Billboard Bits: John/Joel, Elvis Costello, and moreC

News on Elton John, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, and Harry Connick Jr.

Eight more dates have been added to Elton John and Billy Joel's tandem tour of North America, with more expected in the coming weeks. The tour, which hits Sacramento, Calif., tomorrow (Jan. 31) before pausing after a Feb. 18 gig in Las Vegas, will resume with a new April 9 date in Denver.

Here are Elton John/Billy Joel tour dates:
Jan. 31: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Feb. 2: Oakland, Calif. (Coliseum)
Feb. 4: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Arena)
Feb. 6, 9, 11: Los Angeles (Forum)
Feb. 13: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Feb. 17-18: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden)
April 9: Denver (Pepsi Center)
April 12: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
April 17: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
April 19: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum)
April 21: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
April 26: Louisville (Freedom Hall)
April 28: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
May 5: Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

Elvis Costello has co-written a script for a TV sitcom, Billboard Bulletin reports. Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is shooting the pilot in Los Angeles, and naturally, Costello, who came up with the concept for the show, also has penned the theme song. Bulletin also reports that Costello scored a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the Aterballetto dance company that recently debuted in Italy. Meanwhile, the aritst has also inked a long-term worldwide deal with BMG Music Publishing for his future works, effective this spring. Costello continues to administer his copyrights, according to BMG. Plangent Visions Music publishes his previous works. -- Lars Brandle, London

Although he won't be shooting baskets, Harry Connick Jr. will be one of the big-name stars at this year's NBA All-Star Game. The singer and pianist, who will perform at halftime with his 15-piece big band and serve as creative director, wrote an arrangement honoring All-Star MVPs from the past 50 years. Honorees include Hall Of Famers Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Bob Cousy, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, Bob Lanier, Jerry Lucas, Ed Macauley, Bob Pettit, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Bill Sharman, and Isiah Thomas. The NBA All-Star Game will take place Feb. 11 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., and will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. EST on NBC.