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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By United Press International   |   June 11, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

NO SECRETS

Heather and Sir Paul tried -- they really did -- but they did not manage to keep their wedding plans secret.

As they arrived Sunday for their Tuesday ceremony at St. Salvator's Church on the grounds of Castle Leslie -- a 1,000-acre 17th century estate in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland -- Heather Mills, 34, and Paul McCartney, 59, were greeted by a crowd of journalists and fans.

"I would just like to thank all the people who have written in to us and people we have met on the streets who have wished us all the best," McCartney told the well-wishers.

He also admitted that he was "just a bit" nervous.

The couple reportedly turned down an offer of $2.2 million for photographs of the wedding, but decided to offer one shot for sale to the media -- with proceeds going to Adopt-A-Minefield, an international campaign to ban landmines around the world.

The guest list included Eric Clapton, Sting and Beatles' producer George Martin.


'OSBOURNE'S ALBUM FINALLY IN STORES

"The Osbournes Family Album" hits stores Tuesday, with Ozzy, Sharon and the little ones, Kelly and Jack, scheduled to promote the release with an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square.

Ozzy and family chose the songs for the album. His picks included Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" and the Kinks' "You Really Got Me."


KELLY OFF LENO

NBC has announced that Kelly Osbourne -- who had been booked to make her network TV performing debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" this Friday -- has canceled her appearance due to a scheduling conflict, and will be replaced on the bill by Chris Isaak.

Osbourne had been booked to appear on the show's Lincoln Garage Concert Series. She has been on the show before, appearing with the rest of her family to promote MTV's "The Osbourne Family" series.

The series continues each Friday until Sept. 6 on the outdoor Lincoln Garage stage -- built specifically for the musical performances next to "The Tonight Show" soundstage at NBC Studios in Burbank.


REMEMBERING ROBBIN CROSBY

Surviving members of Ratt are mourning the death of guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died of AIDS on June 6. He was 42.

Crosby had been living with the HIV virus for at least seven years. He announced during an interview with Internet station KNAC last summer that he had AIDS. He said he had contracted the disease through heroin use, and after several hospitalizations.

Crosby was a founding member of Ratt in 1983 with drummer Bobby Blotzer, bassist Juan Croucier, guitarist Warren DeMartini and singer Stephen Pearcy.

"Robbin was a sweet soul, great talent and he will be missed. Rest in peace," wrote Pearcy in a post on his Web site. Pearcy is no long with the band.


STEWART LEAVES GODSMACK AGAIN

Drummer Tommy Stewart has left Godsmack for the second time since he founded the band with singer Sully Erna, bassist Robbie Merrill and guitarist Tony Rambola more than five years ago.

Erna told Rolling Stone the decision was amicable and mutual, and Stewart plans to pursue other musical interests.

"Tommy is a great guy and a tremendous drummer," said Erna. "We wish him all the success in the world ... he deserves it."

Godsmack left the group once before, after drumming on the band's independently produced debut album, "All Wound Up," in 1997. Stewart returned for the second album after the band signed with Universal a year later.

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