Billboard Bits: D-Roc, Linkin Park, Coleman, Scialfa

News on D-Roc, Linkin Park, Coleman, Scialfa

RocBody Count guitarist D-Roc (real name: Dennis Miles) died Tuesday in California after a battle with lymphoma. He was 45. D-Roc is the third member of Body Count to pass away since 1996; Beatmaster V died that year due to leukemia and bassist Mooseman was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2000.

"D-Roc was the backbone of the Body Count sound," says group leader Ice-T. "Words cannot explain how much we will miss D-Roc more as a friend than as a band member."

In the wake of the controversy over the album and single "Cop Killer" during Body Count's early '90s heyday, D-Roc wore a hockey mask on and off-stage. "He didn't want to get caught up in the hype of being a star," says guitarist Ernie C, who is hoping Body Count will continue in some form. "Ice and I will always play together," he says.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

LinkinLinkin Park is donating $5 from each ticket sold for last night's (Aug. 18)
Projekt Revolution stop in Tampa, Fla., to the Red Cross Hurricane Charley Relief Fund. The first show at the city's Ford Amphitheatre since the storm ravaged the Sunshine State last week will result in a gift of more than $65,000, according to a statement from the band's label, Warner Bros.

"Linkin Park wants to do what they can to help those unfortunate people who have had their lives turned upside down by this terrible storm," the statement says. "This is a way for local Projekt Revolution fans to help their neighbors via a reliable relief effort."

The tour, which also features Korn, Snoop Dogg, Less Than Jake and others, continues tomorrow in Dallas.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ColemanOrnette Coleman has been chosen to receive the 11th Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, presented annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."

The renowned jazz composer/saxophonist will be presented with a silver medallion and $250,000 at an Oct. 14 ceremony in New York. He joins such past recipients as Bob Dylan (1997), author/playwright Arthur Miller (1999), dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham (2000), director Ingmar Bergman (1995) and architect Frank Gehry (1994).

"I am thrilled to accept this Gish Prize and to be in such illustrious company," Coleman says in a statement. "Music to me has always been a powerful form of individual expression and this award reinforces the spirit of artistic adventure and discovery."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

PattiE Street Band singer/guitarist Patti Scialfa will hit the road on a mini tour next month in support of her sophomore Columbia album, "23rd Street Lullaby." The run will kick off Sept. 15 in Asbury Park, N.J., and close Sept. 25 in Los Angeles.

Along the way, Scialfa will on Sept. 23 tape an appearance on the syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show" for a later airing, and perform Sept. 24 on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Released in June, "23rd Street Lullaby" debuted at No. 5 Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 40,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Scialfa's tour dates:

Sept. 15: Asbury Park, N.J. (Paramount Theatre)
Sept. 17: Boston (Paradise)
Sept. 19: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
Sept. 21: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Sept. 25: Los Angeles (Roxy)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.