Billboard Bits: Britney Spears, STP/Cake, V2002 Festival

News on Britney Spears, STP/Cake, V2002 Festival

BritneyAfter establishing herself as an international pop star, Britney Spears turned to acting. Now, Spears is said to be making a move into the restaurant biz. Crain's New York Business reports that Spears is partnering with noted New York restaurateur Bobby Ochs to open an American bistro. Likely to be dubbed Pinky's, after Spears' nickname, the venue is due to begin serving its first meals by the end of May, according to Crain's.

The eatery will be located in midtown Manhattan at 52 E. 41st St. (between Park and Madison avenues). Set within the upscale Dylan Hotel, the space most recently housed the French restaurant Virot.

Ochs' past celebrity-partnered New York ventures have included the Mulholland Drive Cafe with Patrick Swayze, and Peaches with Marla Maples. Both of those restaurants have since closed.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

STPStone Temple Pilots and Cake are set to perform during the April 12 Rock for the Roses concert in Austin, Texas. The show, which will also feature a DJ set by the Crystal Method's Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, will serve as the kickoff of the 2002 Ride for the Roses Weekend, a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). Local acts Patrice Pike and Ward are also on the bill.

Hosted by the city's Hard Rock Cafe, the rain-or-shine outdoor concert will be held at Austin's Auditorium Shores, with as many as 20,000 expected to attend. For a limited time, $10 tickets will be available from Star Tickets at 512-469-SHOW with Ride for the Roses event registration; $25 concert-only tickets are already on sale.

Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and competitive cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF seeks to enhance the quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease. With the slogan "Putting Hope in Motion," the Ride for the Roses weekend is the LAF's biggest event, and typically draws more than 25,000 cyclists, runners, and volunteers. For more information, visit the official LAF Web site

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

TravisStereophonics and Travis will headline the U.K.'s V2002 festival, to be held August 17-18 at the dual sites of Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire. The British rock mainstays will anchor a lineup that also features the Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, Supergrass, Elbow, and Stereo MCs performing at both sites over the course of the weekend.

In its seventh year, the V festival is a relative newcomer to the U.K. festival circuit. Half the bands perform at Chelmsford and half at Staffordshire on Saturday, with both crews switching for the Sunday performances. Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, Starsailor, the Beta Band, Turin Brakes, and Groove Armada will also perform this year.

Last year's V2001 festival, which featured headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Charlatans U.K., also sported a tent hosting performances by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Zero 7.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.