Billboard Bits: Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, SCI
News on Bruce Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, SCIBruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have added a pair of U.S. shows to their 2003 itinerary. On Feb. 28, the group will be one of the first to perform at the new Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., and on March 10 the Boss will also take his crew to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. The newly added dates -- which go on sale Saturday (Dec. 14) via Ticketmaster -- are in addition to a March 2 show in Austin, Texas, which is a make-up date for a Nov. 6 concert that was canceled due to eye surgery needed by saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
A spokesperson for Springsteen had no additional information regarding additional U.S. tour dates.
The U.S. shows precede a brief tour Down Under that is due to kick off March 20 in Melbourne, Australia. As previously reported, a European tour, Springsteen's second in support of his latest Columbia album, "The Rising," will kick off May 6 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Released in late July, "The Rising" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Currently No. 75 in its 19th week on the chart, the set has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Tuesday (Dec. 10) night's NBC concert special "An Evening with the Dixie Chicks" became the highest-rated network TV concert special so far this season. According to Nielsen Media Research, the one-hour program earned a 7.4 rating and 12 share, it was seen in 7.85 million U.S. households. The concert special was No. 2 in its time slot, behind the ABC sitcoms "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and "According to Jim," which earned, respectively, an 8.6 rating/14 share (9.2 million U.S. households) and 9.3 rating/14 share (9.9 million U.S. households).
NBC has been on a roll lately with its music specials. The previously top-rated music special of the season was the network's Nov. 29 program "Faith Hill: When the Lights Go Down," which scored a 6.5 rating/12 share (6.94 million U.S. households). The previous night, NBC aired "Tim McGraw: Sing Me Home," which earned a 6.5 rating/11 share (6.88 million U.S. households).
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
The String Cheese Incident film "Waiting for the Snow to Fall" will be released Jan. 14 on DVD by Sci Fidelity Records. Produced by action sports specialists Warren Miller Films, the feature follows the Boulder, Colo.-based jam band, which pulled its old bus out of retirement for a special winter tour that visited the people and sites "that helped create, define, and shape the members and music of the String Cheese Incident."
As previously reported, the band will host a screening of "Waiting for the Snow to Fall" Dec. 19 at the Boulder (Colo.) Theater that will benefit a number of charities. A trailer for the film can be viewed on the band's official Web site.
In addition to the feature, the DVD will boast 30 minutes of bonus concert footage of the band performing the songs "BAM!" and "Miss Brown's Teahouse" at the Fillmore in Denver, as well as director's cuts of videos for the tracks. The DVD will also feature behind-the-scenes interviews with the band and crew, backstage banter and bloopers, and rare ski wipeout footage. Fans who pre-order copies of the DVD through the band's site will be entered into a drawing to win at two-night stay/ski package to Telluride, Colo., and other prizes.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.