Britney Signs Cable Concert Deal
Pop princess Britney Spears has signed a deal with pay-cable station HBO to make a concert special, to be broadcast live from the Las Vegas MGM Grand on Nov. 18. By that time, the "Oops! … I Did It Again" singer will likely be performing material from an upcoming album, which she is reportedly creating now in Sweden with producer Max Martin. The planned show is a change of pace from another concert that HBO plans for this year — a Bruce Springsteen show recorded last summer at New York's Madison Square Garden is set to air in April. Nancy Geller, senior VP of HBO original programming, told Variety, "When you can only do two to three of these a year, you really kind of think about what the new and young subscriber is going to want. The new and young subscriber is going to want Britney."
Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Roots Set for Coachella
Alternative rock, hip-hop, and electronica festival Coachella announced the full lineup for its second incarnation, set for April 28 in Indio, Calif. Though again held in the desert, given the timeline, this year's fest may avoid the heat of the first sweltering outing, which was held in October1999. The one-day festival, which begins selling tickets tomorrow through Ticketmaster, features a reunited Jane's Addiction, Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Paul Oakenfold, The Roots, Roni Size/Reprazent, Gangstarr, Ozomatli, Mos Def, Iggy Pop, Tricky, and Aphex Twin. A full lineup is listed at the Web site coachella.com.
Neil Young, Crazy Horse to Ride With DMB
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will join the Dave Matthews Band on April 21, the opening night of the jam band's 2001 tour. Tickets for the gig, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., will go on sale tomorrow, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Bama Works Foundation. The Dave Matthews Band is touring in support of Everyday — a change-of-pace album recorded with Glen Ballard — which hit stores Tuesday. The show with Young is also the band's first hometown appearance since 1994.