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News on Tenacious D, Anastacia/Elton, Indigo Girls

DComedy rock duo Tenacious D has cut short its European tour in light of the war that has broken out in Iraq. The group canceled planned appearances this week in Sweden, including an appearance on the "Later with Luuk Show." In a statement on its official Web site, the band thanks the show's producer and staff for "their understanding in a difficult time for everyone. The D apologize to their fans in Sweden for this cancellation, but they promise to make this up to them in the future!"

In related news, Trainwreck, a side project of Tenacious D guitarist Kyle Gass, has set a number of tour dates. It will be supporting Vida Blue -- itself a side project of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell -- on the latter's five-date April U.S. tour, and Trainwreck has also scheduled bookend dates for April 6 at Los Angeles' Viper Room and April 14 at New York's Mercury Lounge.

As previously reported, Tenacious D will be the subject of a feature-length film, set to be directed by Liam Lynch for New Line Cinema.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.






AnastaciaLess than a month after successful breast cancer surgery, pop artist Anastacia will perform a pair of songs Sunday (March 23) with Elton John at the latter's 11th annual Oscar party. The event, staged jointly with In Style magazine, will feature the pair performing her single "I'm Outta Love" and his classic "The Bitch Is Back."

"I'm looking forward to getting back to doing what I do," Anastacia said in a statement. "I'm honored to be sharing the stage with one of my dearest friends."

According to John's official Web site, the party at the Marquee Club in West Hollywood will also find him performing with recent Grammy winner John Mayer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






IndigoThe Indigo Girls will visit U.S. college campuses with Native American activist Winona LaDuke on the Honor the Earth tour, beginning April 10 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and closing on Earth Day (April 22) in Greeley, Colo., near Denver. The trek is routed to allow the participants to visit Native American reservations currently implementing wind power and other alternative energies. Net proceeds will benefit the Energy Justice Initiative's support for wind projects on Great Plains reservations.

Each campus stop will feature talks by La Duke, twice a vice presidential candidate on Green Party candidate Ralph Nader's ticket, and Indigo Girls principals Amy Ray and Emily Saliers speaking to students about environmental activism and the development of wind power on Native lands. A 45-minute set by the band will follow the speeches. For more information, visit honortheearth.org.

Here are the Honor the Earth tour dates:

April 10: Northfield, Minn. (St. Olaf College; performance)
April 11: Rosebud Reservation, S.D. (visit)
April 12: Pine Ridge Reservation, S.D. (visit)
April 13: Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho; performance)
April 14: Yakima Reservation, Wash. (visit)
April 14: Ellensburg, Wash. (Central Washington University; performance)
April 15: Seattle (University of Washington; performance)
April 16: Columbia River/The Dalles, Ore. (visit)
April 17: Western Shoshone. Nev. (visit)
April 18: Skull Valley, Utah (visit)
April 19: Fort Collins, Colo. (Colorado State University; performance)
April 21: Durango, Colo. (Fort Lewis College; performance)
April 22: Greeley, Colo. (University of Northern Colorado; performance and Earth Day press conference)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.