News on Ozzy Osbourne, Ween, Taryn Manning
Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley has declared his fight against Osbourne and his wife Sharon over performance royalties will continue, despite a Los Angeles judge's decision that says the opposite. "Obviously this is a disappointing ruling, but it's not over yet," Daisley posts on his official Web site.
Daisley, along with former Ozzy drummer Lee Kerslake, have been fighting the Osbournes over alleged unpaid royalties for 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" and 1981"s "Diary of a Madman." On Aug. 16, Judge Christina A. Snyder dismissed the case, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired and that the two had failed to prove how they were improperly credited. "Lee and I have been struggling for two decades just to receive the correct royalties and credit that's due us, and we're confident we will prevail in the end," writes Daisley.
The dismissal came just weeks after the same judge had set a Feb. 18 trial date for the case. Earlier this year, Epic reissued altered versions of the two albums, which saw Robert Trujillo (ex-Suicidal Tendencies) and Mike Bordin (ex-Faith No More), both members of Ozzy's current touring band, re-record the parts of Daisley and Kerslake.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.
Ween drummer Claude Coleman was injured in a serious car accident earlier this month, and his bandmates have set aside Oct. 7 and 8 for two benefit shows at New York's Bowery Ballroom. According to the group's official Web site, the "Concert For Claude" tickets go on sale Sept. 11 at the venue box office and on Ticketweb.
Coleman broke his pelvis in several places, and has undergone surgery to repair it, according to posts on the site, which said he is "expected to have a full recovery after a lot of time and rehabilitation/therapy." Proceeds from the show will go toward Coleman's medical bills.
As previously reported, the group is working on its eighth studio album and first since leaving Elektra in late 2000. Ween is self-financing the sessions with funds generated from the sale of a Web-only live album last year. A second live set is due this fall; fans can vote for the show of their choice via the band's site.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Boomkat, a band featuring Taryn Manning, will release its debut album, "Boomkat," Jan. 14 via DreamWorks. The actress -- seen last year opposite Britney Spears in "Crossroads" and soon to appear as Eminem's ex-girlfriend in "8 Mile" -- handles vocals for the group, which is rounded out by her composer/arranger brother Kellin. The album will be led by the single "The Wreckoning," which can be sampled via the duo's official Web site, and will be promoted to U.S. radio outlets later this year.
Along with newcomer Tweet and veteran performer Marianne Faithfull, Manning covers the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" in clothing retailer The Gap's new television ad campaign. Boomkat also posted the song "Crazy Love" on the "Crossroads" soundtrack, and has had its music featured in the Fox series "Boston Public."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.