Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  May 2, 2002 at 4:30 AM
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What Cher says will be the last tour of her career kicks off June 14 in Toronto.

"Living Proof -- The Farewell Tour" will stop in more than 50 cities across North America. It comes in support of her current Warner Bros. Records album "Living Proof," which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard album charts.

A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Children's Craniofacial Association (

Prior to the tour, Cher will be making TV appearances Friday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Dick Clark 50th Anniversary," as well as the "Will & Grace" season finale (in which she plays God) May 16 and "VH-1 Divas Las Vegas" on May 23.

Tour dates:

June 14: Toronto

June 15: Detroit

June 18: Cleveland

June 19: Columbus, Ohio

June 21: Uncasville, Pa.

June 22: Philadelphia

June 24: Boston

June 26: New York

June 29: Washington DC

June 30: Long Island, N.Y.

July 2: East Rutherford, N.Y.

July 3: Manchester, N.H.

July 5: Atlantic City, N.J.

July 9: Indianapolis

July 10: Pittsburgh

July 12: Grand Rapids, Mich.

July 13: Milwaukee

July 15: St. Louis

July 16: Kansas City

July 18: Chicago

July 29: Seattle

July 30: Vancouver, Canada

Aug. 1: San Francisco

Aug. 4: Portland, Oregon

Aug. 7: Los Angeles

Aug. 9: Las Vegas

Aug. 12: Phoenix, Ariz.

Aug. 14: Salt Lake City

Aug. 15: Denver, Colo.

Aug. 17: Little Rock, Ark.

Aug. 18: New Orleans

Aug. 20: Oklahoma City

Aug. 21: Houston, Texas

Aug. 23: Dallas

Aug. 24: Austin, Texas

Aug. 27: Greenville, S.C.

Aug. 28: Atlanta

Aug. 30: Tampa, Fla.

Aug. 31: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sept. 2: Orlando, Fla.

Sept. 4: Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 5: Louisville, Ky.

Sept. 7: Greensboro, N.C.

Sept. 8: Cincinnati, Ohio

Sept. 10: Champaign, Ill.

Sept. 12: Madison, Wis.

Sept. 13: Moline, Ill.

Sept. 15: Minneapolis, Minn.

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The family of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes has established a fund in honor of the TLC singer/songwriter.

In lieu of flowers, Lopes's family would greatly appreciate offerings of condolences be sent in the form of a charitable donation to: The Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Fund, c/o The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, National Headquarters -- Special Donations, 6350 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309-2130. Please include the words "Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Fund" on the memo line of all checks sent to the foundation.

In a statement, Lisa's mother, Mrs. Wanda Lopes, and her entire family expressed their heartfelt thanks to the thousands of fans who've sent messages of condolences at this tragic time.

Lopes's private funeral will be held Thursday morning in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia, Ga. She was killed last week in a car accident in Honduras at age 30.


Some more details have emerged surrounding the car accident that's sidelined Creed frontman Scott Stapp.

Allstar News quotes a spokesman for the band at Wind-Up Records saying Stapp suffered neck and back injuries when his Cadillac SUV was rear-ended by another car on Florida's Interstate 4 on April 19. The singer did not suffer any broken bones. Once a determination has been made on his condition and its recovery time, the decision will then be made as to when to reschedule the tour.

The second North American leg of Creed's "Weathered" tour was postponed because of the crash.


Members of Widespread Panic are in shock following the death of a fan during the band's performance last Saturday night in Pelham, Ala.

Erica Robins Young of Chattanooga, Tenn., collapsed during the concert and died about an hour later of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy.

"The band, management, and crew members of Widespread Panic send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young lady," Widespread Panic said in a statement reported by "Throughout the 15 years the band has been performing, this is the first time we have encountered this type of incident."

The weekend of concerts in Alabama marked the end of Widespread Panic's spring tour. A European tour slated for May was previously canceled "due to extenuating circumstances," although the band's official Web site said it "hopes to reschedule this tour in the future."

The band will release a new concert album, the three-disc "Live in the Classic City" (Sanctuary Records), on June 11 prior to the start of its planned summer tour. That trek will kick off with June 21-22 headlining shows at the sold-out Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., and will wrap with a July 25-28 stand at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif.

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Otep has confirmed plans to spend the summer again as part of the annual Ozzfest tour.

The band -- Otep Shamaya, vocals; Evil J, bass; Moke, drums; and Rob, guitar- - will be among the Ozzfest's Second Stage lineup beginning July 6 in Bristow, Va., with dates running though Aug. 7 in Clarkston, Mich.igan (see attached itinerary). The band will get ready for the tour with a mainstage performance at the Ozzfest UK, slated for May 25 at England's famed Castle Donington and in Ireland on May 26 at Dublin's Punchtown Race Course. Once again, Otep will be the only female-fronted act on the Ozzfest roster

Otep's Capitol Records debut album, Sevas Tra," hits stores June 18.


