Billboard Bits: Ozzfest, Bob Dylan, Soundclashes
News on Ozzfest, Bob Dylan, SoundclashesMental and physical exhaustion suffered by guitarist Zakk Wylde is being blamed for the cancelation of a half-dozen European Ozzfest tour dates. "Ozzfest 2002 has been a particularly grueling tour for Wylde as he does double duty opening the show with his band Black Label Society and then closing the show as Ozzy [Osbourne's] guitarist," reads a statement on the tour's official Web site. "Wylde has worked non-stop for over a year recording and touring with Ozzy and recording his own record, '1919 Eternal' with his band Black Label Society."
Wylde has returned to the U.S. to recuperate, according to the statement. There is no word if his condition will jeopardize the forthcoming North American version of the annual multi-stage metal tour, due to kick off July 6 in Bristow, Va., and play 31 dates through Sept. 8 in Dallas. As previously reported, the scheduled main stage lineup will also feature Osbourne, System Of A Down, P.O.D., Rob Zombie, Drowning Pool, and Adema.
Released in February via Spitfire Records, "1919 Eternal" debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 7 on the Top Independent Albums tally.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Angela Bassett has been added to the cast of Intermedia Films' Bob Dylan-starring film "Masked & Anonymous." The project, which marks the big-screen directorial debut of television writer/director/producer Larry Charles, will go into production in July in Los Angeles.
Written by Rene Fontaine and Sergy Petrov, "Masked" is based on the unpublished short story "Los Vientos del Destino," written by Enrique Morales. It follows the story of Dylan's character, Jack Fate, a wandering troubadour brought out of prison by his former manager for one last concert, a charity benefit. Bassett would play Mistress, who has a past with Fate. The cast also includes Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Penelope Cruz, and Jeff Bridges.
As previously reported, Dylan has agreed to perform his music in the film. In addition, a strong soundtrack featuring Dylan songs is expected to accompany "Masked," though it is not yet known whether the artist will write original material or use existing tracks.
-- Zorianna Kit, The Hollywood Reporter
There has been a lot of talk of late concerning "bootlegs," "mash-ups," or "soundclashes," whereby DJ/remixers take two disparately different tracks -- Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Missy Elliott's "Ger Ur Freak On," for example -- to create something entirely new and fresh. Except for an album such as 2 Many DJs' "As Heard on Soulwax Pt. 2" (PIAS U.K.), the bulk of these mixes are not sanctioned by labels or artists. But that's not to say both parties aren't secretly admiring what's being done to their tracks.
A source says U.K. production outfit Illicit is in talks with various U.S. major labels to create a legal soundclash compilation using songs from a major-label's back catalog. For the time being, Parlophone U.K. has included the much-in-demand Kylie Minogue/New Order musical marriage, "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head," as the B-side to Minogue's third British single, "Love at First Sight."
While Minogue's North American label, Capitol, sent a promotional 12-inch vinyl version of the special mix to club DJs, it does not have any plans to make it commercially available.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.