Billboard Bits: Bonnaroo; Damned/Motorhead; Green On Red

News on Bonnaroo; Damned/Motorhead; Green On Red

Groove ArmadaSuperfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment have confirmed June 13-15 dates for the second annual Bonnaroo festival, to be held on a 600-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. Last June's inaugural edition of Bonnaroo drew more than 75,000 fans to see such acts as Trey Anastasio, Norah Jones, Ween, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, and Ben Harper. The festival was chronicled by Sanctuary on a double-disc live album and accompanying DVD.

"We're excited about the opportunity to use the experience we gained from the first Bonnaroo to make what was a really great festival even better," Superfly principal Jonathan Mayers said in a statement.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaMembers of the legendary punk outfit the Damned will be heading into the studio with Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister early next year, according to the Damned's official Web site. Although no issuing label is known for the resulting racket, the set isn't expected to be released until 2004. Recording is scheduled to begin in late January or early February.

This won't be the first time Lemmy and the Damned have joined forces. They last met up in the studio back in 1979 under the moniker MotorDamned to run through Motorhead's "Over the Top."

-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaA pair of releases by Green On Red -- a notable member of Los Angeles' early-1980s Paisley Underground scene -- will be married and issued on a single disc next month by Restless/Rykodisc. Due Jan. 19, the set will pair the band's self-titled 1982 album and the group's pinnacle, 1985's "Gas Food Lodging," both originally released by former Dream Syndicate member Steve Wynn's Down There label.

In addition to the 17 tracks that made up the two original releases, the album adds two tracks from the "Gas Food Lodging" era: the title track and "Sixteen Ways II."

Founded in 1979 in Tucson, Ariz., as the Serfers, the group -- singer/guitarist Dan Stuart, bassist Jack Waterson, keyboardist Chris Cacavas, and drummer Alex MacNicol -- changed its name to Green On Red upon relocating to Los Angeles in 1982. The band expanded to a five-piece in 1984 with the addition of Chuck Prophet on guitar, and pared down to the duo of Stuart and Prophet for a few years before hanging up the name in the early '90s.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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