Billboard Bits: Farm Aid, Who/Vedder, Motortrax, T. Hip

News on Farm Aid, Who/Vedder, Motortrax, T. Hip

JoanThe 15th Farm Aid benefit concert is set for Sept. 21 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh. The lineup will include Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, plus new board member Dave Matthews. Although ticket on-sale information hasn't yet been released, the show will be telecast live on CMT.

Last year's show outside of Indianapolis featured the aforementioned board members plus Martina McBride, Doobie Brothers, and Arlo Guthrie, among others. To date, Farm Aid has raised $16 million for farm organizations in 44 states.

-- Carolyn Horwitz, N.Y.

The Who will play a charity concert for Maryville Academy Sept. 23 at Chicago's 1,300-capacity House of Blues, reprising a similar performance held at the same venue in November 1999. As with that show, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will open, backed by the Washington-based duo C-Average. Tickets for the event are $400 and go on sale Friday (July 26) via all Ticketmaster locations and the House of Blues box office. Who guitarist Pete Townshend has been a longtime supporter of Maryville Academy, which aids disadvantaged youth in and around Illinois. As previously reported, the Who is pressing on with its summer North American tour despite the death last month of bassist John Entwistle. The trek will wrap Sept. 28 in Toronto. As for Pearl Jam, the group's new, as-yet-untitled Epic album is tentatively due Nov. 19.

Freestyle motocross athlete Mad Mike Jones has lent his name to a hard rock compilation that features the likes of Slipknot, Mudvayne, (hed)p.e., and others. Due Aug. 20 from Sanctuary, the 12-track "Mad Mike Jones Presents: Mototrax 1" live tracks from Disturbed ("Stupify"), Union Underground ("Natural High"), and Static-X ("Burning Inside"), as well as remixes of cuts by Slipknot, Mudvayne, and Soulfly. Also featured on the set is Slaves On Dope's cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and Nashville Pussy's take on the Molly Hatchet classic "Flirtin' With Disaster."

"(sic)" (Molt Injected Mix), Slipknot "Stupify" (Live), Disturbed "Burning Inside" (Live), Static-X "Shutdown," Pitchshifter "Electric Heart," Pure Rubbish "Dig" (Rhys Fulber remix), Mudvayne "Bartender," (hed) p.e. vs. Bad Azz "Terrorist" (Total Destruction Mix), Soulfly "Natural High" (live), Union Underground "Flirtin With Disaster," Nashville Pussy "War Pigs," Slaves On Dope "Kill the King," Zeke

Canadian rock act the Tragically Hip has confirmed a rare theater tour that will visit western regions of the band's homeland in September and October. A Theatrical Extravaganza Across Western Canada will kick off Sept. 16 in Victoria, British Columbia, and continue for a dozen shows in Vancouver; Vernon, British Columbia; Calgary; Edmonton; Regina, Saskatoon; and Winnipeg. Although regularly seen in clubs and theaters in the U.S., the band typically appears in arenas and draws large crowds to outdoor festivals in the Great White North. As was promised upon the release of the band's latest album, "In Violet Light" (Zoe/Rounder), the band's newly formed fan organization TheHipClub will offer members the opportunity to purchase tickets for most of the shows beginning tomorrow (July 24). Any remaining tickets will go on sale Saturday to the general public. Copies of "In Violet Light" came packaged with a credit card-like membership card for TheHipClub. With the provided individual personal identification number (PIN), fans can access a dedicated Web site for tour information, special merchandise offers, and free music downloads. Currently the site is offering the unreleased tracks "Ultra Mundane" and "Problem Bears," recorded during the "In Violet Light" sessions. Tonight the Tragically Hip will play the first of two shows at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club in support of the album. "In Violet Light" debuted last month at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Canadian Albums chart and No. 169 on The Billboard 200.