N.E.R.D. -- otherwise known as the songwriting/production geniuses Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo -- launch their first-ever headline tour beginning May 30. Hugo and Williams -- who've worked with diverse superstars such as No Doubt, Fred Durst and Jay-Z -- will be joined on stage by rapper/vocalist Shay and the Minneapolis-based band Spy Mob, who is confirmed as the tour's opening support act. N.E.R.D.'s debut album, "In Search Of...", was released March 12.

Tour dates:

5/30 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre

5/31 Washington DC 9:30 Club

6/01 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre

6/03 Boston, MA Paradise Club

6/04 New York, NY Irving Plaza

6/06 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

6/07 Chicago, IL Metro

6/08 Minneapolis, MN Quest

6/11 Portland, OR Plan B Complex

6/12 Seattle, WA Showbox

6/14 San Francisco, CA Fillmore

6/15 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues


The hard-rock band Poison -- Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett -- will release their new studio CD, "Hollyweird," on May 21.

"'Hollyweird' is a crank-it-up and hard-core rock 'n' roll record," said frontman Michaels. "As always, Poison chases no trend. We stay true to our style, true to ourselves and true to our fans. That's what's kept Poison rocking the arenas for 17 years."

"Hollyweird" is Poison's ninth album and will be supported by the band's Hollyweird World Tour, which kicks off May 14 at the BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo, Miss.

Poison will appear on a variety of TV shows before the tour begins.

One of the last live performances the band did with guitarist C.C. DeVille was the controversial appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, where Michaels and DeVille slugged it out backstage after the show. "We don't expect that to happen again," joked Michaels, "but stay tuned because you never know what might happen with this band."

Poison's upcoming TV sighting will include ABC's "Live with Regis & Kelly" Thursday (at 9 a.m.); CBS's "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" on May 9 (at 12:35 a.m. May 10); and NBC' s "Last Call With Carson Daly" May 17 (at 1:35 a.m. ET).

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It just might be "Simply Irresistible."

Now in stores -- "Best of Both Worlds/The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001)," the first two-disc overview of his career.

The collection's 42 selections span his 1970s Island tracks, his EMI hits (solo and with The Power Station), live cuts from 2001's indie "Live at the Apollo," the Grammy-nominated "Hellhound on My Trail/Songs of Robert Johnson" as well as his latest CD, "Drive." With at least one song from each of his 16 solo albums plus "The Power Station" and "Sweet Lies" soundtrack, "Best of Both Worlds" includes 11 Top-40 hits -- five of them Top 10.


Progressive rockers Supertramp is out with "The Story So Far...", the band's first-ever DVD.

"The Story So Far..." (A&M/UME) features live performances of all of the biggest hits, five of the band's music videos and revealing interviews with each bandmember, including leaders Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, as they tell the story of Supertramp ... so far.

The live renditions of 11 songs were culled from the group's massive 1983 world tour. Also seen and heard are the Supertramp classics "Breakfast In America," "Crime Of The Century," "Crazy" and "School" as well as "Ain't Nobody But Me" and "From Now On." All were on the original 1991 VHS homevideo. The DVD edition, however, adds five bonus videos -- "My Kind Of Lady," "Cannonball," "Better Days," "Free As A Bird" and "I'm Beggin' You." All have been digitally remastered.


Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, 'NSync's Justin Timberlake and Nelly talk to young people about HIV and AIDS in a series of four new YouthAIDS public service announcements.

The PSAs -- produced by Artists Against AIDS Worldwide -- present dire AIDS statistics and solid hope for future generations, against the background music of the re-recorded "What's Going On" single, written by Marvin Gaye.

The primary mission of YouthAIDS is to inform and educate 15-24 year olds about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. It promotes abstinence, decreased sexual activity and safer sex to teens around the world.

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The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards will remain home in New York City this year -- airing live from Radio City Music Hall. This marks the fourth straight year that the VMA's will emanate from New York City.

It was also announced Wednesday that out of respect for the one year anniversary of the events of 9/11, MTV's most visible awards show will move, for this year only, up one week to Aug. 29 (at 8 p.m. ET/PT). Historically, the Video Music Awards have aired on the first Thursday in September.

"Our plan is to throw the last big bash of the summer with the Video Music Awards occurring right here in our own backyard," said Van Toffler, MTV & MTV2 president. "By bringing together artists, fans and the city's creative community for MTV's biggest night of the year, we hope to show our love and support for the place we truly call home every day."

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