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News from Sean Combs, Shyne, Stone Temple Pilots, Cheap Trick, SwagA month after he was acquitted of charges he fired a gun in a Manhattan nightclub, Sean "Puffy" Combs went to Rikers Island to visit his protege who was jailed for the shooting, Jamal "Shyne" Barrow. Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, drove Combs into the jail complex on April 26, said Sandra Smith, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Correction. The warden then escorted the rap mogul inside the prison, she said.
Combs' visit first was reported this week in The Chief, a civil service employees' newspaper. "What we did for him was not unusual," Smith said, noting that when celebrities visit the prison, "we don't put them through the central visiting house because it causes too much of a stir."
Smith said Combs was required to empty his pockets and pass through a metal detector. He received a 20-minute visiting pass. "We would never circumvent security procedures," she said. Seabrook told The Chief that he went with Combs "to avoid a disaster."
Barrow, 22, is serving a 10-year sentence following his March conviction on assault and weapons charges for wounding three people at a Times Square nightclub on Dec. 27, 1999. A jury at the same trial acquitted Combs, 31, of pulling a gun and firing it in the club.
Stone Temple Pilots fans who can't make it to Latrobe, Pa., on Aug. 4 for the band's only scheduled U.S. appearance at the Rolling Rock Town Fair can rest easy. STP's set, along with those of co-headliner Live and several other bands, will be broadcast Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. on a pay-per-view basis through Viacom's Showtime Event Television. The planned two-hour "Stone Temple Pilots and Live at Rolling Rock Town Fair 2.0 with Deftones, Tantric, and Oleander" will cost $19.95.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Cheap Trick has issued an apology to its fans who purchased the Yep Roc Records/Plug Records/Redeye Distribution album "Catch All" by the band Swag. In a statement issued by its management, the band says Swag "worded the credits/liner notes in a misleading manner (or, more specifically, omitted information) to give the impression that [Trick bassist Tom Petersson] was the primary bass player on the CD, and ... a member of Swag."
The statement insists that Petersson "sat in with some 'old friends,'" and appeared on just two of the album's tracks. Swag is a side project of Mavericks guitarist Robert Reynolds, Sixpence None the Richer keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, and multi-instrumentalist Doug Powell. Prior to "Catch All," the band last year released the EP "Different Girls."
Also contested is the use of "unauthorized Cheap Trick-related items [that] are displayed in the cover packaging," done without the band's consent. Swag and its labels have "rejected all efforts to settle this situation amicably," according to the statement, which says Cheap Trick is moving towards a legal remedy.
Calls to a Yep Roc and Redeye Distribution spokesperson went unreturned at deadline.
A Yep Roc Records/Redeye Distribution spokesperson had no comment, except to say "we have always proceeded in good faith in dealing with all parties involved and continue to do so to resolve matters."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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