Billboard Bits: Madonna, Cypress Hill, Dub Allstars

News on Madonna, Cypress Hill, Long Beach Dub Allstars

MadonnaMadonna has canceled a sold-out concert tonight (Aug. 3) at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., due to laryngitis. The show, part of the Drowned World Tour, will not be rescheduled, but refunds will be offered to approximately 20,000 ticketholders. The tour is expected to continue as planned Tuesday in Boston.

Ticketmaster phone and Internet orders will be automatically refunded and credited to the card holder within two weeks. Customers who purchased tickets at Ticketmaster outlets or the arena box office can get refunds there, according to the venue's official Web site. The arena box office will begin giving refunds on Monday.

Madonna performed a full show without incident at the arena last night, sounding strong on such hits as "Ray of Light," "Don't Tell Me," and an extended, show-closing version of "Music." For a full review of the
concert, visit's Live Reviews section on Monday.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Cypress HillHip-hop veterans Cypress Hill will take their annual Smoke Out festival on the road this year, stopping Sept. 15 in the San Francisco area, Sept. 29 in the New York area, and Oct. 6 in the Los Angeles area. A spokesperson for promoters Guerilla Union Events confirmed the dates, adding that information on the venues as well as artists who will be participating will be posted within two weeks on the
event's official Web site.

Past incarnations of the "all day mind opening festival" have featured the Deftones, 311, Black Eyed Peas, Xzibit, Everlast, Pennywise, Ozomatli, and System of a Down, and were held in San Bernadino, Calif.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Dub AllstarsSka-leaning rock combo Long Beach Dub Allstars will release their second DreamWorks album, "Wonders of the World," on Sept. 11. The set is produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary (Sublime, Meat Puppets) and features guest appearances by members of Jurassic 5 and No Doubt. First single "Sunny Hours," featuring guest MC Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas, is at modern rock radio now.

The group is scheduled to play at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's "Inland Invasion" concert on Aug. 25 at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Devore, Calif. Also set to perform are Incubus, the Offspring, Pennywise, Social Distortion, Weezer, Cold, Puddle of Mudd, Mike D, and Mixmaster Mike.

The Long Beach Dub Allstars were spawned from the ashes of Sublime, after the death of frontman Brad Nowell. The group independently released "Long Beach Dub Allstars and Friends" in 1998, followed by its 1999 DreamWorks debut, "Right Back," which debuted at No. 67 on The Billboard 200.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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