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News on Jimi Hendrix, Bounty Killer, The Damned

JimiLegendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix's unique personality will be showcased in the latest release from Experience Hendrix/MCA Records, which has compiled his two summer 1969 guest appearances on "The Dick Cavett Show" for May 14 DVD/VHS release.

The 90-minute video will feature both Hendrix guest appearances on the show in their entirety -- including the original commercials -- plus a 60-minute documentary. The two shows marked Hendrix's U.S. network TV debut, featuring performances of "Izabella," "Machine Gun," and "Hear My Train a Comin.'" Cavett's interview questions famously touched upon Hendrix's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the then-recent Woodstock Festival, as well as his political views and his changing musical interests (Hendrix's three-piece group, the Experience, had been disbanded earlier that year).

"Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show" will feature a newly made documentary focusing on Hendrix's Cavett show experiences and how they revealed his sense of humor and personal expression to U.S. TV audiences. The documentary features interviews with Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, as well Cavett himself.

A thorough investigation of existing Hendrix recordings is the basis of author Steven Roby's "Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix," due in April from Billboard Books (an imprint of Watson-Guptill). Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

BountyVeteran dancehall artist Bounty Killer plans to release his next album, "Ghetto Dictionary," May 14 via VP Records. The two-disc set is broken into distinct halves: "Art of War," dedicated to lyrical boasts and challenges; and "The Mystery," which explores ghetto life in Jamaica and features guest appearances by Morgan Heritage and Kardinal.

"Ghetto Dictionary" is the follow-up to the 1999 TVT release "The 5th Element." That set debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart.

Most recently Bounty Killer -- along with such Jamaican legends as Sly & Robbie and Steelie & Cleevie -- appeared on No Doubt's Interscope album, "Rock Steady," and the set's hit single "Hey Baby." Bounty Killer, whose resume also includes work with Busta Rhymes, the Fugees, and Mobb Deep, shows his appreciation by name checking No Doubt's Gwen Stefani on the "Ghetto" track "Look Good."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

DamnedGoth-punk act the Damned has dropped off the opening slot on Rob Zombie's ongoing Demon Speeding Tour. "Unfortunately, from the very first show it was apparent that the Damned's subtle blend of gothic punk was completely lost on the predominantly metal crowds," guitarist Captain Sensible said in a statement on the band's official Web site. "Sorry to all our fans who bought tickets, but life's too short to spend two months in the back of a van when there's no point."

While the Damned had a problem with the audiences, there are apparently no hard feelings towards the tour's fellow acts. "We wish Rob, his band, and the excellent [fellow opening act] Sinisstar (decent chaps the lot of them!) all the best with the rest of the shows," Sensible adds. "We will however be coming back for the Warped Tour which will be a lot more our cup of tea I reckon." The Damned will join that trek Aug. 7 in Virginia Beach, Va., and exit after an Aug. 18 stop outside Detroit. The band is also hoping to line up European dates later this year.

Zombie will be on the road through an April 28 show in Orlando, Fla. Come July, he'll hook up with the 2002 edition of the Ozzfest tour where he'll be headlining the second stage.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.