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Billboard Bits: Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls

News on Staind, Goo Goo Dolls, Some Girls

StaindStaind has canceled its Toronto itinerary due to a "health concern," namely the re-emergence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in the region. According to a statement, the band canceled an autograph session set for today (May 27) at a local record store and a headlining concert with support act Cold tomorrow night. Refunds are available at points of purchase.

The World Health Organization recently returned Toronto to a list of areas affected by SARS but no travel advisory has been issued. Staind joins Styx, Concrete Blonde, Elton John, Billy Joel, Lisa Marie Presley, and Kelly Clarkson in the list of artists who have axed Toronto appearances in the wake of SARS. The group's new Elektra album, "14 Shades of Grey," is expected to debut at No. 1 later this week on The Billboard 200.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

GooThe Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has ruled in favor of the Goo Goo Dolls after the act launched proceedings against a pornographic Web site with a "confusingly similar" domain name,
Billboard Bulletin reports.

The Goo Goo Dolls filed a complaint March 4 against John Zuccarini of the Bahamas, who had registered a site at, a practice known as "typo-squatting." His site automatically linked to another with sexually explicit content and advertisements.

WIPO declared that the domain name was registered in bad faith. Zuccarini -- who has been involved in similar cases in the past, according to WIPO -- was ordered to transfer the name to the Goo Goo Dolls.

-- Lars Brandle, London

ShaniaFormer Blake Babies singer Juliana Hatfield and drummer Freda Love, and bassist Heidi Gluck (the Pieces) are readying their debut album as Some Girls. Recorded last year, the trio's 11-track set, "Feel It," is due Sept. 9 via Koch Records. A tour in advance of the album's release is expected.

Hatfield and Love reunited with guitarist John Strohm and sometimes collaborator Evan Dando in 2000 to record "God Bless the Blake Babies" (Rounder) and tour in support of its release. Hatfield also launched a solo tour last fall, with Love and Gluck in tow, in support of the Rounder
retrospective "Gold Stars 1992-2002."

For more information on Some Girls, visit the group's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.