Preparations for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour were halted last week when one of the band's veteran road crew members, Royden "Chuch" Magee, died of a heart attack during a rehearsal. The band was rehearsing in Toronto when Magee, 54, collapsed. Medical staff on hand tried to resuscitate the guitar tech in vain, and Magee was pronounced dead at Sunnybrook Hospital. The band was reportedly "deeply saddened," according to a spokesman.
OSBOURNE FAMILY SUFFERS MORE INJURY
Jack Osbourne, part of America's favorite dysfunctional family, the Osbourne's, suffered an arm injury last week in an illegal dive off a Malibu pier. Just days after his mother, Sharon, underwent cancer surgery and his dad, Ozzy, took off to headline the Ozzfest heavy metal tour, Jack went swimming with some friends -- MTV camera crew in tow -- filming for the next season of "The Osbournes." Jack jumped off the pier and injured his arm. Lifeguards rescued the stricken teen and treated him for shock after stabilizing his arm. The MTV crew took Jack to St. John's Urgent Care Center, where he was diagnosed as suffering "minor injuries."
BEATLE BACK ON THE ROAD IN SEPTEMBER
Paul McCartney will hit the road again on the second leg of his American tour beginning Sept. 21 in Milwaukee. The former Beatle, who topped earners in 2002 for the first part of the "Back In The USA" tour, will play 22 shows between September and October.
The first leg of the tour, "Driving USA," racked up $53 million in ticket sales. For "Back In The USA," McCartney will play bass with the same band -- Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitars, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums and Wix Wickens on keyboards.
"This band is too good to be just up on a shelf, and we've having too much fun to want to stop playing now," said McCartney in a written statement. McCartney will be adding different songs to the set for the "Back In The USA" tour.
"With some 20 Beatles songs in the set and another dozen hits since, seeing this show is like going to the feel-good factory," Brad Wavra of tour promoter Clear Channel Entertainment, told the Pollstar Web site.
ROOTS MUSIC ARCHIVIST ALAN LOMAX DIES
Alan Lomax, the man who documented America's roots music along with his father, John Lomax, died Friday in Florida at 87. Among the legendary artists the Lomax family discovered and recorded were Son House, Leadbelly and Muddy Waters. Their interviews with Jelly Roll Morton are crucial primary research into the history of jazz, and resulted in the book "Mister Jelly Roll" as well as the 1994 play "Jelly Roll!"
IRON MAIDEN RIO SHOW ON DVD
Heavy metal icons Iron Maiden have scheduled the release of the DVD "Rock In Rio" for Aug. 20 on Sanctuary Visual Entertainment.
The Double DVD set contains the band's live concert performance filmed at the Rock in Rio festival in 2001, in front of a sellout audience of 250,000 fans and a global TV audience of millions.
The concert was filmed by Globo TV with 14 cameras, including two cranes and a helicopter, and was directed by Dean Karr, who directed the video for "The Wicker Man."
Contained on the bonus disc is more than an hour of in-depth interviews with band members about the show and their experiences as one of the world's biggest live acts during their 25-year career. An exclusive photo diary, narrated by band photographer Ross Halfin, animated menus and other hidden extras complete the bonus disc.