Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   April 10, 2002 at 5:39 AM
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Eminem has agreed to pay $100,000 to a Michigan man he allegedly pulled a gun on after the man kissed the rapper's wife.

E! Online quotes the Macomb Daily newspaper saying a panel of arbitration lawyers recommended the amount after hearing from both sides last month. Neither the controversial rapper nor the kisser admitted to any wrongdoing.

Only days after the June 2000 incident outside a suburban Detroit bar, John Guerra, 28, filed an emotional distress lawsuit against Eminem -- whose real name is Marshall Mathers III -- claiming he'd feared for his life when the rapper stuck the unloaded handgun in his face. Guerra said he had just hugged Kimberly Mathers, and she had kissed him, when the rapper went ballistic.

The Mathers later divorced.

Eminem eventually pleaded guilty to criminal charges of carrying a concealed weapon stemming from the incident and is serving two years' probation. He also on probation in another case that took place the same weekend and involved the same pistol, in which he allegedly pulled the weapon on associates of the rival Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse.

Eminem still faces lawsuits from a former school bully the rapper allegedly mocked in one of his tracks and a French jazz composer who claims Eminem illegally sampled a song.


The Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Ryan Adams, John Mayer and Five for Fighting have signed on for the second annual Fan Nation festival, reports. The event is scheduled for April 27 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif.

Fan Nation is modeled on Nashville's Fan Fair, in which fans are given the opportunity to meet musicians during autograph sessions and performances in smaller venues. Last year's fest featured Counting Crows, the Wallflowers and Third Eye Blind.

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Lollapalooza fans will have to wait another year. Although organizers were hoping for a summer 2002 return for the grandfather of the modern traveling music festival, tour founder Perry Farrell said it's too late to secure a solid lineup for this year.

"Having gotten a late start, we felt it would be smart to start building now for summer 2003," Farrell said in a statement quoted by "It will afford us a chance to get the headliner we really want."

Farrell launched the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991 with his own band, Jane's Addiction, headlining a bill that also featured Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T/Body Count, Living Colour, the Butthole Surfers and the Rollins Band. Since then, the tour served as the model for a host of successful festival tours -- including Ozzfest, Lilith Fair, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as the latest to join the scene, Moby's Area: One, which debuted last summer.

The last Lollapalooza took to the road in 1997, with Tool, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Tricky and Orbital.


Texas guitarist Andy Timmons' "That Was Then, This Is Now (the best of X-tacy)" will be released May 7 (on the Favored Nations label). It's his first internationally distributed release and features 11 newly remastered instrumental tracks from his first two self-released solo albums, "Ear X-tacy" and "Ear X-tacy 2," as well as five new songs recorded especially for this compilation.

The lone vocal track and first single on this instrumental album, "Slips Away," is a tribute to the late former Beatle George Harrison.


'N Sync's Lance Bass is continuing preparations to travel 'n space.

The singer told MTV News Monday that he's trying to maximize his downtime during 'N Sync's current tour to fit in additional medical tests in the United States before heading to Russia yet again to see if he can qualify for a fall flight aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. Bass had previously undergone a rigorous battery of examinations in March to qualify for a seat on the Russian mission to the International Space Station that's set to launch Oct. 22 and return to Earth Nov. 1

Destiny Productions President David Krieff -- who accompanied Bass to Moscow to film the experience for a possible television special -- said Bass's tests in the United States are being conducted "with guidance from Russia. ... The thinking is that he'll go right into training in Moscow. We're getting ready to rock here."

Though Bass's visa to Russia has already been arranged, he'll still need the approval of the Russian space agency before he can get on the short list to be the one civilian among a team of two other cosmonauts aboard the flight. If Bass makes the cut, he will be the third civilian in space. South African Mark Shuttleworth -- who is currently training at Star City near Moscow -- will be the second civilian to go into space, with his visit to the ISS booked for April 20.

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