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AHCAmerican Head Charge guitarist Dave Rogers was arrested Wednesday after playing a set completely nude during the Pledge of Allegiance tour stop at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Rogers was arrested backstage for public lewdness, but "the situation was resolved at the venue [and] he'll have to report to a New Jersey court at a later date," according to a statement.

"What's the big fucking deal? I run around naked all the time," said Rogers, who escaped prosecution for a similar stunt during this summer's Ozzfest tour. "I guess the cops were threatened by my manhood."

AHC will join Slayer for a six-week North American tour, beginning tonight (Nov. 2) in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. The group is out in support of its American debut, "The War of Art," which bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in September.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SevendustBush's Gavin Rossdale, Sevendust, and Saves the Day are among the acts who will herald the release of Microsoft's Xbox gaming system during a bi-coastal 48-hour marathon event in New York and Universal City, Calif. Also due to perform are DJs from Sugar Ray, Limp Bizkit, and Korn.

The East Coast event at New York's Metronome (915 Broadway) will feature Rossdale performing at 8 p.m. tonight (Nov. 2), and Sevendust tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The West Coast version at the Universal City Walk boasts Sugar Ray's DJ Hurricane, Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal, and Korn and Adema's DJ Minus performing today from 5-10 p.m.; Saliva and Saves the Day will perform tomorrow at a time yet to be determined.

The video game competition will award random prizes to gamers as well as to the top three champions. The Xbox, Microsoft's much heralded foray into the gaming hardware arena, is due to be released Nov. 15 in North America. For more information, visit the product's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Craig DavidTomorrow (Nov. 3) and Sunday, MTV2's "International Weekend" will feature a slew of programming devoted to artists from around the world, including showings of MTV Latin America's "Unplugged" with Latin star Shakira at 10 p.m. each night. Also look for Craig David hosting "Passport Pleasures," a look at successful artists from around the globe (2 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday); and "The Best of the EMAs," a compilation of highlights from the last few MTV Europe Awards ceremonies (5 and 8 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m Sunday).

Another highlight is a one-hour preview of "1 Giant Leap" (9 a.m Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday), a DVD and CD documentary project that will be released next year by Palm Pictures. Conceived by Faithless' Jamie Catto and producer Duncan Bridgeman, the project features more than 50 artists, musicians, authors, educators, and spiritual leaders commenting on concepts such as unity, inspiration, sex, death, and time. Filmed at more than 20 locations -- exotic and mundane -- worldwide, "1 Giant Step" includes contributions from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Dennis Hopper, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Baaba Maal, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Citing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., the Boston Symphony has canceled performances of choruses from "The Death of Klinghoffer," an opera about the 1984 hijacking of a cruise ship. The 1990 opera by John Adams meditates on the attack on the Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists, who killed American Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer and pushed his body into the sea as he sat in his wheelchair.

"We programmed this piece because we believe in it as a work of art, and we still hold that conviction," BSO managing director Mark Volpe said. But, given the proximity of the Sept. 11 attacks, the orchestra decided "to err on the side of being sensitive," he added. The performances had been scheduled for later this month.

Volpe said the decision was made in consultation with music director Seiji Ozawa and conductor Robert Spano. "It seems inappropriate to perform excerpts from an opera about a terrorist act right now. I fear that extra-musical considerations would prevent a real appreciation," Spano said.

Adams told The Boston Globe by E-mail he disagreed with the decision "not only because it presumes the BSO's audiences only want comfort and familiarity during these difficult times, but also because it sets a precedent that there is poetry and music that should not be performed at a given moment because of its content."

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