Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  April 19, 2002 at 4:45 AM
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The Dixie Chicks and Latin pop singer Shakira will join Mary J. Blige, Cher and Celine Dion when "VH1 Divas Las Vegas: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation" airs live from the MGM Grand on May 23 (at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

Continuing in the "Divas" tradition, the show will be bringing together some of the biggest names in music today for an exclusive, high-voltage night of unforgettable performances. The past four "VH1 Divas" specials are among the top five highest-rated broadcasts in VH1's history.

Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools, and to raising awareness of the positive impact that music participation has on students.

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According to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the surviving members of Kurt Cobain's band, Nirvana, are demanding that Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, submit to a psychiatric exam.

Love ("Man on the Moon," "The People vs. Larry Flynt") is engaged in a legal battle with former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for control of the band's music. She and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, filed suit last year to terminate Nirvana L.L.C., the business partnership she formed with Grohl and Novoselic.

Cobain's former bandmates alleged in December that Love is "incapacitated" and not fit to manage her business partnership with them. "In her professional dealings, Love is irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable," said the rockers in a court filing.

A lawyer for Grohl and Novoselic told the newspaper that the evaluation would be used to determine whether Love is competent to remain as a member of the partnership. Attorney Kelly Corr said the partnership agreement includes a provision allowing any of the partners to request that another partner be examined for "capacity."

Grohl and Novoselic have requested that Love submit to an examination by a psychiatrist of their choosing by June 1.

Cobain shot and killed himself in 1994.

(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


A 31-year-old man faces charges of trespassing and making criminal threats after being arrested in Los Angeles Wednesday for allegedly stalking rapper-turned-record-mogul Master P.

In a statement, the musician said Antwan Baker had been dogging him as far back as 1999, pestering him for a recording contract and for his company, No Limit, to finance a movie. He said he'd had to call security several times to remove Baker.

The latest confrontation took place in the reception area of P's attorney. When building security stepped in, Baker allegedly began shouting and making threats. Police were called and he was arrested.


Neither the current unrest in the Middle East nor the threat of renewed conflict between Israel and Lebanon kept former Pink Floyd songwriter Roger Waters from playing Beirut Wednesday night.

Some 6,000 people turned out at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Centre to see a rare incursion into Lebanon by a major Western artist. reports the concert was the first in the Middle East to use surround sound.

Many had assumed Waters would scrap the Beirut stop-off because of current political instability. But, speaking at a news conference earlier in the year, the rocker said canceling was not an option. "The chances of me being run over by a car are much bigger than getting killed in a bomb explosion," he said.

Last year's summer music festival at Baalbek -- staged amid 3000-year old temples -- drew a crowd of 9,000 for a performance by Sting. But the Red Hot Chili Peppers pulled out of a planned show in the Middle East recently because of the tension in the region.


Destiny's Child came to the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square Wednesday to meet their fans.

The crowd was mostly teenaged as the girl trio signed copies of their latest book, "Soul Survivors: The Official Biography of Destiny's Child." Michelle Williams also signed copies of her new gospel solo album, "Heart To Yours." At times, her R&B co-divas held the album up for the crowd and posed for pictures with it.

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