Billboard Bits: Jackson Browne, Frampton, Dickey Betts

News on Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Peter Frampton, Dickey Betts

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne has been drafted as the opening act for the second leg of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' summer North American tour. Browne will join the trek beginning June 27 in Scranton, Pa., and will remain on board through its July 21 finale in Indianapolis. The first leg of Petty's tour concludes Saturday (June 2) in Las Vegas.

A few dates have been moved and added to the second leg itinerary. New to the schedule are shows in Atlanta (July 14) and Nashville (July 15), while performances in Columbus (July 17) and Kansas City, Mo. (July 18) have been moved from their previously announced dates. For a full list of shows, visit Petty's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton is working with Musicians on Call to auction a pair of tickets and backstage passes to every show on his summer tour with Journey and John Waite. Winning bidders will not only see the show, but have the chance to meet Frampton as well.

The auctions are taking place via the store. Proceeds will benefit Musicians on Call's efforts to promote and complement the healing process in healthcare facilities through music.

As previously reported, the Journey/Frampton/Waite tour kicks off Tuesday (June 5) in Albuquerque, N.M., and close Aug. 18 in Chula Vista, Calif. Following the tour, Frampton will begin working on a new studio album for release next year.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Dickey BettsEstranged Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is set to release his first solo album since being kicked out of the legendary Southern rock act last summer. Due July 31, the 11-track "Let's Get Together" will be released on the FreeFalls Entertainment label.

The 57-year-old Betts, who penned such Allman greats as "Blue Sky," "Ramblin' Man," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," is now on tour with his own Dickey Betts Band. Along with solo stops, the band is also performing on several Volunteer Jam 2001 dates with the Charlie Daniels Band.

Here are Dickey Betts' tour dates:
June 1: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre; Volunteer Jam)
June 2: Maryland Heights, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheater; Volunteer Jam)
June 3: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheater; Volunteer Jam)
June 5: State College, Pa. (the Crowbar)
June 7: Westbury, N.Y. (Westbury Music Fair; Volunteer Jam)
June 8: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center; Volunteer Jam)
June 9: Manchester, N.H. (Singer Family Park; Volunteer Jam)
June 10: Hartford, Conn. ( Meadows Music; Volunteer Jam)
July 1: Red Hook, N.Y. (Gathering of the Vibes)
July 2-3: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
July 4: Rehoboth Beach, Del. (Bottle And Cork)
July 6: Hampton, N.Y. (CPI)
July 7: Asbury Park, N.J. (Stone Pony)
July 10: Toledo, Ohio (Main Event)
July 11: Lancaster, Pa. (the Chameleon)
July 14: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion; w/the Doobie Brothers)

-- Wes Orshoski, N.Y.


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