Stories on Stabbing Westward, Liz Phair, and Slayer.
Following the band's July 1 set in Minneapolis, Stabbing Westward was forced to pull out of its support slot on the Cult's Beyond Good and Evil tour so that drummer Andy Kubiszewski could undergo minor surgery on his hand that was originally planned for after the tour's completion. While the surgery became more immediately necessary, Kubiszewski's recovery is expected to last "a couple of weeks," according to a spokesperson. The band hopes to be back in action to play a radio station-sponsored festival in Chicago at the end of the month.
Stabbing Westward was touring in support of its self-titled Koch album, which was released in May. The album, which debuted at No. 47 on The Billboard 200, was led by the single "So Far Away," which peaked at No. 21 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, and No. 23 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally. An acoustic version of "So Far Away" is at radio now, and the choice of a second single from the album is imminent, according to the spokesperson.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.