Billboard Bits: Disturbed, Breeders, Widespread Panic

News on Disturbed, Faith No More, Ozzfest, Breeders, Widespread Panic.

Rising hard rock act Disturbed has contributed a cover of "Midlife Crisis" to an upcoming Faith No More tribute album. "We've been Faith No More fans for a while and I think it's a tremendous honor to be making a contribution to this tribute album," says frontman David Draiman. "[Our version] stayed true to the original, but we definitely did it the Disturbed way. It's much more aggressive."

The group, currently on the road in Europe in support of the Giant album "The Sickness," has also contributed the previously unreleased track "God Of The Mind" to Columbia's "Valentine" soundtrack. The Disturbed single "Voices" is in the top-20 of both Billboard's Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts.

As previously reported, Disturbed will be seen this summer on the main stage of the 2001 edition of Ozzfest, alongside Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, and Linkin Park.




Recently reactivated alt-rock combo the Breeders have pulled out of a previously announced Feb. 25 benefit concert at Los Angeles' Hot Pants club due to fears of overcrowding at the tiny venue. The show's promoters report that the benefit will still go on and that while the Breeders will not play, they are in the process of securing a new headlining date for the group at Hot Pants in the near future.

The benefit will raise funds for Children Of The Night, an organization that aids teenage runaways. David Lovering, who was Breeders principal Kim Deal's former bandmate in the Pixies, will perform with this band, David Lovering's Science Experiment. The event will also include a raffle of memorabilia signed by the performers.




Widespread Panic keyboardist/vocalist John "JoJo" Hermann will release his debut solo album, "Smiling Assassin," April 10 via Fat Possum Records. The album features guest appearances by Panic's Todd Nance and John Bell, Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars, Bloodkin's Paul Edwards, Blue Mountain's Cary Hudson, and George McConnell of the Kudzu Kings.

Widespread Panic, which late last year signed with Sanctuary Records, will tentatively release its debut studio album for the label in June. The band will kick off a 12-date tour April 18 in Oxford, Ohio, that is scheduled to end with two shows as part of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.