Ozzy Osbourne and his family are taking in a teenager whose mother died of the same type of cancer afflicting his wife, Sharon. Robert Marcato, an 18-year-old friend of the Osbournes' daughters, will continue his education with the family's support and will be part of their MTV reality show's new season.
As first reported yesterday (Aug. 14), Drowning Pool lead singer Dave Williams was found dead in the band's tour bus in Manassas, Va., near where it was due to perform today, according to release from the group's label, Wind-Up Records. He was 30. The cause of death was unknown at deadline.
Of the upcoming batch of releases from country music's biggest stars, Shania Twain's "Up!" is the most anticipated by fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Twain pulled in 49% of 4,998 votes, giving her a huge margin over second place artist Faith Hill, who netted 15% of the tally.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says the band has just signed a deal to turn its autobiography, "The Dirt," into a film. "You don't want it to be too watered-down," Sixx says, "but at the same time, I think it's kind of a survival story of four guys that came from these four completely different places, went through the fire together and coming up the other side and still surviving."
Veteran rock trio Rush has tacked on a new leg of North American tour dates in support of its latest Anthem/Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails." The group will pause briefly following a Sept. 28 show in Chula Vista, Calif., and return to the stage Oct. 5 in Mexico City. The new dates encompass an Oct. 22 hometown show in Toronto and run through a Nov. 6 finale in East Rutherford, N.J. Tickets for the Tampa, Fla.; W. Palm Beach, Fla.; and Atlanta shows go on sale Saturday (Aug. 17).
Lance Bass' space voyage is at risk while Hollywood dealmakers and Russian bureaucrats squabble over payment for the pop idol's $20 million trip. "We have a contract, but we don't have any money," Russian Aerospace Agency spokesman Konstantin Kreidenko said.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have set an Oct. 8 release date for their new Warner Bros. studio set, "The Last DJ." The set, produced by longtime collaborator George Drakoulias, is the follow-up to "Echo," which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in May 1999. Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sings on "The Man Who Loves Women," while producer Jon Brion offered orchestral arrangements for "Like a Diamond," "Money Becomes King," and "Dreamville."
Ronnie Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones and a veteran of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, has tapped a host of famous and talented friends for "Not for Beginners," his seventh solo studio album.