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Rock News: Music's highs and lows

By United Press International   |   May 23, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

ALIEN ANT FARM CRASH

Singer Dryden Mitchell hurt his back, guitarist Terry Corso broke his ankle, bassist Tye Zamora injured his foot and drummer Mike Cosgrove was treated for cuts and bruises -- and the bus driver was killed -- when Alien Ant Farm's tour bus crashed into a parked truck early Wednesday on a highway about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain.

AAF was traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, for one of the final scheduled performances on their 10-date European tour, which was scheduled to wrap Friday. They had planned to return to the United States Saturday and play the WHFS Festival on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. -- but the appearance has been canceled.

They're also supposed to play with Sevendust, Default, Nickelback and Godsmack at the Rolling Rock Town Fair on July 27 in Greenland, Pa.

"We send out condolences and prayers to the family of the driver," the band's management said in a statement. "We're obviously very fortunate and thankful the band and crew survived the accident."


P. DIDDY OUT IN FRONT

"P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present ... We Invented the Remix" debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 album chart, with first week sales of 255,547 units.

That's the highest scan ever for a remix album and the first multi-artist remix collection to debut at No. 1. The project got some help from the lead single and video "I Need a Girl (Part One)," featuring Usher and Loon.

The set also includes the P. Diddy remix of "I Need a Girl (Part Two)" featuring Ginuwine, Loon, Mario Winans and Tammy Ruggieri, as well as a remix of Ashanti's "Foolish" entitled "Unfoolish," featuring Notorious B.I.G.

Cam'ron's "Come Home With Me" debuted at No. 2, with 226,000 copies sold. Weezer debuted at No. 3 on sales of 152,000 copies of "Maladroit."

Musiq's "Juslisen" fell from No. 1 to No. 5. Rush's first album of new material in more than five years, "Vapor Trails," debuted at No. 6.

The rest of the Top 10 are: "Ashanti"; "A New Day Has Come" (Celine Dion); "Now That's What I Call Music! Volume 9" and "C'mon C'mon" (Sheryl Crow).


NEW BECK

Beck has finished work in his seventh record, an as-yet-untitled set produced by Nigel Goodrich, who also worked on Beck's 1998 album "Mutations."

Beck's follow-up to 1999's "Midnite Vultures" is due in stores on Sept. 24.

For this record, Beck brought in collaborators including songwriter/producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Eels, Aimee Mann) and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz).


GOO GOO DOLLS READY TO ROLL

As the Goo Goo Dolls prepare for their upcoming U.S. tour -- kicking off Thursday in Houston -- frontman Johnny Rzeznik told Rolling Stone he's "psyched" to get out there and start promoting the new album "Gutterflower."

"I like getting out on the road and getting together with the band and doing that whole thing. It keeps reality at bay," he said with a laugh.

Rzeznik said the show will not have much in the way of visuals, but it will rock pretty hard.

"It'll be lots of loud rock," he said. "Lots of loud rock, and that's it."

Sensefield will open for the entire tour, and Five for Fighting have been signed to open on some dates. The tour is scheduled to run through Aug. 16 in Wantagh, N.Y.


INCUBUS DVD DUE NEXT WEEK

Incubus have set May 28 as the release date for their second DVD home video release "Morning View Sessions."

The "Morning View" album has been certified double-platinum. Most of the footage on the DVD comes from a live in-studio concert the band played in October 2001 at the Sony Music Studios in New York City, which was aired on MTV and VH-1.

The DVD is the first by a musical artist to use the Sony CineAlta 24P production system that allows for 24-frames per second high definition video that looks similar 35mm film origination. It's the same system that was used to shoot "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

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