Billboard Bits: Stones/AC/DC, Soul Train, Fleetwood Mac
News on Rolling Stones/AC/DC, Soul Train, Fleetwood MacAC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young joined the Rolling Stones for a cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" last night (Feb. 18) during the encore of the latter's show at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. The show, the Stones' sole theatre show during its trek Down Under, had sold out in minutes. Outside, Enmore Road had to be closed, as hundreds of fans who had failed to get tickets stood on rooftops, in trees, and behind police barricades singing Stones songs.
"Rock Me Baby" came near the end of the hits-packed set, with Angus (in long pants, as opposed to his standard schoolboy shorts) swapping licks with Stones guitarist Keith Richards amid the four-guitar blitz. The Stones then returned to their own classics, such as "Honky Tonk Women," "It's Only Rock'n'Roll", "Brown Sugar," and the encore, "Satisfaction."
The Stones proceed tomorrow (Feb. 20) to Sydney's Superdome. The group's 40th anniversary Licks tour is expected to run into the early fall, with dates currently on tap through Aug. 29 in London.
-- Christie Eliezer, Sydney
Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Dru Hill will perform during the upcoming 17th annual Soul Train Music Awards ceremony. Set for March 1 at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Auditorium, the event will be hosted by Latifah and Arsenio Hall, and broadcast live in first run syndication in the U.S.
Among those confirmed to present trophies are singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, actor/comedian Chris Rock, and actor Orlando Jones. "We're extremely excited, overall, by the star power participating in this year's live show," executive producer Don Cornelius said in a statement.
As previously reported, Ashanti and Amerie lead the field with three nominations each. Floetry, Justin Timberlake, Musiq, B2K, and Nelly each earned two nominations. Nelly will also receive the Sammy Davis, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year. Dionne Warwick and LL Cool J will receive the female and male Quincy Jones Awards for Outstanding Career Achievements.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac will preview a new song, "Peacekeeper," Monday (Feb. 24) on the NBC series "Third Watch." The song, which premieres at the end of the episode, is from the group's new album, "Say You Will," due in April on Warner Bros. The set is Fleetwood Mac's first all-new studio album with founding members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks since the 1987 set "Tango in the Night."
Drummer Mick Fleetwood recently told Billboard, "The whole energy in Fleetwood Mac right now is incredible. Our story is a really happy one at the moment. We've pushed some envelopes with this new album. We've made an album that we love, and we're not frightened or insecure about who we are."
The band is expected to launch a tour by this summer. Sources say that the first leg of the tour will include about 40 U.S. cities. "We're going to have fun with it," Fleetwood says of the tour. "And I'm pretty sure we'll come out intact."
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.