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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By United Press International   |   May 7, 2002 at 4:55 AM   |   Comments

TLC WILL FINISH FOURTH ALBUM

According to Arista Records, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas -- surviving members of TLC -- will finish work on the group's fourth album without Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras last month.

VH1 reported that Arista hopes to release the album later this year.

The trio started work on the project late last year but took a break when T-Boz was hospitalized for two months for complications related to her sickle cell anemia. Long-time producer Dallas Austin told VH1 they were getting ready to go back to the studio when Lopes was killed on April 25.

"I've done about six or seven songs," said Austin. "(We also have) pieces of four or five more things that haven't been finished. Everybody was getting ready to start back working in the next week or two."

Lopes' publicist Jay Marose said he's heard some of the songs. He said TLC fans will be pleased when they hear the album.


WILL THIS WORK?

Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr. will perform together at Kid Rock's concert at Madison Square Garden, singing "The F-Word," their collaboration on Williams's current album, "Almeria Club Recordings."

The two will turn around and sing the song again on May 22 at the 37th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards.

Kid Rock has rescheduled his postponed show in Knoxville, Tenn. for June 12 at the Civic Coliseum. He had to cancel out of last Thursday's show because of laryngitis.

A statement on his Web site said the singer had never canceled a show before, and regretted any inconvenience his fans may have experienced.

"He hopes his fans will understand that he could not be 100 percent," said the posting, "and that postponing the show until June 12 will give him an opportunity to get well and ensure his fans of a great performance."


STONES IN A BLIMP?

The Rolling Stones have been fairly quiet about the plan, but federal aviation officials reportedly have confirmed that Mick and the boys have requested permission to land in New York's Van Cortlandt Park Tuesday at mid-day -- where they plan to announce plans for their upcoming North American tour.

It will be their first tour since 1999. They could call it their 40th anniversary tour, since the played their first gig in 1962 at the Marquee Club in London.


R. KELLY SPEAKS

According to a report on Black Entertainment Television, Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly will sit for his first major interview since his name became implicated in an underage sex scandal.

Kelly has denied claims that he videotaped himself having sex with minors. He has accused others of making up the story and making a phony videotape to try to shake him down for money.

Ed Gordon, the host of the network's nightly news show, "BET Tonight," told his audience Kelly wants to get his side of the story out.

"His representative contacted us and said Mr. Kelly wanted to talk about the allegations," said Gordon. "Many people have said they wanted to hear from him. Now America will hear his side of the story."

The interview is scheduled to air on "BET Tonight" on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. ET.


BLINK 182 GETTING 'SIMPSONIZED'

Blink 182 is adding its name to the list of recording artists who have been made fun of on "The Simpsons."

"We already did the voices for it, but it takes about a year before it comes out," singer/bassist Mark Hoppus told LAUNCH.com. "So it should be out next February."

Blink 182 is currently on the Pop Disaster tour with Green Day and Jimmy Eat World.

So what's their story on the Simpsons?

"Let's see, said Hoppus, "Bart discovers that he was a former child actor when he was a baby and that Homer spent all the money he made. So he becomes legally emancipated and he kind of like hits the road."

Along the way, Bart runs into Blink 182 and skateboarder Tony Hawk.

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