Billboard Bits: Billy Corgan, Doves, Robert Pollard

News on Billy Corgan, Doves, Robert Pollard

BaldyFormer Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been added to the lineup for the fourth annual Waltz benefit, which, as previously reported, will be held Saturday (March 23) at Chicago's Metro. Steve Earle, Wilco's John Stirratt, former Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Ronnie Spector, Sonia Dada, Kelly Hogan, Alejandro Escovedo, Sonny Landreth, Ivan Neville, Graham Parker, and the Mekons' Jon Langford are all confirmed to perform.

The event, which takes its name from "The Last Waltz" concert honoring the breakup of the Band, raises funds for Heartland Alliance's Neon Street efforts to aid the homeless. At the inaugural Waltz in 1999, Corgan performed publicly for the first time with his father, blues session man Billy Corgan Sr. That show was later released on home video by Palm Pictures.

-- Matt Carmichael, Chicago

DovesCapitol has set a June 4 North American release date for U.K. rock outfit Doves' sophomore album, "The Last Broadcast." As previously reported, the set is due April 29 internationally via Heavenly, and will be preceded April 15 by first single "There Goes the Fear." Doves will spend the bulk of the spring touring in the U.K., including a show tonight (March 20) in Glasgow. The group is expected to tour North America sometime this summer.

Here are Doves' upcoming tour dates:

March 20: Glasgow (SECC)
March 22: London (Docklands)
April 5: London (Astoria / with the Music and the Vines)
April 30: Leeds, England (Metropolitan University)
May 1: Glasgow (Barrowlands)
May 3: Manchester, England (Academy)
May 4: Wolverhampton, England (Wulfrun Hall)
May 5: Norwich, England (University of East Anglia)
May 7: Portsmouth, England (Pyramid Centre)
May 8: Bristol, England (Academy)
May 9: London (Forum)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

GBVGuided By Voices fans will soon get the opportunity to hear some of the earliest music recorded by frontman Robert Pollard (with help from his brother Jim and future GBV guitarist Mitch Mitchell). Pollard's Fading Captain Series will on April 2 release "Some of the Magic Syrup Was Preserved" under the moniker Acid Ranch, a double-vinyl set of 37, pre-Guided By Voices songs from the early '80s. The album will not be released on CD and will only be available through GBV's official Web site.

The lone track here that eventually resurfaced is "Edison's Memos," which was re-recorded by Pollard's Soft Rock Renegades combo for the 2001 album "Choreographed Man of War." The album will come with an eight-page booklet of lyrics and collages by Pollard.

"It's ridiculous and it was stuff I had vowed no one would ever hear," Pollard admits to "But it has gotten to the point where the really hardcore GBV fans find this to be their favorite stuff. If they want it, they can have it!" Guided By Voices' latest swing of tour dates hits Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 2.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.