Billboard Bits: AMAs, Papa Roach, John Wesley Harding

Stories on an American Music Awards ticket auction for charity, Papa Roach recording a song for the "Biker Boyz" soundtrack, and John Wesley Harding's brief tour of England.

Tickets to the 30th annula American Music Awards (AMA) are being auctioned online to benefit the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund. At deadline, two pairs of tickets to the gala Jan. 13 event at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium were available through, which partnered with AMA producer Dick Clark Productions to offer the ducats to fans. A portion proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated to Bogart fund, which is heavily involved in research for the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.

As previously reported, the Osbournes -- Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack -- will host the AMAs, which will feature performances by the likes of Elton John, Tim McGraw, Christina Aguilera, and Shania Twain, among others. 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, and Nelly are among those who will present awards during the show.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Rock act Papa Roach recently spent time in the studio with the Neptunes production team to record a song for the soundtrack to the film "Biker Boyz." According to the band's official Web site, the track is tentatively titled "Don't Look Back." As previously reported, "Biker Boyz" is billed as a contemporary Western, and stars Laurence Fishburne and Lisa Bonet, as well as rock/rapper-turned-actor Kid Rock.

Papa Roach is just a few weeks away from kicking off its first North American headlining tour Jan. 13 in Atlanta. The band will be continuing its touring efforts behind its latest album, "lovehatetragedy" (DreamWorks), which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in July.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Following some time visiting family for the holidays, England-born, New York-based singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding will play a slate of dates next month in his homeland, starting with a Jan. 13 gig in Brighton. So far, he has six shows on the schedule, ending with a Jan. 26 show in Twickenham.

Harding is touring in support of "Swings and Roundabouts," a self-released album available at his shows and through his official Web site. The site also features free MP3 downloads of a handful of songs recorded on his recently completed U.S. tour, including "Hamlet" and "Our Lady of the Highways."

Here are John Wesley Harding's U.K. tour dates:

Jan. 13: Brighton, England (Komedia)
Jan. 18: Swansea, England (The Chattery)
Jan. 19: Buckingham, England (The Granery)
Jan. 23: Newcastle, England (Live Theatre)
Jan. 24: London (The Borderline)
Jan. 26: Twickenham, England (Folk Club at the Cabbage Patch)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.