Billboard Bits: The Offspring, Danzig, Pennywise

News on The Offspring, Danzig, Pennywise

OffspringSouthern California punk act the Offspring is the latest addition to the lineup of the Beyond 2002 Super Festival. As previously reported, the April 12-14 event will present artists on five stages at Miami's Bicentennial Park.

Among the artists set to perform during the festival are Outkast, Stone Temple Pilots, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Ludacris, Third Eye Blind, Busta Rhymes, Less Than Jake, Method Man, Ice-T, Afrika Bambaataa, Slick Rick, and Dubcat (featuring members of the Long Beach Dub All-Stars/Sublime).

Skateboarder Tony Hawk has joined the lineup of sports stars who will participate in the various exhibitions during the event. Fellow skateboarder Andy Mac Donald, BMX bikers Jay Miron and Thad Miller, freestyle skier Jean Marc Rozon, and snowboarder Matt O'Conner will also be on hand to display their skills.

Three-day passes priced at $135 are on sale through Ticketmaster, as are individual day tickets for $65. For more information on the festival, as well as available bus travel packages, visit the official Web site of event producer Shut Down Productions.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MuthahMenacing hard rock act Danzig has signed a new deal with Spitfire Records, which has set a May 21 release for the group's seventh studio album, "Danzig 777: I Luciferi." The album promises to stick to Danzig's trademark formula of evil imagery, dark melodies, and frontman Glenn Danzig's theatrical lead vocals. "The new material is arguably the strongest offering from Danzig yet," Spitfire Records founder/president Paul Bibeau said in a statement, adding, "'Black Mass' is honestly one of the best metal songs I've heard in quite some time."

Danzig, which was formed in 1987 after its frontman's stints in legendary hardcore acts the Misfits and Samhain, has jumped around to numerous labels throughout its career. While its most recent album, 1999's "6:66 Satans Child," was released on Evilive, that disc's predecessor, 1996's "Blackacidevil," was issued by Hollywood. The group is perhaps best known for the single "Mother," which reached No. 17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in January 1994.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

PennySportswear company Vans has launched Vans Records, a new label that will be headed by Pennywise's Jim Lindberg, Billboard Bulletin reports. The label, which will release its first two projects later this spring, will put out compilations as well as complete albums from artists signed directly to Vans Records. The label is an outgrowth of the company's Vans Warped Tour. Initially, the albums will be distributed through Vans' 158 stores, other skate and surf shops, online, and at Vans-sponsored events.

As previously reported, the 2002 edition of the Warped Tour kicks off June 21 in Nampa, Idaho, and runs through Aug. 18 in Pontiac, Mich. Bad Religion, NOFX, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones will headline.

-- Melinda Newman, L.A.


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