Billboard Bits: Rolling Stones, Gavin Rossdale, Juanes

News on Rolling Stones, Gavin Rossdale, Juanes

Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones have added three shows to their upcoming tour itinerary: Oct. 5 in Hartford, Conn.; Nov. 6 in Tacoma, Wash.; and Nov. 30 in Las Vegas. Tickets for the latter two shows go on sale Saturday (June 22); Hartford tickets go on sale Monday (June 24). As previously reported, the band's 40th anniversary trek kicks off Sept. 3 in Boston and is expected to last nearly a year.

On Aug. 20, ABKCO Records will reissue 22 Stones albums in the new dual-layer hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format. Hybrid SACDs include two audio tracks -- one that can be played on an SACD player, allowing delivery of the format's high-resolution audio, while the other plays on any standard CD player.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GavinBush frontman Gavin Rossdale has recorded a solo track for the soundtrack to the upcoming film "XXX," which, as previously reported, will also feature a new song from U.K. techno act Orbital. "I did a track with the excellent and exemplary Glen Ballard," Rossdale wrote on Bush's official Web site. "Such a trip playing and singing with different people in a different environment. It's not a Bush thing -- it's going under my name but I got some cool help. [Drummer] Josh Freese, Joel Scheer, and a guy called Lance -- all really good and natural."

A video for the unnamed track is in the works. Look for the "XXX" soundtrack in stores Aug. 6 via Universal; the film, starring Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, and Eve, arrives three days later in U.S. theaters.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

JuanesColombian rock acts Juanes and Cabas will be among those performing during Pa' Colombia: Un Canto por la Paz (For Colombia: A Song of Peace), a July 20 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Hosted by Pedro, Rene, and Enrique from the Telemundo soap opera "Pedro el Escamoso," the event is being touted as the first all-Colombian artist arena concert in the U.S.

Also performing will be salsa acts Grupo Niche, Orquesta Guayacan, and Fruko Y Sus Tesos; cumbia artist Lisandro Meza; tropical act El Combo de Las Estrellas; and vallenato group Los Diablitos. Charlie Zaa was originally slated to appear, but a note on the event page on the Ticketmaster Web site notes that he is no longer on the bill. The site lists Los Tri-O, Joe Arroyo, La Negra Grande de Colombia, and Mina Gonzalez as further participants.

For Juanes, the appearance comes in support of his Surco/Universal Latino release "Un Dia Normal" (A Normal Day), which debuted earlier this month at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop charts. The album is led by the single "A Dios le Pido" (I Ask God), which is No. 3 on Billboard's Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay chart, No. 6 on the Latin Pop Airplay tally, and No. 8 on the Hot Latin Tracks list.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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