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News on Grammys, Blur, Jonathan DavisFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been added to the Joe Strummer/Clash tribute performance slated for Sunday's (Feb. 23) Grammy Awards ceremony. As previously reported, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and No Doubt's Tony Kanal will all take part. According to a spokesperson, Grohl will play guitar and trade vocals with Springsteen and Costello on a version of the Clash's "London Calling."
In other Grammy news, Philadelphia-based rap act the Roots will join previously announced performer Eminem on a performance of "Lose Yourself," and Kid Rock will be on hand to perform with Sheryl Crow. Newly confirmed presenters are Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Kylie Minogue, Ja Rule, and actors Joe Pantoliano and Kim Catrall.
For a look at the nominees in some of the biggest Grammy categories and other details about the event, visit Billboard.com's 2003 Grammy Preview. The show will be broadcast live on CBS from New York's Madison Square Garden beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
-- Barry A. Jeckell & Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Blur has been added to the lineup for the fourth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The Damon Albarn-led group will play on the first day of the event (April 26), alongside such artists as Beastie Boys, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Ben Harper.
The performance will come about a week before Blur releases its next Virgin album, due May 6 and a day earlier internationally. A spokesperson could not confirm reports that the set is titled "Think Tank" or that former Verve guitarist Simon Tong has joined the band as a replacement for longtime member Graham Coxon. The album's first single, "Out of Time," will be released April 14 in the U.K.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis has contributed a new version of "The Twilight Zone" theme song to the UPN update of the classic television series. His version will premiere on Wednesday's (Feb. 26) episode of the show. "I thought it would be a great opportunity for me do something cool with the music for the show," Davis said in a statement. "I watched 'The Twilight Zone' growing up as a kid because that's the kind of stuff I'm into."
Davis described his version as "darker toned... There are a whole bunch of heavy guitars and big drums on it. The opening is dark and eerie since 'The Twilight Zone' is a place where anything can happen, and it's usually something twisted and dark. I want to make the visuals pop out and give you that eerie 'Twilight Zone' vibe."
Wednesday's episode will feature a story written, directed, and starring Eriq La Salle ("ER") and guest-starring Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day"). Another segment will feature Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld") and Bonnie Sommerville ("In-Laws").
As previously reported, Korn is among the headliners for this year's Ozzfest, which will kick off Jan. 28 in San Antonio.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.