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News on Foo Fighters, Breathe, Firesign TheatreFoo Fighters have canceled the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins was hospitalized yesterday morning (Aug. 20). Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" following the Foo's performance at the V2001 Festival in Chelmsford, England, during the weekend, according to a statement. He is reported to be in a stable condition, but no further details were available at deadline.
The canceled appearances include the Ilha Do Ermal festival tonight (Aug. 21) in Portugal, an Aug. 30 show in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Sept. 1 support slot with U2 at Dublin's Slane Castle.
-- Lars Brandle, London
Aaliyah, Seal, and Jurassic 5 have been added to the bill for Breathe, the inaugural breast cancer benefit organized by the Step Up Women's Network and Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins. The event, to be held Oct. 27 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, will also feature performances from Third Eye Blind, the Deftones, Sugar Ray, Liz Phair, Nikka Costa, Crazy Town, Julia Fordham, and Run-DMC.
Look for artists to perform in tandem with one another, including Seal and Jenkins, Crazy Town and Sugar Ray, and Run of Run-DMC with Jurassic 5. More acts are expected to be added in the coming weeks. For ticket information, contact the Step Up Women's Network at (323) 549-5347.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Phil Proctor -- collectively known as the Firesign Theatre -- will celebrate their 35th anniversary with the release of "The Bride of Firesign," a new studio album due Sept. 4 via Rhino.
In conjunction with its anniversary, the comedy troupe will also star in a new television special, "Weirdly Cool," which will tape on Friday (Aug. 24) in Los Angeles for December broadcast on select PBS outlets. The show will feature classic sketches and characters, as well as archival footage, a video produced by Michael Nesmith for Firesign's 25th anniversary tour, and testimonials by celebrity fans of the group. Rhino Home Video plans to release the special in the spring on videocassette and DVD.
A staple of L.A. radio for more than a decade after its founding in 1966, the Firesign Theatre has released more than 20 albums to date. "The Bride of Firesign" completes the group's "millennial trilogy" for Rhino, which began in 1998 with its first studio recording in 15 years, "Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death," and continued with "Boom Dot Bust."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.