Phish is preparing to swim again, but not before frontman Trey Anastasio takes his solo band out for one last spin. The group has set a nine-date East Coast run, beginning with an Oct. 22 benefit in Anastasio's Burlington, Vt., hometown. A portion of the proceeds from that show will be donated to Burlington City Arts, which works to "sustain and enhance" cultural life in the area.
Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil will return to a Steamboat Springs, Colo., nightclub to make up for walking off stage last week during a solo show, according to his manager, Burt Stein. Neil walked out on the Aug. 14 show at the Levelz nightclub in the resort town after someone threw something on stage.
The Who will later this week unveil The Who 2002 Encore Series of soundboard-sourced, authorized bootlegs of shows from its current North American tour. Via guitarist Pete Townshend's Eel Pie commerce site and new online site TheMusic.com, the double-disc sets will be available "within three weeks" of the given show. All proceeds will benefit "young peoples' charities supported by the Who," according to a statement.
Guided By Voices, Jimmy Eat World, and the Donnas will anchor the indie-focused This Ain't No Picnic festival in Irvine, Calif., this October. Returning after a two-year hiatus, the Oct. 5 event will feature a number of up-and-coming acts, including the Mars Volta, Pretty Girls Make Graves, El-P, and Les Savy Fav.
Blazin' Squad, an aggregation of 10 16-year-old friends, crashed in at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Aug. 25) with "Crossroads" (East West), a version of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 1996 hit "Tha Crossroads." The track was released just as group received their school exam results, and after an enthusiastic reception by the U.K.'s teen press and television, the single was able to unseat Sugababes' "Round Round" (Universal-Island) from the top.
Several hundred people rioted at the end of the U.K.'s weekend-long Leeds Festival, burning toilets and attacking police, West Yorkshire officials said today (Aug. 26). Police said 200 officers were called in after violence broke out just after midnight, as the Carling-sponsored event drew to a close.