Billboard Bits: Deana Carter, Metal Benefit, and more
Stories on Deana Carter, a New York Metal Benefit, and Sebastian Bach.Country chanteuse Deana Carter will release her first holiday album, "Father Christmas," Nov. 20 on her own Deanatone Records imprint through the Rounder Records Group. Featuring 10 standards recorded in her family's Tennessee home, the album finds Deanna accompanied by her father, renowned Nashville session guitarist/songwriter Fred Carter.
Among the songs tackled by the father/daughter pair are "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "A Merry Little Christmas."
Carter's last studio album, 1998's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (Capitol), debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and at No. 57 on The Billboard 200. The set, which has sold 365,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan, was the follow-up to her 1997 debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?," which has been certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 5 million copies.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Hard music fans will have a chance to show their support for New York firefighters and police by attending the New York Steel benefit concert, set for Nov. 28 at the city's Hammerstein Ballroom. Featuring the reunited Twisted Sister, Kiss' Ace Frehley & Friends, Anthrax, Overkill, and former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, the show was organized by Ed Trunk, host of WNEW New York's "Friday..." and "Saturday Night Rocks" radio shows. Trunk will co-host the event with New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza.
Tickets to the event are $37.50, and will go on sale Saturday (Oct. 20) via Ticketmaster and the venue's box office. For updates, visit Trunk's official Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Former Skid Row leader Sebastian Bach will add to his acting resume when he appears as Riff Raff in the soon-to-reopen Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show." The show, which closed Sept. 23, after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. crippled New York theater business, will reopen Oct. 30 at the Circle in the Square theatre for a 10-week run. Bach previously starred on Broadway in the title role of "Jekyl and Hyde."
"This is only happening because everyone involved is supporting it," the show's producer, Jordan Roth, said, adding that the reopening was made possible by a combination of institutional support from the unions and the individual support of each company member, who will be working on renegotiated contracts. "Every person who will return to work wants to be there, has elected to be there and has made a personal contribution and sacrifice to allow this to happen."
Terrence Mann will returns as the bisexual Frank 'N' Furter, while a rotating series of celebrity narrators will follow Dick Cavett, who will open and close the 10-week encore engagement. Among those scheduled to succeed Cavett are Robin Leach, Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Raphael, Penn and Teller, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, and MTV's Dave Holmes.
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