Weezer bassist Mickey Welsh has checked into a psychiatric hospital, believed to be in his hometown of Boston. "We unfortunately still don't know what's wrong with [Welsh], and continue to find it very difficult to find out any more from those who might know," the band writes on its official Web site. "We wish him the very best and we hope he comes back soon. But in the meantime, due to the circumstances at hand with the upcoming tours and such, we are indeed hastily scheduling try-outs for a replacement player for the upcoming gigs."
Rapper C-Murder, the brother of No Limit Records mogul Master P, turned himself into Baton Rouge, La., police today (Aug. 17) and was awaiting booking for allegedly trying to fire a gun at a nightclub owner earlier this week. Police said the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, faced charges of attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.
Yesterday (Aug. 16) marked the 24th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of fans have marked the annual somber occasion during "Elvis Week" with a candlelight vigil to Presley's gravesite at the Graceland mansion in Memphis. But tonight, many of those same fans may feel as if Presley never left the building at all.
Rapper Eminem's Internet cartoon, Slim Shady World," will no longer be bound to a computer monitor. On Nov. 6, Ground World Entertainment and Shady World Productions will release a DVD/VHS compendium of the series, a sort of "South Park" meets "The Marshall Mathers LP." The shows feature the voice work of Eminem and some of his peers and cohorts. Xzibit shows up in the latest episodes, which parody the HBO series "OZ."
Jewel has "completed the recording process" for her upcoming fourth album, tentatively titled "This Way" and scheduled for a Nov. 13 via Atlantic. The singer/songwriter is currently in the "final mixing stages" of the project, according to newsletter circulated to fans by her management company. A yet-to-be-determined single will precede the disc in October.
Having just parted ways with Reprise Records in the wake of disagreements over the group's new album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," Wilco has now hit another rough patch, as songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett has left the Chicago rock act.
Damned frontman Dave Vanian recently reunited with original guitarist/showman extraordinaire Captain Sensible to record a new album, "Grave Disorder" (due August 21 via Nitro), the first studio collaboration between the pair in nearly 20 years.
With four nominations each, Craig David's "Fill Me In" (Wildstar/Atlantic) and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" (Skint/Astralwerks) lead the nominees for the 2001 Billboard Music Video Awards. The awards will be presented Nov. 2 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Both videos are also nominated for the Maximum Vision Award, given to the video that best advances an artist's career.
Teen pop act Dream Street will appear Thursday (Aug. 23) in Saugus, Mass., to kick off a back-to-school campaign with StudyWorks! Online. The event -- taking place at the Square One Mall beginning at 2 p.m. -- is being staged to emphasize the importance of learning math and science, something all five members of the group can identify with, as they each attend New York public high schools.
Electric Light Orchestra with Jeff Lynne has canceled its fall tour due to poor ticket sales, according to building managers. "It went off with a giant thud. We sold 750 seats the first day [of sales]. It was a resounding stiff," says Chris Hansen, GM of Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., where ELO was booked to play Sept. 17. Lynne is the only original member in this particular reincarnation of the band.
Sting has invited 200 lucky friends, family members, and contest winners to a private villa in Tuscany, Italy, for a Sept. 11 concert that will be taped for a live album and filmed for release on DVD. Among the guests will be two winners of a contest sponsored by VH1.com, running through Aug. 24. Interscope/A&M plans to release the album and DVD in late November.