Billboard Bits: Doves/Elbow, Remy Zero, The Knack

News on Doves/Elbow, Remy Zero, The Knack

DovesAs first reported here last week, U.K. modern rock colleagues Doves and Elbow will embark on a North American tour June 3 in Seattle. Eleven dates are confirmed so far, although venues in some cities are still tentative. Doves will be on tour in the U.K. beforehand; both groups have international dates on tap after the North American trek wraps June 20 in New York.

Doves will be supporting its forthcoming sophomore album "The Last Broadcast," due April 29 in the U.K. on Heavenly and June 4 in North America via Capitol. First single "There Goes the Fear" debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. singles chart last weekend. Elbow will be out behind its V2 debut, "Asleep in the Back."

Here are Doves/Elbow tour dates:

June 3: Seattle (Graceland)
June 5: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
June 6: Los Angeles (Mayan Theatre)
June 8: San Diego (XTRA-FM radio show, Doves only)
June 10: Denver (Bluebird Theatre)
June 12: Minneapolis (Fine Line Music Cafe)
June 13: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
June 15: Toronto (Palais Royale)
June 16: Philadelphia (TLA / Trocadero)
June 16: Boston (Axis / Avalon)
June 19: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
June 20: New York (Roseland / Hammerstein Ballroom)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Modern rock act Remy Zero will appear on the May 21 season finale of the WB series "Smallville." The show, centered around the adventures of the teenaged Clark Kent/Superman, airs Tuesday nights on the network and features the band's song "Save Me" as its theme. "We are always looking for ways to organically incorporate music into the audience viewing experience," says WB co-president, marketing Lew Goldstein. "It's rare, and a fortunate opportunity, when a show is able to feature the group that performs its theme song." Last December, "Save Me" reached No. 27 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, while just two weeks ago the single peaked at No. 33 on the Adult Top 40 chart. The song comes from the band's Elektra album "The Golden Hum," which peaked at No. 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Remy Zero plays Vancouver on Saturday (April 27).

The Knack will return to the road beginning May 4 at the annual Bayfest event in Tampa, Fla. The act, best known for such late 1970s/early '80s hits as "My Sharona" and "Good Girls Don't," plans to be on tour through September supporting its "Live From the Rock'n'Roll Fun House" home video (DVD/VHS) and CD, released today (April 23) via Image Entertainment. The tour, which currently boasts a May 27-29 stand at Disney's Epcot Center, will find the Knack pairing with such special guests as the Fixx, REO Speedwagon, 38 Special, the Smithereens, Missing Persons, and Tommy Tutone on various dates. "The Knack: Live From the Rock'n'Roll Fun House" is a tongue-in-cheek "concert" staged as if the band is a guest on a "Hullabaloo" or "Shindig" -style television show. Filmed in front of a studio audience, it captures the band performing its past hits along with new material. "We didn't want to do another concert movie," Knack singer Doug Fieger said in a statement. "We did it 23 years ago with 'The Knack Live at Carnegie Hall.' Since we'd already done a regular concert -- and how can you do better than Carnegie Hall? -- I came up with an idea that was different." To promote the CD/home video release, satellite provider DirecTV will broadcast the "Live From the Rock'n'Roll Fun House" as a free view event every weekend throughout May.