Billboard Bits: Stereophonics, MTV Latin Awards, DMX/Eve

Stories about the Stereophonics, MTV Latin Awards and DMX and Eve.

StereophonicsDrummer Stuart Cable has split Welsh rock trio Stereophonics. In a statement posted yesterday (Sept. 25) on the V2 act's official Web site, front man Kelly Jones says Cable has had "commitment issues" since the release of the band's third album, "Just Enough Education to Perform," in 2001.

"Me and Stuart started a band when I was 12," Jones said. "Emotionally to me this is heartbreaking, I love him like a brother.

Jones noted that Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman will fill in for the upcoming Stereophonics tour, but he's not replacing Cable in the band. "Stuart is irreplaceable," he said. "No one member of the band is bigger than our songs. It's a rock and roll band and the upcoming shows will be rocking."

The band kicks off the brief French and German tour Oct. 2 in Lyon, France.

-- Lars Brandle, London

DidoDido, Control Machete and the Mars Volta have joined the list of performers for the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2003, set for Oct. 23 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The show will air live on MTV Latin America and on MTV2 in the U.S.

Previously announced performers are Alejandro Sanz, La Ley, Natalia Lafourcade, Iggy Pop and Sum 41.

-- Leila Cobo, Miami

DMXDMX will guest star on Monday's (Sept. 29) episode of the UPN sitcom "Eve." Starring fellow rapper Eve, the series is set in Miami, where DMX's character will play "the best tattoo artist in Miami."

DMX is tops this week on The Billboard 200 with his latest album, "Grand Champ" (Def Jam).
As previously reported, he holds a record as the only artist in the history of the chart to reach No. 1 with his first five albums.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.