Billboard Bits: Springsteen, DMX, Megadeth, Santana

News on Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, DMX, Megadeth, Carlos Santana, Benny Rietveld, Kirk Hammett, Metallica

A performance of "Born To Run" has been added to the upcoming "Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live In New York City" HBO concert special (premiering April 7) and its companion two-disc live album (due out April 3 via Columbia). Recorded at Madison Square Garden last June, the audio version of the song will be available for download from the Boss' Sony-hosted Web site tomorrow (March 20) through April 7.

"Born To Run" was Springsteen's first song to reach the Billboard pop singles chart, and peaked at No. 23 in 1975. The breakthrough album of the same name topped out at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 that year.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

The Warner Bros. crime thriller "Exit Wounds," starring Steven Seagal and rapper DMX, debuted as the weekend's top film with $19 million earned at the box office. The film stars Seagal as a rebel detective who teams with a crime lord (DMX) to fight corruption in an inner-city police precinct.

Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman credited producer Joel Silver for pairing Seagal with DMX, whose popularity greatly broadened the movie's appeal. The film's soundtrack, which features DMX's "No Sunshine," is due tomorrow (March 20) on Blackground/Virgin.

Metal vets Megadeth will shoot a video for "Moto Psycho," the first single from the band's Sanctuary Records debut, "The World Needs A Hero," on April 4 in Los Angeles. The action-packed motorcycle racing clip will be directed by Nathan "Karman" Cox (Coal Chamber, System Of A Down, Strait Up).

"Moto Psycho" goes to radio next Tuesday (March 27). The album, due May 15, will be supported by a yet-to-be-announced world tour. The band -- currently on a media tour in Japan and Australia -- will join the Offspring and Queens Of The Stone Age in supporting AC/DC June 8 at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Carlos Santana will headline this year's SOTA At The Fillmore concert in support of the San Francisco School Of The Arts. The April 4 concert will feature Santana and bassist Benny Rietveld performing with the school's concert orchestra. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will also join in for a trio of songs.

"SOTA plays an important role in the lives of many gifted young people from throughout the Bay-Area by helping them build careers in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts," Santana said in a statement. "I enjoy playing this benefit and sharing the gift of music with some very talented young artists."

Hosted by actor/comedian Cheech Marin, the event will also include a live auction and a raffle. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and the Fillmore box office. All proceeds will benefit the publicly funded school.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

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