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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   March 19, 2002 at 6:30 AM   |   Comments

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

The first generation of punk rockers joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, former teen idol Brenda Lee and soul singer Isaac Hayes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2002 Monday night.

The induction ceremony was held at New York's post Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and taped for airing Wednesday on VH1.

CNN.com reports Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder sported a mohawk hairdo as he inducted The Ramones. Vedder swigged from a bottle of wine as he recalled it being "terribly frightening and totally blissful" the first time he saw The Ramones in concert. Their induction is especially bittersweet, in the light of lead singer Joey Ramone's death from cancer last April.

Also joining the hall -- the Talking Heads; country's Chet Atkins, who died last June; early 1960s hitmaker Gene Pitney; and Stax Records co-founder Jim Stewart.

Other celebrity presenters included Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan, Jewel, Alicia Keys, Brian Setzer and country singer Marty Stuart.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cleveland.


BILLY JOEL

An inflamed vocal cord and an upper respiratory infection has forced Billy Joel to postpone the rest of his U.S. concert dates with Elton John, Jam Music reports.

The two were scheduled to play New York's Madison Square Garden Monday night; the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 20, 22, 28 and 30; and the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 4, 8, and 11.

Joel's spokeswoman, Claire Merucuri, said the "Face to Face" tour shows will be rescheduled in the next day or so.


R.E.M.'S PETER BUCK

British prosecutors say R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck behaved like a "drunken lout" aboard a Seattle-to-London flight last April. Their comments came Monday during opening statements at the rock guitarist's trial in London, Billboard.com reports. He's accused of being drunk on an aircraft, committing assault and damaging British Airways property.

Buck, 45, denies the charges.

The trial is expected to last eight days. The case first went to trial last fall, but on the second day, the judge abruptly dismissed the jury with the explanation, "matters have arisen which necessitate that this trial cannot proceed at the moment."

Buck was traveling to Britain to promote R.E.M.'s latest CD when the incident allegedly took place, resulting in his being arrested when the plane landed.


KORN

They've been absent from the rock scene for a while but Korn wants everyone to know they're "Here to Stay."

Following a brief tour of Mexico and South America, the band is planning a North American road trip -- slated to begin June 20 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., MTV News reports. That's nine days after Korn's fifth album, "Untouchables," hits store shelves.

Korn's new single, "Here to Stay," is currently receiving widespread airplay.

Confirmed tour dates:

6/20: Wilkes-Barre, PA

6/21: Hartford, CT

6/23: New York, NY

6/26: Toronto, ONT, Canada

6/27: Montreal, QC, Canada

6/29: Pittsburgh, PA

6/30: Cleveland, OH

7/2: Grand Rapids, MI

7/3: Detroit, MI

7/5: Chicago, IL

7/8: Peoria, IL

7/9: Lexington, KY

7/11: Indianapolis, IN

7/12: Columbus, OH

7/13: Dayton, OH

Venues and more dates will be announced shortly.


INXS

INXS is planning a U.S. club tour this summer, with a new lead singer.

Hollywood.com reports the band has tabbed Jon Stevens to stand in for original frontman Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997. Stevens is formerly with the Aussie band Noiseworks and has been performing with INXS on short jaunts throughout Australia and Europe.

"No one will ever replace Michael as the lead singer of INXS," said guitarist Andrew Fariss. "At the same time, we all still have a passion to perform and to continue doing what we love. In the past year we've played some shows with Jon, who is a fantastic singer. It has felt very comfortable, and sounded pretty damn good, so it seems a natural progression to perform together for this U.S. tour."

The road trip kicks of May 30 in Anaheim, Calif., and will include stops at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on June 1, the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on June 4, Utah State Fair Park in Salt Lake City on June 11, the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on June 13, and the City Lights Pavilion in Denver on June 15.


UNDERWORLD

Underworld's sixth album -- the follow up to 2000's live effort "Everything, Everything" -- is due out this September (on V2 Records).

RollingStone.com reports that so far the album is set to include "Two Months Off," "Momove," and "Sola Sistim," composed by frontman Karl Hyde and Underworld cohort Rick Smith. Darren Emerson left the group in 2000 to focus on his DJ career.

"This is Rick's and my 22nd year together," Hyde says. "So it's made no change in terms of the working process. There's been a fantastic atmosphere this last couple of years and we just got on with it. After our last show in Tokyo (in 2000), we decided we just wanted to stop everything and make music. We said to ourselves we're just gonna cut loose and write whatever we wanted to and however that came out was the album. So what's happened is the same people that worked on the record, that did most of the music on all the other records, have had a really great time."

Underworld will perform a handful of shows throughout Europe this summer in preparation for their official live comeback at Britain's Creamfields festival on August 24 in Liverpool. A North American road trip is in the works at year's end.


BARRY MANILOW

Barry Manilow has added 30 more shows to his "LIVE2002! Concert Tour." The summer leg opens June 14 at the new City Lights Pavilion in Denver and continues to Kansas City, San Diego, Tucson, Irvine, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Birmingham, Charlotte, Boston, Saratoga, Philadelphia, and New York.

"LIVE2002!" highlights songs from Manilow's latest album, "Here At The Mayflower," as well as many of the classics from the "Ultimate Manilow" collection of Greatest Hits.

Joining Manilow on his summer tour -- as well as on Manilow's upcoming May tour of the United Kingdom -- is noted singer/songwriter/sax man, Curtis Stigers, whose new album, "Secret Heart" (on Concord Records), is scheduled for release April 23.


'SHARP DRESSED MEN: A TRIBUTE TO ZZ TOP'

Brad Paisley performs the title track on "Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top." The album, due in stores April 30 (on RCA Records), is a collection of ZZ Top songs sung by country artists in tribute to the famous rock trio.

Country.com reports Paisley's "Sharp Dressed Man" is one of 15 tracks on the all-male tribute album. Other artists include Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams III, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam.

The group -- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard -- was in Nashville during the recent Country Radio Seminar to tape an episode of "CMT Crossroads." They were paired with Brooks & Dunn in a swap of country and rock influences. The show debuts April 21 (at 8 p.m. ET/PT) on CMT.


BRITNEY: THE BISTRO

E! Online quotes Crain's New York Business saying Britney Spears is going into the restaurant business.

The pop princess reportedly is teaming up with famed New York dining-scene impresario Bobby Ochs to open her own Manhattan eatery on 41st Street. The place -- tentatively called "Pinky's," after Spears' nickname -- is slated to start serving moderately priced eats at the end of May.

Spears, 20, has been trying to branch out from her day job as one of the top-selling teenyboppers. In addition to her budding food empire, she recently made her big-screen debut in "Crossroads" and is also considering lending her name to a clothing line.

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