R.E.M.'S PETER BUCK
U2 lead singer Bono told a London courtroom Monday that R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is a "peaceable person" whom he has never seen drunk or taking drugs, MTV News reports.
Buck has pleaded innocent to assault charges and other allegations after reportedly getting rowdy and attacking the flight crew on a trans-Atlantic flight last April 20. Prosecutors have said the rock musician behaved like a "drunken lout" when flight attendants refused to serve him any more alcohol after 15 glasses of wine.
Buck was en route from Seattle to London to perform at the South Africa Freedom Day Concert in Trafalgar Square April 29. The other members of R.E.M. were on a different flight.
Bono said he couldn't believe his eyes when he read about the incident. "I don't know what must have happened to him," he testified. "It is certainly a bizarre event and unusual. He is a very quiet man. It is hard to get him to go on tour because he loves his kids so much. I had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match once because he thought it was too aggressive a sport."
Buck's air rage trial began last Monday and is expected to wrap later this week.
Former Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell has left the new, as-yet-unnamed band he formed with Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford, according to Billboard.com. The news comes just days after it was announced that the band would make its live debut at this summer's Ozzfest.
The Ozzfest people refused to comment on the reports.
No word on why Cornell decided to leave the band, which recently completed work on what would've been its debut album. That CD reportedly will be released as scheduled this summer.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Stone Temple Pilots have added more dates and festivals to their upcoming tour, which kicks off April 12 in Austin, Texas, according to Allstar News.
April 12, Austin, Texas, Auditorium Shores (Rock for the Roses benefit with Cake)
April 13, Miami, Bicentennial Park (Beyond 2002 with Busta Rhymes, Less Than Jake, and others)
April 16, Norfolk, Va., The Norva
April 18, Long Island, N.Y., TBA
April 19, Atlantic City, N.J., Trump Marina
April 20, Wallingford, Conn., TBA (most likely Oakdale Theater)
April 21, Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University
April 23, New York, Hammerstein Ballroom
April 25, Gainesville, Fla., O'Connell Center
April 26, Jacksonville, Fla., TBA
April 27, Charlotte, N.C., Uptown Charlotte (Cityfest Live with No Doubt, Leftover Salmon, the Disco Biscuits and others)
April 28, Zephyr Hills, Fla., Zephyr Hills Festival Park (Livestock 12 with Adema, Gravity Kills, Kid Rock, Puddle of Mudd, Rob Zombie, Sevendust and more)
April 30, Huntsville, Ala., Von Braun Center Arena
May 3, Birmingham, Ala., TBA
May 4, Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta (Music Midtown Festival with dozens of bands, including Kid Rock, Joan Jett, Counting Crows and more)
May 5, Memphis, Tom Lee Park (Beale Street Music Festival)
ELTON JOHN, BILLY JOEL
Elton John and Billy Joel have made good on their promise to quickly reschedule the final eight dates of their Face To Face tour, according to Allstar News. The shows were postponed last week to give Joel time to recover from laryngitis, inflamed vocal chords and an upper respiratory infection.
Sept. 13, Tampa, Fla., Ice Palace
Sept. 20, Boston, Fleet Center
Sept. 23, New York, Madison Square Garden
Sept. 25 & 27, Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 2, 4, & 8, East Rutherford, N.J., Continental Airlines Arena
Oct. 11 & 13, Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
'N SYNC, SMASHMOUTH
Rockers Smashmouth are hitting the road with the boy band 'N Sync.
"At first we were like 'No way, uh-uh, forget it.' Then we were like, 'OK, let's wait a minute and think about this,"' Smash Mouth's guitarist and chief songwriter Greg Camp told Jam Showbiz News.
"We're sort of known as the band that'll kinda do anything," the Rocky Mountain News quoted Camp saying. "We're up for anything that comes along."
The two groups met a couple of months ago at the People's Choice Awards. "I think they just liked the fact that we walked up and said 'Hi' to them," said Camp.