Billboard Bits: Rock The Vote, Foo Fighters, Tom Paxton
News on Rock The Vote, Foo Fighters, Tom PaxtonDave Matthews and Destiny's Child will be the co-recipients of the Rock the Vote Patrick Lippert Awards, to be handed out Feb. 26 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Matthews is being recognized for his work with Bama Works Foundation, which he and his band established to extend charitable efforts in their Charlottesville, Va., hometown and around the world. Destiny's Child is being honored for its work with AIDS, MS, and teen pregnancy awareness programs.
"Rock the Vote has always celebrated the artist as activist," Rock the Vote founder Jeff Ayeroff said in a statement. "This year we are honoring Dave Matthews and Destiny's Child for embodying the spirit of community activism that is being embraced by youth across America."
Other honorees include "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, who will receive the Rock the Nation award for his stances on artistic freedom, hate crimes, and political participation by youths. Pam Horovitz, president of the National Association of Record Merchandisers, will receive the Rock the Vote Founders Award. The event will feature performances from as-yet-unconfirmed artists.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Foo Fighters' performance tonight (Feb. 11) as part of the Hallmark Olympic Celebration concert series in Salt Lake City will be broadcast tomorrow morning at 3 a.m. ET by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). A portion of the band's set will be shown in the U.S. on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," as will highlights of as most of the performances throughout the series.
As previously reported, the Foos are working on their fourth studio album, due later this year on RCA. Queen guitarist Brian May recently contributed his fretwork to two tracks, one of which he described as "very aggressively rhythmic" on the QueenWorld.com Web site. "I contributed some 'Get Down Make Love'-type guitar as well as some soloing," he said.
Foo Fighters will also perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, set for April 27-28 in Indio, Calif. The group's single from the "Orange Country" soundtrack, "The One," is No. 15 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Add singer/songwriter Tom Paxton to the long list of those who have written tributes to New York firefighters and their bravery at the World Trade Center. "I didn't want to write a song about it," Paxton says. "I thought, 'No way. This is over my head.' And then I kept thinking about those firemen trapped in the towers and a phrase kept running through my head. I decided I could handle it and the phrase in my head became the chorus of 'The Bravest'."
Some of the lyrics to "The Bravest" deal with the vivid imagery many Americans have been faced with in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.: "They must have seen it coming as they turned to face the fire/They sent us down to safety then they kept on climbing higher. Now every time I try to sleep I'm haunted by the sound/Of firemen bounding up the stairs while we were running down."
Paxton performed the song during a concert Saturday night at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall in Carson City, Nev. The artist is on the road in support of last year's "Under American Skies" (Appleseed/Koch). His next appearance comes Saturday (Feb. 18) at Berkeley, Calif.'s Freight & Storage.
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