Billboard Bits: Badly Drawn Boy, Blackalicious, and more
News on Badly Drawn Boy, Blackalicious, Twisted Sister, Lit, MotorheadU.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) reportedly stormed off the stage at the Showbox club in Seattle Tuesday (May 15) after engaging in an argument with concert attendees who apparently talked during his performance. According to reports, the incident reportedly occurred two hours into the gig, while Gough was speaking between songs.
He is said to have become incensed when a group of people close to the front of the stage refused to stop talking over him (one female spectator called Gough "boring"). When they wouldn't quiet down, an upset Gough allegedly threw his guitar to the floor, knocked over a microphone stand, and stomped offstage. Five minutes later he returned, only to exchange expletives with the hecklers.
After the row, Gough did eventually resume his performance, which ran for a total of three hours. Badly Drawn Boy performs at the Fillmore in San Francisco tonight (May 18), before wrapping up his North American tour Monday (May 22) in Los Angeles.
-- John D. Luerssen, N.Y.
Underground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, have signed with MCA. The pair's debut album, "Blazing Arrow," is tentatively set for a fall release. The Oakland, Calif.-based outfit came to prominence with last February's "Nia" album, released on the Quannum Projects label the duo started with DJ Shadow and members of Latryx.
Blackalicious will perform May 27 with new MCA labelmate Common at the Memorial Auditorium in Stanford, Calif.
-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.
Twisted Sister's "Wake Up the Sleeping Giant" has been recorded by Public Enemy leader Chuck D for an upcoming tribute to the former New York-based pop/metal band. "Twisted Forever," tentatively due in September from Koch, will also include Twisted Sister covers by Sevendust, Cradle of Filth, and veteran metal act Motorhead.
As previously reported, alt-pop band Lit has recorded a cover of the band's anthem, "I Wanna Rock," for the collection.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.