" on the Reach454 debut.

The tour, which also features Nonpoint, plays Lawrence, Kan., tonight (April 4), Pittsburg, Kan., tomorrow, and closes Monday in Denver.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.