Billboard Bits: Kid Rock, Neil Finn, Mixmaster Mike
News on Neil Finn, James King, Kid Rock, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway. Mixmaster Mike, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Hank Wiliams Jr.Having just gone through a nasty breakup with model James King, Kid Rock says he's written all his "Get out of my life songs" for his upcoming Top Dog/Lava/Atlantic album, and is now working on other material for the project. Asked if the songs are about King, Rock says only, "I'm not saying who they're about. I don't want to get sued."
Rock, who has lately spent time writing with unlikely collaborators such as George Jones and Hank Williams Jr. (who he calls "my second dad"), also appears on Willie Nelson's forthcoming Island/Def Jam set "The Great Divide."
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.
Former Crowded House principal Neil Finn has confirmed that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will be part of his backing band during shows on an upcoming tour of New Zealand. Finn is playing each show with a different cast of musicians, two of whom are rumored to be Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway.
Vedder and Finn have been friends for several years and have collaborated onstage on a number of occasions. In the fall of 1998, Vedder joined Finn for a club gig in Boston, while Finn and his brother Tim sang the Split Enz favorite "History Never Repeats" with Pearl Jam in Auckland in 1995. The rendition was later released on Pearl Jam's 1994-95 Christmas fan club single.
Finn will be on the road in support of his upcoming album "One Nil," due April 9 internationally via Parlophone. No North American release date has been determined.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Beastie Boys DJ and former Invisible Skratch Piklz principal Mixmaster Mike has signed a new deal with Moonshine Music and will release his first mix album on July 24. Moonshine is also home to notable DJs such as Carl Cox, Christopher Lawrence, and Keoki.
As previously reported, Mixmaster Mike has also scored the film version of writer/actor Danny Hoch's acclaimed stage show, "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop." The film premieres in New York on March 30 and will likely hit additional markets in the coming months.