U2 pay-per-view; Alpert & Moss plan return

IRISH ROCKERS U2 will have the Australian stop of their current tour broadcast on pay-per-view, marking the only opportunity fans in the United States will have to see the chart-topping group’s latest tour.

“U2 in Concert: Zooropa From Sydney, Australia” will air in the U.S. Nov. 27 as a delayed broadcast of a concert performed earlier that day.

Viewers will be asked to shell out $ 19.95 for the broadcast.

David Mallet, best known as the director of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and “Tina Turner Live” concerts, will helm. MTV and Ned O’Hanlon of Dreamchaser Prods. will serve as producers.

John Scher, veteran concert promoter and head of Polygram Diversified Entertainment, which is presenting the event, said the show will feature a larger stage and some rare U2 tunes.

CORPORATE CHATTER: Despite several major hits and decent record sales overall , word on the street is that more than one East Coast-based record company is about to be “restructured.” Although label officials are being tight-lipped about such plans, the current issue of the New Yorker cites a variety of scenarios with the WEA conglomerate. Whatever happens, expect Atlantic president Doug Morris to emerge with even more power. …

Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss are about to launch their second label together, Rondor Records. After starting A&M Records — and then selling it decades later for more than $ 400 million — the new concern is named after their longtime publishing company. The buzz going around town is that longtime industry vet Charlie Minor, who once worked for Alpert and Moss at A&M, is being courted for a high post. …

He may hold one of the industry’s most powerful positions, but EMI Records Group CEO Charles Koppelman isn’t above promoting one of his label’s major projects. Last week, he appeared on “Good Morning America,” touting the star-studded Frank Sinatra “Duets” album. Then, after hearing Howard Stern rip the project, he called the show and bantered with the caustic host.

L.A. SEEN: Though it’s been said that River Phoenix’s band was going to play at the Viper Room in West Hollywood when he died early Sunday morning (they didn’t), it’s more likely he was there to see the band that did. Called P, the combo consisted of Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, frontman Gibby Hanes of the Butthole Surfers on vocals, Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench on organ, actor (and Viper Room employee) Sal Jenco on drums, and the unlikely guitar duo of Al Jourgensen (Ministry, and producer of Nirvana’s latest effort, “In Utero”) and actor/club co-owner Johnny Depp.

Though members of P sauntered onto the stage to the strains of Frank Sinatra’s “The Lady Is a Tramp,” P didn’t sound unlike an average bar band. The week before, however, they made a surprise appearance, with a short set that included a cover of Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

Perhaps the eeriest moment of the evening came during the second song, when Hanes’ impromptu vocals turned into a meandering ramble about R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and River Phoenix.

The next evening, at McCabe’s guitar shop in Santa Monica, during a set by poet/musician Jim Carroll and guitarist/songwriter/rock critic Lenny Kaye, Phoenix’s name was solemnly mentioned in Carroll’s mid-1980s cult hit “People Who Died.”

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