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NellyAsh drummer Rick McMurray was injured early Friday morning as the band's tour bus driver tried to avoid a shredded tire on Oregon's Interstate 5. The bus, which was carrying the Irish band between Area2 tour gigs in San Francisco and Seattle, tipped over, flinging the band members from their bunks. Only McMurray sustained injuries during the accident, and the band did not perform at the tour's Seattle stop.

According to a statement, at deadline the band was unsure how soon it would be until McMurray would be able to perform, and whether or not his injuries would keep the band from its planned appearances at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals on Friday (Aug. 23) and Saturday, respectively.

The band, which had been touring in support of "Free All Angels" (Kinetic), is also due to support Coldplay's upcoming North American tour, which kicks off Sept. 4 at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






NellySnoop Dogg has become the first celebrity to host a "Girls Gone Wild" video. The rapper is the emcee for "Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style," the latest title in the Mantra Entertainment series that compiles clips of young women flashing the camera in spontaneous situations. The 60-minute VHS/DVD release finds Snoop not only hosting on location in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2002, but also directing some of the action from behind the lens.

Retailing for $9.99 and packaged with "Girls Gone Wild Spring Break 2002," Snoop's efforts can be ordered directly via the Girls Gone Wild Web site. The title will also be advertised heavily on television through the balance of the year.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to the world of adult entertainment. Last year he won best music and top selling tape honors at the 2002 Adult Video News Awards for "Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle," his self-produced porn video for which he also recorded the score.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






NellyThe Go-Go's have recorded the theme song to for the new WB comedy series "Do Over." Written by the band's Charlotte Caffey, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin, the track was recently recorded in Los Angeles for the show, which will premiere Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on the network.

"'Do Over' celebrates life in the '80s and the band we felt best epitomized that era was the Go-Go's," series co-executive producer Warren Littlefield said in a statement. "The band loved the premise of 'Do Over' and decided immediately to work on a song. My rock'n'roll fantasy has been fulfilled."

"Do Over" stars Penn Badgley as a 34-year-old salesman transported back in time to his 14-year-old high school body. The series also stars Angela Goethals, Josh Wise, Natasha Melnick, Gigi Rice, and Michael Milhoan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.