Billboard Bits: Bon Jovi/Iglesias, VMAs, Lenny Kravitz
News on Bon Jovi/Iglesias, VMAs, Lenny KravitzAlthough details are still being hammered out and additional high-profile bands are expected to be added, Bon Jovi and Enrique Iglesias will help inaugurate the upcoming National Football League (NFL) season with a Sept. 5 concert in New York's Times Square, according to a spokesperson. Portions of the event, which will also feature DJ Skribble, will be broadcast on MTV, VH1, CBS, and ESPN. Afterward, a giant football will be lowered into Times Square in much the same fashion as the ball that descends on New Year's Eve.
Later in the day, Bon Jovi will perform at halftime of the NFL season opener between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers in East Rutherford, N.J. The events dovetail into the Oct. 8 release of the band's new Island album, "Bounce." First single "Everyday" is expected to hit radio next month.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Shakira and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs are confirmed to perform at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, to be handed out Aug. 29 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Britney Spears, Nelly, B2K, Elton John, and Bow Wow will present awards, joining previously announced performers Eminem, Pink, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
With six nominations each, Eminem and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and hard rock act P.O.D. lead the field for this year's awards. P.O.D. and Eminem are both up for the best video, best direction, and viewer's choice honors -- for "Alive" and "Without Me," respectively. Among Elliott's nominations is a best hip-hop video nod for "One Minute Man," featuring Ludacris and Trina.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
A 15,000-strong crowd was already in its seats at Noblesville, Ind.'s Verizon Wireless Music Center last Saturday to watch Pink open for Lenny Kravitz, when a member of the latter's road crew announced that a throat ailment had left Kravitz unable to perform, and the concert would have to be rescheduled.
A post on the artist's official Web site confirms that the "aggravated vocal condition" also caused the singer to postpone dates in Wantagh, N.Y. last night (July 29) and Toronto tonight. All three shows will be made up at later dates -- as yet unscheduled -- and all original tickets will be honored.
As previously reported, the 33-city Lenny Live trek will last through a Sept. 2 stop in Phoenix. Abandoned Pools, featuring ex-Eels member Tommy Walker, is also along for the tour. Barring a further announcement, the tour is set to resume Thursday (Aug. 1) in Darien Center, N.Y.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.