Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  April 8, 2002 at 4:45 AM
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R. Kelly continues to deny that he videotaped himself having sex with underage girls. But last Thursday, as he proclaimed his innocence, he settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused him of seducing her when she was 17, MTV News reports.

The R&B singer settled with former Epic Records intern Tracy Sampson for an undisclosed sum, according to attorney Susan E. Loggans. In a $50,000 civil suit filed in August, Sampson claimed Kelly induced her into a sexual relationship when she was 17.

When the story first broke about the tape in February, Kelly told Chicago TV station WMAQ it was a fake. That same week, however, he settled another civil suit accusing him of having sex with an underage girl.

More women reportedly are preparing to file similar cases against the musician.

Chicago police continue to investigate Kelly and are still trying to authenticate the 27-minute tape they received nearly two months ago. That tape had been mailed anonymously to a Chicago newspaper, which turned it over to authorities.


Guitarist Jeff Beck, singer/songwriters Carole King and Rebekah Del Rio, country star Wynonna Judd, R&B icons Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson, and vocalist Lulu have joined the line-up of performers who'll appear at this Saturday's 11th annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Also on the bill -- benefit regulars Elton John, James Taylor and Sting, reports, as well as sitarist Ravi Shankar.

Ravi Shankar is expected to perform a piece he has written in memory of the late Beatle George Harrison, one of the two individuals to whom the night is dedicated. "We have titled the evening 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth' from George Harrison's timeless lyrics," concert producer Trudie Styler said in a statement.

Styler and her husband, Sting, co-founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989.

The event has been deemed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest environmental fundraising event in the world, according to organizers. It's the culmination of Rainforest Awareness Week in New York, when a number of awareness-building and fundraising events will be held throughout the city.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil will host the 6th Annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at the Malibu (Calif.) Country Club on May 2.

The tournament -- named in honor of Neil's daughter, Skylar, who died of cancer at 4 -- has raised almost $500,000 for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, a division of the T.J. Martell Foundation, for children's cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.

"I started this tournament because I didn't want any family to go through what Skylar and I went through," said Neil. "I hoped the event would be a hit but never imagined how big it would get. I am honored to have Skylar's name remembered with an event that helps kids."

Past celebrity golfers have included No Doubt's Adrian Young, Robby Krieger of The Doors, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Dweezil Zappa, Stephen Stills, country singer Hal Ketchum, "24's" Dennis Haysbert, Alan Thicke and athletes such as former Lakers great James Worthy and legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


Ozzy Osbourne is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. The rocker-turned-TV-star's slab of cement will reside in front of the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, according to The unveiling ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. (PDT) and -- via his Web site -- Osbourne is inviting fans to help him and his now-famous TV family to join in the festivities.


"Mended" -- the second English-language album from Marc Anthony -- is due in stores May 21. The Columbia release is the pop star's English language follow-up to 1999's triple platinum "Marc Anthony" CD and his first new album, in any language, since "Libre" in November 2001, which topped Billboard's Latin music charts for 14 straight weeks.

Anthony is now planning his first major North American tour in nearly two years, beginning in July.

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My Ruin is kicking off its first U.S tour this Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tour dates:

5/10 Buffalo, N.Y., Showplace Theatre

5/11 Providence, R.I., Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

5/12 Boston, Mass., Karma Club

5/13 Clifton Park, N.Y., Northern Lights

5/14 Syracuse, N.Y., Lost Horizon

5/16 Scranton, Pa., Tink's

5/17 Pittsburgh, Pa., M (formerly Metropol)

5/18 State College, Pa., Crowbar

5/20 Lancaster, Pa., Chameleon Club

5/21 New York, N.Y., Irving Plaza

5/23 Winston-Salem, N.C., Ziggy's

5/24 Atlantic Beach, N.C., Ziggy's By The Sea

5/26 Washington D.C., Nation

5/27 Norfolk, Va., The Boathouse

5/29 Spartanburg, S.C., Ground Zero

5/30 Birmingham, Ala., Five Points Music Hall

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