Billboard Bits: White Stripes, Dandy Warhols, Juanes
News on White Stripes, Dandy Warhols, JuanesThe White Stripes will overtake NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" next month for musical performances on four consecutive nights, according to a spokesperson. Beginning April 22, the Detroit rock duo will play a different song each night, including material from its new Third Man/V2 album "Elephant," due Tuesday (April 1). First single "Seven Nation Army" is No. 19 in its fourth week on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally.
Meanwhile, the Stripes have begun confirming spring U.S. tour dates, starting with an April 15-16 in their hometown. The group is also set for the Made In Bo festival June 2 in Bologna, Italy, appearing alongside Queens Of The Stone Age and Audioslave.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Portland, Ore.-based modern rock quartet the Dandy Warhols will return this summer with a new studio album, "Welcome to the Monkey House." Due May 19 internationally and July 22 in North America via Capitol, the set features guest spots from producer Nile Rodgers on "I Am a Scientist" and Duran Duran vocalist Simon LeBon on "Plan A." Fellow Duran Duran member Nick Rhodes also lends his production talents to the new album.
"Welcome to the Monkey House" is the follow-up to the 2000 album "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia," which debuted at No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 112,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Bohemian Like You" reached No. 28 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally.
The group has 12 European dates on tap for later this spring, beginning May 14 in Dublin and including performances in early June at the German Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park festivals. A North American trek will get underway in July.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A massive crowd of Juanes fans overflowed the Grand Foyer of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center Monday night to take in a free performance by the Colombian artist. The audience of more than 6,000 spilled into the adjoining Hall of Nations and out onto the plaza, and is thought to be the largest for a single performance at the venue. Video screens were set up so everyone could see the artist's six-song performance.
Juanes' appearance on the Kennedy Center's Millennium stage was part of a nightly free concert series hosted by the venue. All performances are Webcast and archived on the Kennedy Center Web site. Also listed is the full schedule of upcoming performances, which include Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (March 27), guitarist Alex de Grassi (April 8), and Latin dance act Los Amigos Invisibles (April 11).
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.