News on Metallica, SARS, Amy Grant
Members of Aerosmith, Blink-182, Linkin Park, and Staind have been added to the festivities of MTV's Metallica "mtvICON" special. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Travis Barker from Blink-182, Lisa Marie Presley, Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok from Staind, Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, and Slash will join actors Jim Breuer, Sean Penn, and Lara Flynn Boyle as presenters for the special, which will air May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
As previously reported , Korn, Limp Bizkit, Sum 41, and Avril Lavigne will perform at the tribute, as will Metallica itself, marking the group's first TV appearance with new bassist Rob Trujillo.
Metallica's new album, "St. Anger," arrives June 10 via Elektra. As previously reported , the set will come bundled with a bonus DVD, featuring the band playing each of the album's 11 tracks in a live setting.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Two major music events in Taiwan have been scrapped due to the SARS epidemic, Billboard Bulletin reports. The Taiwan government has imposed a compulsory 10-day quarantine for people arriving in the territory from SARS-affected areas, including Hong Kong, China, and Toronto. There is also concern about events where large gatherings of people are together for more than three hours.
The annual Golden Melody Awards for Chinese-language music have been postponed. The gala, sponsored and organized by Taiwan's Government Information Office, was scheduled for Saturday (May 3) in Taipei. No new date has been set.
Also, MTV Taiwan has canceled its annual MTV Music Festival, a free open-air concert that was to take place June 7 in downtown Taipei. "We canceled because foreign artists can't confirm their schedules for early June," says MTV Taiwan GM Simon Ho. A three-day MTV festival in the northern town of Fulong is so far expected to go ahead as planned in July.
-- Tim Culpan, Taipei
Singer/songwriter Amy Grant, vocal group Sounds Of Blackness, and the Osmond Brothers will perform at the inaugural In Celebration of Education gala benefiting Scholarship America on May 18 in Minneapolis. Part of National Scholarship Month, for which Grant is a spokesperson, the event will be hosted by veteran entertainer Tony Orlando.
"Our children are our future, and the value of their education is limitless," Grant said in a statement. "Scholarship America helps tomorrow's leaders realize their educational dreams today and everyday, and that is worth singing about." Grant's next album, tentatively titled "Simple Things," is due Aug. 12 via Word Records, according to her official Web site .
Individual tickets are available from TicketWorks . For information on sponsored tables, contact Scholarship America at 952-830-7305.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
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