Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

Chris Daughtry is back in Los Angeles finishing his upcoming album.  A decision on the first single release is yet to be made, but when it is, it’ll be released to radio soon after.  According to Chris’s MySpace, his band–named DAUGHTRY–has been assembled, but he can’t spill who made the cut yet.  The band has completed photo shoots for the album and web site and are currently rehearsing. Chris will perform the National Anthem on Monday, October 16th at the Arizona Cardinals game in Phoenix.  DAUGHTRY is scheduled to perform on Good Morning America’s fall concert series November 21.

UPDATE: A bulletin from Chris’s MySpace:

DAUGHTRY will be performing a 25-30 min. set this friday night @ 8pm at The Viper Room here in LA. We’re playing ALL new material from the upcoming album!! Hope to see ya’ll there.

Ace Young and Kimberly Locke will appear in Denver CO Sunday November 5 for Operation Holiday Spirit a fundraiser that hopes to raise at least $100, 000 to send “packages stuffed with holiday treats plus personal messages from the stars and cool gifts like portable DVD players and iPods” to troops overseas.  Celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Rosie O’Donnell and Cher have donated items for a silent auction.

Red carpet begins at 5:30 p.m. outside Denver’s Paramount Theater. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale through TicketMaster and the Paramount box office. Tickets range from $65 to $85 and include parking.

Kevin Covais will be a presenter at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s first annual Induction Gala.  It will be held at the Patchogue Theatre on Sunday October 15.  Some of the inductees include Billy Joel, Joan Jett,  Twisted Sister, Little Anthony, Leslie West and Mountain,  and Peter Criss of KISS

Finally, according to USAToday’s Idol Chatter blog, Melissa McGhee had surgery Monday to remove polyps from her vocal cords.  She’ll be recovering for the next couple of months.

ETA: From AOL Music, more on Taylor Hicks’ upcoming album:

“We wanted to go for the modern soul sound, and he [Taylor’s producer Matt Serletic] has such a great track record producing Matchbox Twenty records and Santana’s ‘Smooth, ‘” the singer says. “It was just a perfect fit.”

Sticking with the funk, Hicks says that horns will be a big part of the album’s sound. “Some of the Tower of Power arrangers are arranging some horns for me, ” he says. “I’m very excited to be able to get in the studio and cut live tracks with a band, as opposed to people cutting in at different times.”

Note to AOL:  Taylor’s from Birmingham AL, not Atlanta GA…  thanks griz and kirsten