Billboard Bits: Radiohead, Richard Ashcroft, Grand Ole Opry

News on Radiohead, Limp Bizkit, Guns N Roses, Richard Ashcroft, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Monroe, Grand Ole Opry

The Web site for the annual German rock festival Rock Am Ring confirms that Radiohead will be among the participants for this year's event, set for June 1-3 in Nurburgring. The event will come just ahead of the planned international release of Radiohead's next Capitol album "Amnesiac" later that week.

Among the other acts confirmed to appear at Rock Am Ring are Guns 'N Roses, Limp Bizkit, 3 Doors Down, A-ha, and K's Choice. The site reports that Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Tool, and Anastacia are on the event organizers' wish list.

To back "Amnesiac," Radiohead is expected to tour on a more widespread basis than it did in support last year's "Kid A," when the band played just three shows in North America after short runs in Europe.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.




Ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft canceled a show Monday in San Francisco after his newborn son took ill in Los Angeles the day before. The artist, who is touring in support of his Virgin solo debut "Alone With Everybody," will conclude the trek tonight in Vancouver (Feb. 7) before heading back to the U.K. for a fresh round of dates.

Las November, Ashcroft was forced to postpone his North American tour due to unspecified health reasons. In December, he postponed two London shows after falling from the stage in Birmingham and breaking two ribs.

In other Ashcroft news, the artist's official Web site is hosting two acoustic tracks, "I Get My Beat" and "You On My Mind In My Sleep," recently recorded for Detroit radio.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.




The Grand Ole Opry will on Saturday (Feb. 10) dedicate a one-hour segment of its weekly show for a tribute to bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, hosted by Ricky Scaggs. Scaggs, who last year released the Monroe tribute album "Big Mon" on his own Scaggs Family Records label, will be joined by country artists Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the Whites to perform Monroe favorites.

The Monroe tribute will be broadcast live on cable outlet the National Network (TNN) at 6 p.m. ET. The Grand Ole Opry is broadcast weekly on 650 WSM-AM Nashville, and on the Opry's official Web site.


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