Billboard Bits: G'N'R, 'Celeb Boot Camp,' & More
News on Guns N' Roses, Papa Roach, 'Celeb Boot Camp,' & MoreGuns N' Roses will begin a 40-plus date North American arena tour in late October in the Northeastern U.S., according to sources. This will be the band's first full-blown U.S. tour since playing 29 shows in 1993 that grossed $13.7 million. The group successfully toured Japan and Europe this summer and made a surprise appearance last night (Aug. 29) on the MTV Video Music Awards, performing the new song "Madagascar" amid old favorites "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City."
A new album, "Chinese Democracy," has been in the pipeline for years but is still unfinished, Rose said immediately after last night's performance. "You'll see it, but I don't know if soon is the word," he admitted. "How do you make a whole bunch of guys into something that already was, and with this intensity of these players wanting to play this material?"
The group now is comprised of Rose, guitarists Buckethead, Robin Finck, and Richard Fortus, drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson, and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman.
-- Ray Waddell, Nashville
Coolio, Tiffany, Vitamin C, and former Milli Vanilli member Fabrice Morvan are among the entertainers who have signed up for Fox television's "Celebrity Boot Camp." Set to air Sept. 30, the two-hour reality special will follow the participants as they endure physical and mental challenges in a boot-camp setting.
Other entertainers who will appear on the show include Lorenzo Lamas ("Falcon Crest"), Barry Williams ("The Brady Bunch"), Kato Kaelin, Tracy Bingham ("Baywatch"), Nikki Schieler Ziering ("The Price Is Right"), and David Faustino ("Married With Children").
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
Papa Roach has selected "Time and Time Again" as the second single from its latest DreamWorks album, "lovehatetragedy." The track will be sent Sept. 10 to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration, just days after the band completes its stint on this summer's Anger Management tour.
"Time and Time Again" will be supported by a video directed by Samuel Bayer, who directed Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" clip. This week the band and Bayer are in Los Angeles shooting the video as well as a Pepsi Blue commercial that will also feature the song. Fans can expect to see the commercial beginning Sept. 16.
"This whole thing has been really cool," Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix said in a statement. "We've been fans of Sam Bayer for a long time, ever since he did those Nirvana videos. And the people at Pepsi have been great about letting us do what we want on the creative end. We're really proud of 'Time and Time Again' and we want as many people as possible to hear it. We think this is a great, different way of getting the song out there."
The Anger Management tour -- which also features Eminem, Ludacris, Xzibit, and the X-ecutioners -- has just four stops left in Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 31), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Sept. 1), Atlanta (Sept. 4), and Auburn Hills, Mich. (Sept. 8). Afterwards Papa Roach will take a few weeks off before heading to Japan and Europe for dates through early November.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A unique vintage television broadcast featuring the likes of Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Thelonius Monk, among others, will be released Nov. 5 by Bright Ventures through Music Video Distributors. Titled "Sound of Jazz," the Dec. 8, 1957, hour-long broadcast originated from CBS' Studio 58 in New York, and boasted performances by the cream of the jazz crop.
Among the tracks on the DVD are Monk's "Blue Monk," Holiday's "Fine and Mello," and "East of the Sun" by Sarah Vaughan, backed by the Count Basie Orchestra. Other artists on the program are Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Giuffre, Red Allen, Lester Young, and Milt Hilton. Also included on the DVD, which has been remastered in Dolby 5.1 stereo, are the original commercials that aired during the broadcast, one of which featured legendary show host Ed Sullivan.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.