Billboard Bits: Limp Bizkit, Gord Downie, Bill Carlisle

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DurstRap/rock act Limp Bizkit is set to take part in World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) upcoming "WrestleMania XIX." To be held for March 30 at SAFECO Field in Seattle, the event will feature a performance by the Fred Durst-led band amidst a night of professional wrestling matches that will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET via Pay Per View.

According to Limp Bizkit's official Web site, the group will be performing two songs, one from the its upcoming album, "Bipolar." As previously reported, the album is due May 13 from Flip/Interscope.

Limp Bizkit will support "Bipolar" on the Summer Sanitarium tour with Metallica and Linkin Park, among others. The trek kicks off July 4 in Pontiac, Mich.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

HipGord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, will release his second solo album June 3 via Zoe/Rounder Records in the U.S. and MapleMusic Recordings in Canada. Clocking in at just 37 minutes in length, "Battle of the Nudes" is the follow up to 2001's "Coke Machine Glow," and will be supported by an extensive tour.

"I'm interested in doing anything that teaches me something," Downie said in a statement. "As a result, I've found that I'm writing more than ever. In fact, the day after I mastered this record, I was already back to writing with the Hip. Ultimately, what I want to do is more. I want to get better."

Once again backing Downie on his solo outing is the Dinner Is Ruined multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar, drummer Dave Clark, and keyboardist Dr. Pee, as well as the Skydiggers' Josh Finlayson on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Julie Doiron (Eric's Trip, Wooden Stars) on bass and vocals. Downie and Morningstar produced the set, which was recorded over two five-day periods in 2001 and 2002.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Country music artist Jumpin' Bill Carlisle died yesterday (March 17) at his home in Nashville from complications following a stroke suffered last week. He was 95. A member the Grand Old Opry cast since 1953, Carlisle made his last performance there on March 7.

Carlisle's music career spanned more than seven decades, although was best known for novelty songs such as "Too Old To Cut the Mustard" and "Is Zat You, Myrtle." He earned his "Jumpin'" nickname with a comic skit in the 1950s, jumping back and forth over a chair as "Hotshot Elmer," a character he made up to play off of his brother, singer/musician Cliff Carlisle.

Carlisle's funeral is set for Thursday afternoon at Nashville's Cole & Garrett Funeral Home.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.