Ex-Lemonhead principal Evan Dando, relatively dormant in recent years, has a flood of activity on his calendar in the coming months. The artist, who will close 2001 with four shows on the East Coast,

Ex-Lemonhead principal Evan Dando, relatively dormant in recent years, has a flood of activity on his calendar in the coming months. The artist, who will close 2001 with four shows on the East Coast, has been working on his first solo album, tentatively set for release in 2002, as well as with numerous other musicians.

The four 2001 shows will find Dando playing with a four-piece band including members of Come and Silkworm, but he has also been recording with another quartet featuring Australian popster Ben Lee, Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Jason Schwartzman (best known for his lead role in the film "Rushmore"). The latter collaboration has produced a two-track single, "Dead or Anything" b/w "Love Song," which will see the light of day in February on Trifekta Records Australia.

Earlier this year, Dando collaborated with Lee to write the song "Brain Damaged," which was recorded as a duet between Dando and Juliana Hatfield, and included on the Blake Babies reunion album "God Bless the Blake Babies," released in March by Zoe/Rounder.

Meanwhile, Dando has scheduled some recording time for next year with the Virgins, a quirky supergroup of sorts featuring ex-Whiskeytown leader Ryan Adams and former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur.

The Lemonheads' final album, "Car Button Cloth" (Atlantic), topped out at No. 130 on The Billboard 200 in November 1996.

Here are Evan Dando's tour dates:

Dec. 28: Philadelphia (North Star)
Dec. 29: Boston (Paradise)
Dec. 30: New York (Knitting Factory)
Dec. 31: Hoboken, N.J. (Maxwell's)

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