News on 3 Doors Down, Anastacia, Skinny Puppy
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is wanted by police for simple assault, accused of attacking a man who attended a party at his house in Escatawpa, Miss., last week. The victim, Terry Alexander, told authorities Harrell knocked out a tooth and loosened others and he had to get seven stitches in his lip after the incident.
Alexander says in his complaint Harrell became "enraged" when he saw him with a tape recorder. He says he often carries a recorder because he was in a car accident and has trouble remembering things.
Deputies plan to arrest Harrell once he returns from Seattle, where the band just started work on a new album. A spokesperson for Universal Records, 3 Doors Down's label, had no comment on the charges.
The band is expected to be in the studio through the summer and is eyeing a possible November release for the set, the follow up to 2000's "The Better Life." That album peaked at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and spawned the singles "Loser," "Kryptonite," and "Duck and Run," all of which topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Pop artist Anastacia will perform the track "Boom" June 30 at halftime of the final match of the 2002 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. Written by the artist and producer Glen Ballard specifically for the World Cup, the song is the official song of the international soccer competition.
Anastacia first performed the song in December during the ceremony surrounding the final draw for the World Cup matches. The track appears on "Fever Pitch - The Official Music of the 2002 FIFA World Cup" compilation, released internationally this week by Sony.
Along with "Boom," the 20-track set features artists from many of the countries represented in the World Cup competition, including Jennifer Lopez and Chayanne (U.S.), Nelly Furtado (Portugal), Die Toten Hosen (Germany), Elisa (Italy), Safri Duo Meets Ayla (Denmark), OV7 (Mexico), Bongo Maffin (South Africa), and Lara Fabian (Belgium), among others.
Anastacia, whose sophomore album "Freak of Nature" is due June 18 in the U.S. via Epic, will be a special guest tonight (May 23) during "VH1 Divas Las Vegas" concert.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Updating a story first posted here earlier this week, industrial dance/rock icons Skinny Puppy is working on its first new album since 1996's "The Process." Contrary to initial reports, principal member Cevin Key tells Billboard.com the group is not working with longtime collaborator David "Rave" Ogilvie, but has enlisted the help of programmers Omar Torres (Native Instruments), Statik (Collide/Tool), and producer Mark Walk.
"We have discussed collaborating with various friends on certain tracks," Key says, mentioning Genesis P. Orridge, Otto Von Shirach, and "mystery guests." He reports that the band intends "to produce [an] LP over the next few months and tour in 2003, exactly 10 years from the intended start of our last planned tour."
Key and fellow Skinny Puppy colleague Ogre are currently playing together in the band Ohgr, whose 2001 debut album, "Welt," was issued by Spitfire. Skinny Puppy had all but collapsed by the summer of 1995, but Ogre and Key eventually completed work on "The Process" in the wake of keyboard player Dwayne Goettel's drug-related death in August of that year. The pair reunited in the summer of 2000 for a one-off live performance at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden, Germany.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
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