Billboard Bits: Papa Roach, Roots Music, Tommy Lee
News on Papa Roach, Roots Music, Tommy LeeHard rock act Papa Roach is asking its fans to submit material for a forthcoming DVD/home video, due this fall on DreamWorks. Anything from live bootleg footage to personal testimonials are welcome, and can be sent to the band at P.O. Box 691389, Los Angeles, CA, 90069, by Aug. 15. More information is posted on the group's official Web site.
The DVD will also feature live and behind-the-scenes clips, plus music videos for the tracks "Broken Home," "Last Resort," and "Between Angels and Insects." Meanwhile, Papa Roach is working on material for its next studio album, tentatively due next spring. The set will be the follow-up to 2000's "Infest," which is No. 198 on The Billboard 200 in its 65th week on the chart.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Palm Pictures will on Oct. 30 release the boxed set "American Roots Music," Billboard Bulletin reports. The four-CD collection, containing more than 75 tracks, is the companion to a four-hour PBS documentary series by producer/director Jim Brown and producer/editor Sam Pollard, which will air on four consecutive Mondays beginning Oct. 29.
The shows will celebrate classic 20th-century folk, country, blues, gospel, Western swing, bluegrass, zydeco, Tejano, Native American, and Cajun music, and will feature archival performances by Bob Dylan, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, Clifton Chenier, and others. A companion book will be issued in November by Abrams Books/Rolling Stone Press. Palm will release two-disc DVD and four-tape VHS versions of the series on its initial PBS airdate.
-- Chris Morris, L.A.
Tommy Lee is abiding by terms of probation for spousal abuse and is steadily working at completing a community service obligation, a prosecutor said Monday in a Maibu, Calif., court. Lee, who attended the brief hearing, has completed domestic violence counseling and no longer is required to undergo random drug testing, Deputy District Attorney Katherine Solazano said.
At issue Monday was whether Lee was working at eliminating his 450-hour community service obligation. He has logged more than 154 hours so far, the prosecutor said. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira ordered Lee back to court Jan. 4 for another progress report.
The 38-year-old musician, who is on probation until May 26, 2003, was charged in February 1998 with spousal abuse, child abusem and a firearms violation after then-estranged wife Pamela Anderson called police from her Malibu home and said she had been assaulted during an argument.
Lee pleaded no contest to felony corporal injury to a spouse and was sentenced to terms of 180 days in jail and three years in state prison, both of which were suspended, as well as 200 hours of community service and time in a batterer treatment program. The additional community service hours involve a Beverly Hills battery case, Solazano said.
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