2000 - Fugitive Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's luck runs out in Philadelphia, after police arrest him at an area McDonald's. ODB had been on the lam since October, when he fled a court-ordered stint at a drug treatment facility in Pasadena, Calif. The rapper also faces outstanding cases in three New York counties for unrelated chartes, including possession of crack cocaine and illegally wearing a bulletproof vest.
Platinum-selling punk act the Offspring plans to begin work next month on the follow up to 2000's "Conspiracy of One," with eyes on a spring release through Columbia. Producer Brendan O'Brien, who manned the boards on the Orange County, Calif.-based group's last album, will again fill that role for the band's seventh disc -- if frontman Brian "Dexter" Holland gets his way.
U.K. rock quartet Coldplay has added a host of dates to its 2003 North American tour, which, as previously reported, will kick off Jan. 21 in Orlando, Fla. The trek in support of the group's sophomore Capitol set, "A Rush of Blood to the Head," is now extended through March 13 in Minneapolis. In addition, Coldplay will appear Dec. 16 on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman."
A federal judge considering an Internet copyright case said yesterday (Nov. 25) he was inclined to allow U.S. record companies and movie studios to sue the Australia-based parent company of KaZaA, a popular online file-swapping service.
The celebrated New Orleans-based Marsalis family, one of the best-known clans in jazz history, has come together for a live recording, "The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration," to be released Feb. 4 on the Marsalis Music label.
Kevin Carlberg, the lead singer of pop-leaning jam band Pseudopod, is recovering at home after undergoing surgery last week to remove a malignant brain tumor. The Interscope band was in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Nov. 12 to kick off a tour supporting O.A.R., and preparing for a radio station interview when Carlberg became ill with terrible headaches and nausea.
With the recent release of Boston's "Corporate America" (Artemis Records), the grand total of studio albums from band visionary Tom Scholz now stands at a whopping five in just over 26 years. Perhaps Scholz and the term prolific may seem incongruous; however, the MIT graduate turned studio wizard says that writer's block has never been a barrier.